How do I go about my daily business without accumulation trash? Truth is, some days I don't. Some days I fail miserably and the contents of my failure get placed in my trash jar for all to see:
All other days (which to be fair to myself, are most days) I fly through with no trash accumulated whatsoever. Here's first a poorly illustration of my utensils and below it a list for those who prefer words:
I use a homemade paste or toothy tabs from Lush. My toothbrush is made from bamboo and natural bristles and is compostable.
I use a homemade paste or an alum crystal. The homemade paste I concocted with things I had in the pantry. I wore it during a recent trip to Cairns and I swear I didn't smell, not a smidgen! It's amazing stuff. See recipe down below.
I use wooden bristle brushes and cloth napkins instead of disposable sponges and wipes. I make my own bench spray and I use Ecostore dish liquid in their new sugarcane packaging.
Plastic wrap, Deli items
I use beeswax wraps. My favourite are Gingham & Wax, made in the Blue Mountains, NSW.
I use an old jam jar. Best 'reusable cup' I've ever had.
Takeaway sandwiches, snacks
I give the sales person as cloth napkin to use instead of their disposable wrapping.
Produce, grocery shopping
Use cloth bags and old plastic mesh bags (the kind that oranges often come in) which I've saved over the years.
I take my own containers. The butcher weighs them first to zero the scales, then adds my desired contents.
I buy unpackaged olive oil soap from my local farmers' market and BYO my own container to fill up on their liquid castile soap.
Recipe for homemade deodorant
Equal quantities coconut oil, cacao butter and bicarb soda (I used 3 tbsp of each)
10 - 20 drops essential oil (I used lemon and wild orange)
Slowly melt all ingredients except for essential oil in an enamel pot. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Add essential oils. Stir well and pour into glass container. Allow to set in the fridge, stirring occasionally to avoid ingredients splitting or settling into different levels.
I keep the paste on my bathroom bench. It stays pretty solid unless you're in a tropical climate.
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