“We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.”Anne Marie Bonneau
I just so happen to be one of those people doing zero waste imperfectly. I’ll be the first to admit I am your average consumer. My husband and I are constantly ordering from Amazon and dealing with their extreme amount of packaging. I have a pantry full of one time use plastic and cardboard, I rarely remember to use my reusable bags at the grocery store, and I still use pads every month for my moon cycle.
Wow, Kay! Sounds like you’ve got some work to do! Why yes, yes it does.
I’ve recently realized how wasteful I am and decided to take some baby steps to lessen my carbon footprint. In my last post about setting boundaries I spoke to the effect that we should start small. I truly believe that is a lesson I can learn in zero waste, as well. I need to start small and build from there.
The first step I took on my rejuvenated journey to zero waste was to find a reusable dish sponge. Month after month I’d throw out a dirty sponge because it’s not recyclable. That’s 12 sponges a year for one household. I began to think about how many sponges get thrown out every year if everybody threw out their dish sponge once a month and realized just how big of a problem this was. I started doing some research and stumbled upon these beauties on Amazon (where else), click here to purchase. It’s a 4-pack of reusable, organic cotton dish sponges. They can be washed in the laundry with your clothes and reused after. No more throwing away sponges! Yay!! In using the product, I noticed it works a little different than an actual sponge. Mostly just the feel because it’s a little more pliable, but my sink and dishes are equally as clean and I can sleep better at night knowing I’m not tossing out a nasty sponge every month.
Next on my list was a new toothbrush and toothpaste. I had the same dilemma with my toothpaste containers and toothbrushes. Every time after I was done with one they’d end up in the garbage, again, because they can’t be recycled. It really peeves me when something can’t be recycled…if you can’t tell. In a Facebook ad, nonetheless, I found both a toothbrush AND toothpaste that are zero waste. The toothbrush is made out of bamboo and will eventually break down when thrown away and the toothpaste consists of little tablets in a small glass jar that can easily be recycled or reused. YAY!! Another great success. While using the toothbrush and toothpaste I noticed a couple things. The toothbrush is a soft brush so it doesn’t feel like it’s cleaning your teeth as well, but when you’re done your mouth feels perfectly clean. Also, the toothpaste doesn’t foam as much as normal toothpaste, but it also leaves my mouth and breath feeling minty fresh. Win win! If you’re interested in trying these little toothpaste bites and toothbrush, go to their website and check them out!
My final small step to zero waste was to purchase hand and body soap for the house. I wanted to eliminate the plastic bottles that come with soap. I went back to the magical Amazon and found exactly what I was looking for. A 6-pack of vegan bar soaps made mindfully in small batches. Click here to purchase yourself. I have so many reasons why I love this soap! Their ingredients are consciously sourced, their packaging is biodegradable, and the soaps smelled so good. They’re cruelty free. It’s made in small batches in a kitchen in Canada. It’s vegan and organic. It foams nicely, it leaves my hands and body feeling clean without feeling overly dried. The fragrance is pleasing yet not overwhelming because they use essential oils. I’m truly pleased with my purchase. I’ve now ordered this soap twice because I love it so much!
So what’s next on my zero waste agenda? Well, I’ve had some thoughts and have come up with two things, so far. First, I’d like to go back to using bar shampoo and conditioner. Second, I’d like to find a lotion bar. That will eliminate all the plastic bottles they come in. My hope would be that they come packaged in recyclable or biodegradable materials. They’re organic, cruelty free, and preferably vegan. I’d also like to find them locally sourced. That’s the one thing I have yet to do. I keep finding all these great products online and I keep forgetting about the little guys. My local friends! If any of you have any suggestions for me about the shampoo, conditioner, and lotion bars, let me know! I’d love to try them out. I’m also not against making them myself so if you have a recipe you’d like to share, I’m all ears!
Like Anne Marie Bonneau said, “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.” I truly believe in this and I’m hoping my small steps to zero waste make enough of an impact to lessen my carbon footprint while also inspiring others to do the same!
I’m curious, where are you on your journey to zero waste? What products do you use to eliminate your carbon footprint? What obstacles have you had to overcome while on your journey? Let us know in the comments below.
Thank you for joining me today on my journey to zero waste! As always, I hope your day is full of love and light.