Over the last twelve years or so, I have been moving towards using less packaging and making more of my own products (dragging my family, crying and whinging, with me). During that time we have managed to swap a lot of usual products in plastic bottles for home made or zero waste products.
Detergent – we now use soap nuts and essential oils
Fabric softener – we don’t use it
Washing up – we use fully compostable brushes for washing up and homemade dish washing tabs for detergent
Surface cleaning spray – I make a spray from vinegar, detergent, peroxide and essential oils for wiping benches and use home made unpaper towels for mess cleaning
Reusable zip lock bags – I have been gradually increasing our store of those silicon storage bags that we use in the freezer and to hold leftovers in the fridge. They save so much waste.
Toilet paper – we use a bidet and family cloths to dry our nether regions
Soap – I make soap from used cooking oil every six months or so, that is the only soap we use
Shampoo – we use a shampoo bar and sometimes a conditioner bar when washing our hair
Toothpaste and brushes – we use a bought (sometimes home made) tooth powder and compostable toothbrushes
We are making a difference to our world. I needed to make this into a post (with photos) to be able to fully appreciate the many things we have accomplished. Our achievements disappear in the mass of things we haven’t done yet, leaving us feeling helpless and frail. This is my celebration and a reminder of how far we have come on our sustainable journey. Now time to look forwards.
make bath bud scrubbers
make my own scrubbing brushes and toothbrushes