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Reduce Waste This Month: Shampoo Bottle

One Easy Way We Have Reduced Waste This Month

My challenge for the next year is to find one way each month to reduce waste from our daily routine so we can try and live a more earth conscious life. Don’t get me wrong I will still need to shop but I will try to be more mindful and choose packaged free products. That’s a challenge, right? I was inspired by a blogger called Anita Van Dyke and her amazing efforts to re-use, reduce and recycle. Please see link to her blog on how to re-use jars for other purposes like storing homemade laundry detergent.

So, my first swap out is my shampoo. I have been using a brand which comes in a 350ml plastic pump bottle which is always thrown into the recycle bin when complete. Recycling is a much better alternative to throwing recyclable containers in the garbage bin however this process uses a lot of energy, chemicals and water. I feel if I can avoid it why not?

Many months ago, I watched a blog post from uselesswardrobe.dk and Signe the blogger was using a bar shampoo by LUSH to wash her hair. I remember I used to use these years ago! Well, my shampoo bottle has finally finished, and the time has come for the swap out. Hopefully that shampoo bottle will be the last shampoo bottle I will ever recycle again. (Wow dramatic statement!)

LUSH as it happens has a factory based in Vancouver and there is a store just two blocks away from my apartment. (This really isn’t a challenge at all, is it! LOL) I walked to the LUSH store and asked the lovely sales assistant to point me in the right direction to the bar shampoos. I smelt each one and decided on a lemon scented bar which is super refreshing and energizing! I love citrus smelling products so much. However, there are plenty more different scents if lemon is not your thing.

In addition, LUSH has conditioner bars too! I still have over a half a bottle of conditioner left but when it is used up I will purchase one of the conditioner bars also. I will keep you all informed when that happens😉

There was an option to purchase a round tin to hold your shampoo in, but I didn’t buy as I have a lovely soap dish at home. I was also offered a bag for my bar shampoo, but I declined as the bar could fit in my pocket.

So, in total I saved 3 items from going into the recycling bin in this shopping trip:

  1. a shampoo bottle,
  2. a round tin and
  3. a paper bag

That’s kinda cool right? I must admit I do feel good about it and it was only a matter of a small decision to say no to extra packaging in the store. Very simple and not difficult whatsoever. This is the mindset I will try and bring forward each time I go to purchase items in a store.

We have been using my bar soap for a week now and we are loving it! It lathers nicely, and my hair feels extremely clean after. Overall, I feel this was a successful swap out. I will follow up in 6 months and let you all know if I am still using this bar soap and give my honest review on bar soaps.

Thanks so much for reading😉 Any comments or suggestions you lovely peeps may have please leave in the comments section below. Peace out.

Homemade Cleaning Products

Homemade Cleaning Products: Why Use Them & How Hard Are They To Make?

The weather has finally improved in Vancouver (you will probably notice I mention the weather a lot…being from Ireland and living in Vancouver it’s impossible not to chat about the ever-changing climate) For some reason when the sun begins to shine I go into cleaning overdrive. Maybe because our apartment is brighter and I see all the dust and stains that usually hide out in the darker days. Who knows….maybe I’m nuts! Probably actually.

Recently I have been searching to find natural ways for cleaning our worktops, floors, sinks, toilet, laundry and rugs. On our quest for reducing as much waste as possible I have decided to make all our cleaning products using time old traditions. Castile soap, baking soda, vinegar, coconut oil and water are essentially all you will ever need. Simple, easy and most of us have these products in our kitchen cupboards.

From my research online, I have learned that homemade cleaning products don’t carry any extra harmful toxins, by reusing old spray bottles the number of containers going into garbage/recycle bins is reduced and no nasty chemicals are washed away into our water. Personally, I love that making my own products saves so much money on overpriced cleaning products. I would much rather spend my money elsewhere like a bar of good dark chocolate. (Although I really should be saving the money…ooh idea for another blog!)

So, this week we finally finished our store bought surface cleaner and I blocked out some time to make a nice surface cleaner. I searched online for a simple surface cleaner recipe and found this one on Anita Van Dykes blog (I love her!). Really it cannot get simpler. Castile soap and water in the ratio of 1:10. I filled one cup measure of castile soap and poured it in the old surface cleaning bottle and added 10 cups of water, I gave it a bit of a shake and that was it! Really! Why have I not done this before? It took all of 2min max. I will let you all know how well the surface cleaner works compared to the store bought brand and if I am still using it 3 months in. I’m off to buy some dark chocolate now. Chat soon and enjoy the sun!