You may have read in September this year, that I am attempting to assuage my consumer guilt by reducing my environmental impact. In order to do this without overwhelming myself and therefore ultimately failing, I am trying to make small changes and be more aware of the way in which I live and how that impacts upon the environment.
I have written before about breaking down large problems and finding tiny solutions to chip away at it. I began then, in May, to try to reduce my landfill output by using reusable face pads instead of disposable ones and stopping buying plastic water bottles. In September, I made a few conscious purchases to further lessen my environmental impact.
So, I may as well be honest here. This is, after all, my blog and I’m in charge of it. So if there is anyone reading it you may as well know what’s really going on. Here’s a breakdown of what has and hasn’t worked for me on this quest for an eco lifestyle, failings and all:
Solid Shampoo Bars
I bought a Lush solid shampoo bar for £6 and was quite pleased with it. I did, however, find that my roots were greasy after a day which is not normal for me. I endeavoured to be more thorough next time, which I was. My hair still didn’t stay too clean for long and, being the lazy washer that I am, I’ve started using the solid shampoo about only every third shower. Not a triumph yet.
Glass Fridge Jug
Love it. I’ve got two. One has never had anything it in and the other gets filled with tap water when I remember and put on the table for dinner parties. Must try harder…
I’m sure it’s a fabulous oil for skin. Haven’t tried it yet…
I bought Charcoalogy soap from TK Maxx and love it. It leaves my skin squeaky clean but not dried out. I did mention that I am a lazy washer so I do only use it a couple of times a week.
Reusable Cotton Pads
Now these I do use every day. I use them to cleanse my face with my micelar water, and to tone too. (I have bought witch-hazel to tone with but haven’t yet).
I have toothy tabs from Lush for travelling but they taste vile and I’ve yet to get used to them. I also have their Atomic Tooth Powder which is better. But I love my Kiing Activated Charcoal Toothpaste that came from a vegan festival in Portsmouth. I haven’t been using it every time I brush my teeth but a few times a week so far. It’s minty and satisfyingly black
Natracare Panty Liners and Sanitary Towels
The next best thing to non-disposables. These cotton pads are so much better than anything else I have found on the market. Team these with my MoonCup and a period is a dream (well, less of a nightmare than usual).
DIY Multi Purpose Cleaner
I made this one which works great but smells very strongly of vinegar (go figure) and has gone a less-instagrammable brown colour now…
Mostly used for display in the kitchen to be honest but I’m also getting better at using them for fridge food storage.
I have a reusable bottle that I bring everywhere with me with the exception of my holiday in Barcelona where I bought bottled water almost every day… I slipped! Forgive me.
Has anyone got any tips or recommendations? I’m loving trying to change my lifestyle but am struggling an some areas. Any haircare tips? That seems like the hardest part!