I’m sure you’re wondering, ‘How do I actually do this minimal waste lifestyle?” Well, it takes time and energy to get it right. After 4 months of my minimalist and zero-waste journey, I have found myself experimenting with MANY different recipes for homemade products. By many, I mean almost enough to convince myself to just buy the packaged version from the supermarket. Still to this day I am constantly changing recipes and researching new alternatives -- and that’s what makes this journey so fun! I get to create something I know is good for me, the environment, and is sustainable. However, as my frustration subside, I thought it would be helpful to share this with you -- now you can start making your own products at home like a zero-waste guru!
Below are some of my staple everyday products that are ridiculously easy, affordable, and conveniently suited to the zero-waste lifestyle. You can buy these ingredients in bulk, in recyclable or biodegradable packaging. However, these recipes are what I have found to suit me, which may be different to what works best with you. Feel free to play around with the recipes or take an entirely new approach.
Toothpaste for a blingy smile:
1 part baking soda
1 part coconut oil (to make the consistency a little less powdery and)
Optional: 5 drops of peppermint essential oil
For extra whitening: a few sprinkles of activated charcoal
Fresh smelling deodorant
A shampoo trick
Reusable container filled up with bulk shampoo from Melbourne store, “The Source”
(There’s heaps of shampoo bars and environmentally friendly shampoo/conditioner products online as well)
Zero-waste soap to keep you clean as a bean
Face Wash for a shiny complexion
Local, organic honey in a glass jar
Mixed with water, you can use the antibacterial characteristics of honey to wash your face
Moisturiser/lotion for those dry days
Hair removal tricks
AND, some extra zero-waste purchasing tips
Sometimes, you can’t avoid packaging on products you need, BUT you can recycle of the packaging consciously and responsibly. At your local recycling centre, or upcycle it yourself!
Always have a reusable bag, tupperware container, glass jar, and metal straw handy when you’re out. And try getting into the habit of asking for no plastic.
If you make a mistake and end up carrying the guilt of your trash, don’t forget to forgive yourself. Mistakes are learned from, and don’t reflect who you are on the inside -- It’s ok to crack our outer shell a little because our inner core is what remains good!
Now be off and start reducing your trash!