The general principles are the same as food, really. You know what I mean, I don’t need to lecture you.
We all know we need to buy less and buy less in plastic. Understand really deep in your soul that yet another new lipstick in a jazzy tube will not change your life. Other obvious things that you do already: don’t use wipes, use cakes of soap rather than plastic bottles. You don’t need to wash top to toe every single day. It’s bad for your skin anyway and a huge waste of water.
All sorts of great plastic-free products can be found at Beauty Kubes and also at Lush. The only downside of things like shampoo bars I can see is the care – if you leave them in the shower they tend to turn to mush.
You basically have to take them in and out of the shower with you and leave to dry between shampoos somewhere. Lush sell very cute little tins to transport the shampoo in but alas all that happens is they get stuck tight to the bottom of the tin.
My January Baby makes and sells washable wipes – her make-up wipe idea is very good – you buy a bag of seven wipes, use one every day and then stick the whole lot back in the cotton bag and into the wash.
Peace With the Wild also has all sorts of clever stuff along these lines and is definitely worth looking at, I like the look of their toothpastes in particular – toothpaste tubes being the no.1 most totally non biodegradable thing out there.
I have recently been contacted by a new natural deodorant company called Wild Cosmetics – they’re supposed to be sending me a sample to try (I am sceptical), but it hasn’t arrived yet. Has anyone tried a natural deodorant that works? I mean as an anti-perspirant, too. I sweat and while I’m not ashamed of this, I don’t particularly want to.
Regular Spike reader AC has recommended Malin & Goetz and Aesop as practical alternatives.
Ohne make and deliver organic tampons, while also supporting a menstrual health charity in Zambia.
Silicon period “cups” are becoming more popular – a bit of research shows that the OrganiCup outperforms the original Moon Cup. I had more than one email saying “I haven’t told anyone this, but I use a moon cup.” Its negative association with massive weird hippiedom – (a thing I suspect propagated by tampon companies anyway) – is on the wane, which can only be a good thing.
Personally I hated my period so much I got a coil – but that might be a bit extreme for you.
Washable nappies: even if you don’t use a washable nappy every single nappy change, if you can work even one or two a day into your routine it’s better than nothing. I didn’t use washable nappies ever with my kids, (because I bizarrely thought that it was an all-or-nothing thing), and occasionally lie awake feeling bad. Things have really moved on since mine were in nappies and there are washable nappy alternatives that are really viable, at least for some nappy changes.
Recycle your contact lenses and packaging at Terracycle stations all over the country. I don’t find the Terracycle website madly user-friendly but with a bit of effort you can find free recycling drop-off points all over the country for all sort of mad things like crisp packets and fag butts.
Pikster, the inter-dental brush people, now make a pik from bamboo.
How about you? Please leave your top eco health and beauty swaps or tips in the box below.