#3 Invest in reusables
I've found that investing in items I love means I’m more likely to remember to bring them with me. A nice stainless-steel bottle for drinking water on the go, a reusable coffee cup for my takeaway organic caffeine fix and some reusable (organic cotton) cloth bags for buying loose dry goods or grabbing a croissant on the go all mean I can reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. You could even try making your own cloth bags if you’re crafty. It’s useful if you write the weight of the cloth bags and containers on them somewhere so the cashier can deduct the weight if necessary.
The key with reusables is to think ahead before grocery shopping. How many containers will I need for meat? How many cloth bags for fruit and veg? Making a list helps a lot. When I’m leaving the house, I always think “phone, keys, wallet, cloth bags!”
#4 Scrub up
Let’s not forget the bathroom - this can be a huge source of waste. The first thing I did was remove the bin as people tend to throw everything and anything in it, no matter if it’s recyclable or compostable.
Next, I simplified the products we used. A bar of organic soap replaced bottles of body wash and liquid hand soap. I started using a shampoo refill or shampoo bar for washing my hair and an organic bamboo toothbrush for brushing my teeth. When it comes to period products, there are various options that not only save money but are also a lot healthier than disposables. Try organic cotton reusable pads, a reusable silicone menstrual cup (my personal fave!) or invest in some organic cotton period pants that can absorb the equivalent of 2-3 tampons.
It can be tricky to find organic beauty products that are also packaged without plastic but there are some out there. Often, simple kitchen swaps will work just as well as “products”. I love to use olive oil as a moisturiser and make-up remover. Bicarbonate of soda works as a deodorant and tooth powder while cocoa powder can replace bronzer and brown eyeshadow as well as act as a dry shampoo for those with darker hair (try arrowroot powder if you have light hair).