Well beyond food, personal care is our greatest area of environmental impact. Other ways of living that use too many of the world's resources are fairly easy to deal with. We
|Op shopped plates, jugs and glasses|
I no longer shave under my arms and it doesn't seem a big deal to me but others feel this crosses some line. Obviously we are meant to grow hair under our arms and it is just a societal rule that women shouldn't allow this to happen. I can't justify buying disposable razors, cut throat razors are not an option (too scary) and I am NOT going to wax under my arms - Ouch! Mind you, I was probably meant to grow hair on my upper lip at my age too but that crosses a line even for me! So I do use wax. Currently I have a pot of wax that I have for ages but when that finishes I have a couple of recipes for do-it-yourself waxes that are pretty simple. I'll probably give them a try.
(Besides, I hardly ever think to apply it!)
I use cloth pads these days. I find it funny to see the reaction that people have to this admission. "Eeew! No way! That's gross!" But having used cloth for a while, I now think disposable are gross! I liken using a disposable pad to wearing paper knickers. Really?! You find them comfortable? And as for the horror of having to deal with them afterwards..... I just soak them in a bucket with a lid until I'm ready to wash them. Once you get used to cloth pads, the idea of disposable is awful. I recently had to borrow a disposable pad when I was caught out and not only did it feel horrible, when I went to dispose of it, I felt revolted at the idea of someone else out there (rubbish truck, tip) having to deal with my mess.
We use hankies instead of tissues. They are great except my kids do tend to lose them and that frustrates me. We usually remember to take a clean, damp face-washer in a container out with us so we don't buy tissues or face wipes.
|Grandbaby hands with snuggle toy|
We use wooden handled toothbrushes. I bought them from here. They are made from bamboo and apparently both the handles and the bristles will biodegrade. Woo hoo!! Chuck your toothbrush in the compost!
I'm not sure if I've forgotten anything but I think I've covered most of it (except for hair which I'll write about another time). If you have anything to add like tips you have for reducing rubbish in the bathroom or products you've replaced please tell me about them in the comments. We can all benefit from learning new ideas!