The journey towards plastic free living isn’t easy! Let’s be real. Sometimes it is hard to imagine that my personal choices, on how to reduce my plastic use at home, can actually do something for our planet and the inevitable climate change. But if we all thought that way, change in any area would never happen. Change always starts with us!
So, on that note, I would like to share a few steps and products with you that I have loved and have made it simple and affordable to create a plastic free bathroom. And, let’s be honest, plastic free products look so much prettier than gigantic plastic bottles. Not only is it better for the environment, it clutters my space and makes it look beautiful and peaceful.
Here is my first tip
In one of my previous posts I have already talked about the clean sponge. I have been using it for a while now and still love it. Yes, reusable make up pads are great, but you still need to use a face cleanser and most of them come in plastic bottles. With the clean sponge, you simply use water. It cleans the face very well and gets off makeup only with water. After you clean your face, rinse out the sponge and use a bit of soap to get the make up stains and dirt out. Then you hang it up overnight to dry, and it will be ready to use again the next day. You can throw it in the wash once a week or so, that’s it! I honestly love it and what I love about it even more is that my almost 13 year old son likes to use it now for his face at night as well. It’s never too early to start taking care of your skin especially when you are approaching the teenager years and with that some possible skin issues.
Speaking of skin issues
I have made a new plastic free discovery the other day when I researched natural skin care products for teenagers. I am very determined to help my son avoid acne and other skin issues that he might have to encounter in the next few years. Besides talking to him about nutrition, I have been teaching him small steps to take care of his skin. Even if some of the pimples may not be preventable, I definitely want him to get used to taking care of his skin.
I found this wonderful face cream that comes in a glass jar by eraorganics. It received very good reviews and the ingredients look flawless as far as I can tell: aloe vera, pomegranate seed, burdock, St. John’s Wort and white willow extract. It is safe for kids and a small amount goes a long way. I can already tell that this small glass jar will last us for a long time. And did I mention that it comes in a glass jar? So far, I am very happy with it, but I will keep you updated on how it will work on my son’s skin. Apparently it also helps greatly with rosacae which my husband suffers from sometimes. I hope that he will start using it regularly, so I can tell you if that’s the case or not.
A good shampoo bar
For a long time now, I have been trying to find a good shampoo bar. I have tried a couple that worked fine, but I could never find a conditioner bar and my hair definetely needs it. After a bit of research, I was able to find a shampoo and conditioner bar combination and I very much love using both. I find that you only need a small amount and my hair feels great afterwards. The shampoo bar and conditioner come in plastic free and 100% recyable packaging. They both have a peppermint smell, but it is very mild and subtle which is great for me since I am not a big fan of fragrances. They also have a fragrance free version. I can highly recommend these bars. I am still trying to figure out how long they will last, considering that a lot of shampoo bars are not cheap (which is my one small criticism). However, from what I have seen this is reasonable.
Let’s talk shaving
The other day I went to Target to purchase something for my kids’ school and walked along the razor section. The amount of plastic you see on only one wall is insane. Let’s remind ourselves that plastic is one of the worst pollutant and it will be around for years and years to come, no matter where it ends up. It simply is not degradable. When I read, that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish, it certainly changed the way I noticed the amount of plastic that is around us. And plastic razors plus the plastic packaging of those razors is in my humble opinion an unnecessary expense. For a few months now I have been using this one made from metal and wood. I will be able to use it for years and I don’t understand why I didn’t get it sooner.
The enjoyment of going plastic free
Here they are! My four products that I plan to use for a very long time. They are affordable and can greatly reduce the amount of plastic in your bathroom, too. And not only will it be good for the environment, but also healthy for you and your skin. I definitely believe in less is more in most areas of my life and I believe in quality over quantity. Quality over quantity will always safe you money in the long run!
There are many, great companies whose mission it is to reduce plastic and promote healthy products. I will continue my research and inform you of many more places that can help us all make better choices. It has truly become my mission and passion and I love doing the research for you. As overwhelming as the process can be and as far away as I am from being plastic free to this day, I enjoy it so much when I find something that works for me and will help me safe money. I hope it can do the same for you!
Please, let me know if and when you try any of the products I mentioned above. I would love to know your opinion on them. And also, if you have made some attempts to go plastic free, tell me about it. I love to learn what others have discovered.
Stay tuned for my next post! I am going to write about silicone products and explore the following questions: What exactly is silicone? Is it truly a better alternative to plastic?
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