"The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it." -Robert Swan
Over the past few years, I've been focusing on creating less waste. The knowledge that our resources are limited is never far from my thoughts. Here are a few ways that I have adapted my life and moved toward zero waste.
This safety razor is on point. It is made completely out of metal and is fully recyclable should you need to get rid of it. I be sure to dry mine thoroughly (to avoid rust) in hopes that I will have it for decades. The razor blades cost about 10 cents a piece, last for a long time, and are also recyclable (although I package them safely amongst other recyclables to be sure it doesn't cut anyone). This both saves a bundle of money (as compared to typical razors and cartridges) and creates very little waste. When shaving, I do have to be much more careful with this razor as it is easier to cut myself (although this has only happened once). I don't do a quick shave in the shower like I used to, but instead turn on a good podcast and take my time with shaving using soap (Dr Bronner's Castille) and a cup of water. It's become a little bit of a ritual and helps me to be more present.
To limit my single use items, I traded out cotton balls for these reusable cotton rounds. I use them for removing eye makeup and nail polish, with toner, etc. Toss them in a mesh bag to launder and they come out good as new. It's nice not buying cotton balls anymore and I have a feeling these will last me for years.
I've used high quality olive oil as eye makeup remover for a few years. I only wear mascara so I can't speak for eyeshadow, but it removes it easily every time. It saves on buying single use plastic bottles of eye makeup remover. I bring my jar into the store to fill it with olive oil from the bulk section. It also lacks the chemicals that conventional eye makeup removers often contain. I'm sure there are even better solutions for zero waste makeup removal, but it has worked well for me.
This will probably be a recurring post topic as there are so many ways to create less waste in our lives.
"It is our collective and individual responsibility to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live." Dalai Lama