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11 Zero Waste Skincare Products + DIYs

 
11 Zero Waste Skincare Products + DIYs


What does your skincare regimen look like? For many people, it involves commercially advertised products that are filled with chemicals harmful for not only your body, but the environment as well. Being zero waste doesn’t only have to involve metal straws and reusable grocery bags, it also means using products that are made up of completely sustainable and organic ingredients. Using zero waste skincare products is a surefire way to do that. This post is dedicated to the top 11 zero waste skincare products and DIYs that will enhance your everyday skincare routine. Some items are pricey, while others are cheaper, but one thing I can promise you is that each and every one of these products is zero waste, natural, and none of them are packaged in plastic. 

Zero Waste Deodorant Without Baking Soda



Zero Waste Deodorant Without Baking Soda

It's really not hard to make your own zero waste deodorant, but lots of recipes call for baking soda. While I'm personally not sensitive to baking soda, there are many who are. Because of that, I thought it would be great to whip up a recipe that doesn't require any baking soda at all. It's baking soda free, but just as effective. Honestly, I love it just as much, if not more, than my original zero waste deodorant (with baking soda). It glides on so smoothly and leaves absolutely no smelly odors behind - only the pleasant orange scent I chose to make it with. With it being summer now, it's a much welcome DIY. It won't stop you from sweating (it's not an anti-perspirant), but it will stop you from smelling. Here's how to whip up some for yourself and stop wasting money on store bought brands.

What is Food Justice + Why Is It Important?


What is Food Justice + Why Is It Important?

What is food justice and why is it important? How does it connect to environmental racism and race in general? I feel within the zero waste community, this isn't a topic that's often talked about enough. We're often encouraged to shop for our groceries plastic-free, which while a nice ideal, isn't possible for everyone for varying reasons. So many people do not have access to bulk food stores, farmers markets, or fresh produce in general, let alone plastic-free produce. How can we expect to make the zero waste movement more inclusive if we cannot see and address these problems? We can start by examining food justice, and how it correlates to race and the environment. 

How to Have a Paperless Kitchen


How to Have a Paperless Kitchen

Looking to create a paperless kitchen? I don't blame you: The cost of napkins and paper towels truly add up. Plus, think about how much waste you're creating! There's the obvious waste (the actual paper towel or napkin itself), but also the not so obvious waste to take into account. For example, the resources needed to make a paper towel or napkin, including energy, water, and trees (which need water to grow). And, to make matters worse, paper items always tend to come wrapped in plastic. As if it weren't bad enough on its own, right? But it doesn't have to be this way - you can save money and help the environment at the same time by switching to reusable cloth towels and napkins. We have to re-train our brains to realize we don't need to waste a piece of paper to wipe a spill or our faces. I know it may seem daunting to stop using paper towels, but it's really quite easy once you get the hang of it. Going paperless doesn't have to be scary. In fact, our grandparents and great grandparents didn't have access to disposable options like we do, and they were masters at pinching pennies and saving resources! They never used paper towels - rather dish cloths, hand towels and kitchen cloths. Lets talk about why it's important to have a paperless kitchen, and ways we can achieve it hassle free.  

8 No-Cost Plastic Free July Hacks


8 No-Cost Plastic Free July Hacks

Are you planning on participating in Plastic Free July this year? I've been participating in it for a few years now and really love it, but I know a lot of people have mixed feelings about the challenge. Some people find it a bit 'meh', but I do think it's a good stepping stone to introduce people to the zero waste movement. You can choose to go all out or just make a few swaps (even one is fine!) - it adds up and helps the movement as a whole in the long run. You can also choose the duration you want to take the challenge for - a day, a week, all of July, or from here on out. I love the accessibility of that! But I also know that not everyone can afford to buy a bunch of new plastic-free items. Zero waste products can get pretty pricey, and it's not okay to make people believe they can participate only if they buy products. The truth is, you can participate in this challenge without spending a dime. Sometimes, zero waste swaps are as simple as using what you have on hand! In the spirit of being more inclusive and making this movement even more accessible, here's 8 no-cost Plastic Free July hacks.