Welcome to Zero Waste Week 2018 – day two!

zero waste week 2018 day 2 challenge - reducing plastic in the bathroom

How did you get on yesterday with discovering your big WHY?

I had lots of emails with all sorts of reasons WHY you wanted to reduce your plastic usage this week.

Ideas ranged from wanting to protect resources, being fed up of having to deal with all the waste, to wanting to protect endangered animals.

My husband’s inspiration came from a photograph he saw of a turtle who had swallowed a carrier bag. Do you know what went through my husband’s mind? He said “That could have been MY carrier bag.”

Sounds crazy, right?

But think about it.

That bag belonged to someone, once. Maybe it was yours…

reptiles and fish in danger as result of plastic litter in the sea - zero waste week

Keeping your motivation in mind then, today we’re off to the bathroom.

Apparently the average man uses five personal care products a day, and the average woman uses 12.

The cosmetics industry created 120.8 million units of packaging in 2008.

Every year 23,000 tonnes of toothbrushes and two billion disposable razors end up in US landfill.

What I’ve discovered over the years is that less really is more!

My skin looks better now than it did several decades ago and I put that down, in part, to my simplified skincare routine.

I’m spending less money, using less toxic products and have far less plastic to deal with.

Spend a moment in your bathroom checking the products you use on a daily basis. I’m not asking you to throw anything away – that would be wasteful in itself but when it’s time to buy something new, ask yourself if you really need it at all, or whether you can swap a current product for something with less plastic.

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These blog posts might inspire you:

Here are some of my favourite plastic free skincare products, including how I wash like a rhino, using clay!

4 zero waste toothbrushes for you to consider.

6 plastic free deodorant ideas.

A couple of toothpaste recipes.

Let me know what you do to reduce plastic waste in your bathroom!

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