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Zero-waste creations... from your own kitchen

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

  • Environmental/biodegradable toothbrush

Fresh smelling deodorant

  • 1 part baking soda

  • 1 part coconut oil

  • 5 drops of lemongrass essential oil (or whatever scent suits

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

  • Soap bar from organic and natural soap store (biodegradable or no packaging preferred)

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

  • My good old friend, virgin coconut oil

Hair removal tricks

  • Safety razor, packaging can be sent back to the supplier (Muhl brand)

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!

#lessrubies #zerowaste #recipes