So one way to get close to zero waste is to reduce the amount of plastic you use.
But it’s everywhere isn’t it?
From disposable biros to carrier bags to packaging, we can’t get away from it.
I’ve decided to do a ‘shopping list’ series, tackling some of the everyday things we use and trying to find alternatives.
I’m starting with deodorant – something most of us reach for at least once a day.
Aerosol cans are recyclable along with food tins and cans but many people use roll on or stick deodorants which come in thick plastic packaging.
Let’s take a look at some of the alternatives:
Bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
Bicarbonate of soda is the simplest powder deodorant you can use! Add a few drops of your favourite anti bacterial essential oil such as tea tree or lemon if you’re worried about pongy pits and apply the powder to your underarms.
Apparently, the lauric acid in coconut oil kills odour-causing bacteria to keep you smelling sweet. And according to users it doesn’t stain clothes; which was my first concern. To use, just dab a tiny amount of the coconut oil on your fingers and rub around your underarms.
Natural potassium alum works on the bacteria that causes wiffs. Some brands, like Pitrok, shape their crystals into plastic packaging, but if you buy from somewhere like Natural Spa Supplies you’ll get your crystal sent to you wrapped in cardboard and paper.
Weleda sell deodorant in glass bottles which you can then refill at home if you choose. Refill with witch hazel, distilled water and essential oils of your choice. I make mine using lemon, lime, grapefruit, coriander, clove and lavender for a lovely zesty fragrance.
LUSH sell a couple of solid deodorant bars containing bicarbonate of soda and essential oils which can be bought sans plastic packaging.
DIY deodorant recipe
If you’re feeling creative, why not give this a go:
- 4 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
- 4 tbsp arrowroot
- 6 tbsp coconut oil
- 10 drops favourite essential oil
- Gently melt the coconut oil in a bain marie
- Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining ingredients
- Pour into a suitable shaped mould (a great way to reuse a rogue plastic vending machine cup, perhaps?) and leave to set
What about you? Any suggestions for plastic free deodorant?