Simple Ways to Reduce Plastic in Your Life AND Save Money! The Using Less Plastic Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello! ūüôā

Ok, so the image above of women wearing plastic face protection from snowstorms may have not caught on (thankfully), most of us can still reduce plastic in our lives very easily!

Here are some simple ways to reduce plastic in your life (adding onto my previous Using Less Plastic Challenge Posts).  Most, if not all, of these simple steps help you save money in the long run too!

1. Switch to body oil to moisturize your body.  Most lotions come in plastic tubes or plastic bottles.  By switching to body oil packaged in a glass bottle with a metal lid, you help to make sure that the packaging is truly able to be recycled.  Just make sure that your skin is damp (just after taking a shower is a good time to moisturize skin with oil), and you do not need to use very much.  A small amount really goes a long way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.¬†¬†Switch to¬†handkerchiefs.¬† This may seem like it does not actually have to do with plastic, but it does.¬† Most disposable tissue boxes do have a plastic window around the opening where you grab a tissue from.¬† Handkerchiefs are so much more economical (only have to buy them once and they last for years) and you can just throw them in with any wash load you wish.¬† Plus they feel, and are, so much softer on your nose!¬† The above image is my collection of handkerchiefs that I have been using for several months now ūüôā

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Switch to at least a couple natural homemade skincare products.  I know it is hard to switch all of your skincare products over, but even just switching over one or two helps to significantly reduce the amount of plastic consumed.  Honey is an awesome cleanser (the only one I use at this point) and fresh lime juice is a wonderful acne and acne scar treatment.

Click here to see My Skincare Routine for Clear Skin Naturally post about how I use these!  You will also save money by switching to these if you typically use a little bit more pricy cleansers and treatments.  Also, you will not have as much visual clutter in your bathroom.

4. Switch to a safety razor.¬† What is a safety razor?¬† It is like a disposable razor, but rather than throwing the razor away, or buying new cartridges and throwing the old ones away, you buy a metal razor¬†(some do have plastic handles) and you just replace the blades.¬† I have not¬†bought a safety razor¬†yet (I’m using up my disposable razors first) but many people who do use them say they give closer shaves, and that you do need to use a lighter hand when using them (ever notice how much pressure you have to use with disposable razors to shave?).

Now, you can buy a new safety razor, but they are expensive (the cheapest I’ve seen is $60 and up).¬† So, why not be extra nice to your wallet and the Earth by buying a vintage one? (You won’t be using¬†vintage blades- essentially you’ll only be reusing the handle).¬† You can buy a vintage safety razor at some antique stores, www.etsy.com, among other sites.¬† And replacement blades can be bought in bulk on Amazon and are much less expensive compared to the replacement disposable cartridges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Buy some of your clothes secondhand.¬† Although while researching I do not get a definite yes or no answer, most polyester (if not all) is actually plastic.¬† Have you heard of the polyester clothing made from PET bottles?¬† That’s why that is possible.¬† So, by buying some of your clothes secondhand, you help to reduce the amount of clothing made of thermoplastics, and also help to reduce the amount of clothing discarded yearly.¬† Buying secondhand also helps your wallet!¬† If you have a little bit more money to spare, organic cotton, or hemp, clothing are also nice alternatives to man-made.¬† The image above is a beautiful blue striped sweaterdress that I found at a local thrift store for $2.50!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Make your own laundry soap with castile bar soaps!  Even if we ignore the possible health problems of conventional laundry detergents (including even ones such as Tide Free & Gentle), these along with even most eco-friendly laundry detergents are packaged in plastic.  We can simply avoid this constant buying of laundry detergent packaged in plastic by making our own!  Above is a photo of the container I am using at the moment to hold my laundry soap (It is an old castile liquid soap container.  I plan to switch to a glass container at some point) and an old laundry detergent lid that has the measurements on it.

How to: Take one bar of castile soap and grate 1/3 to 1/2 of a bar.  Bring about one gallon of water to a boil.  When the water is boiling, stir the grated soap into the water, until it dissolves.  Let it simmer for another 5-10 minutes, stirring occassionally.  Then, take the pot off the stove and let the laundry soap cool for a couple of hours (or until it is completely cool).  Lastly, place into a container of your choice.

And there you have a wonderful laundry soap!¬† I personally use Dr. Bronner’s Castile Bar Soaps.¬† They smell amazing, and their Baby Mild¬†one is nice if you are very sensitive to scents, or if you have young children.¬† My three favorites are Lavender, Peppermint, and Baby Mild.¬† They are a little less than $5 a bar of soap.¬† You can buy the Lavender and Peppermint scents at Target, or you can buy all of their scents on Dr. Bronner’s site at www.drbronner.com. So, you are paying $2.50 for laundry soap that is safe for the planet, safe for you, you are saving money, and you are reducing the amount of plastic consumed! ūüôā¬† It’s a wonderful feeling.

I’ve found that I use the same amount of this laundry soap as I did with conventional laundry detergents.¬† If you have not used castile liquid soap to wash your clothes before, I have read that it may take a wash or two for your clothes to get the residue of the previous detergents off.¬† However, I have not found this to be the case, even when I switched from conventional detergents over to a castile liquid soap I bought (it was so expensive though).¬† Also, this laundry soap works nicely even in hard water!¬† I have extremely hard water, and it cleans wonderfully in it.

So there are some simple ways to reduce plastic!  Have you tried any of the suggestions above, or have any others to add?  Any questions?  Leave them in the comment section!

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

Please Note: The image of the women wearing the plastic snowstorm protectors is used under the Commons license, shared by the Nationaal Archief on Flickr, and can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationaalarchief/4193509756/  All the other images shown are my own.

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NUDE Skincare Cleansing Facial Oil

Sunny Mother Nature likes using NUDE Skincare’s Cleansing Facial Oil.

Cleansing Facial Oil

For the past 6 months I have been trying to get away from using foaming facial cleansers, especially ones made for oily skin.¬† I have thought for years that I have an oily skin type.¬† Yet, what do I find out when I switched to non-foaming cleansers-this is not the case!¬† I actually have combination to normal skin.¬† Imagine that!¬† (By using cleansers for oily skin, my skin would get really dry because the cleansers were trying to get rid of the excess oil.¬† Yet, this then made my face even more oily because my face was trying to make up for the oil lost to the cleanser.¬†¬†When I stopped stripping my face of the oil, that’s when my face started to stop producing as much oil as it used to and my face then went to combination/normal skin)

However, for me, switching to just non-foaming cleansers wasn’t enough.¬† I wanted to start using a natural non-foaming cleanser (or at least one with¬†very little foaming).

I was looking on Sephora (www.sephora.com) to see if they had any under their Natural Seal that appealed to me.¬† NUDE Skincare’s Cleansing Facial Oil was the one that popped out at me.¬†

It states on the back of the bottle¬†that “This remarkable cleanser effectively removes even the most stubborn make-up.¬† The beautiful non-irritating natural oil protects and leaves skin smooth, supple and perfectly soft.¬† Warm between hands and massage onto dry face.¬† Apply warm water to form a light milk and rinse clean.¬† For normal to dry skin.”¬† (Although, on the box it says “For all skin types.”)¬† It is $36 for 3.4 oz from either www.sephora.com, or www.nudeskincare.com.

Also, this product does not have parabens, sulphates, PEGs, TEA, DEA, propylene glycol, phthalates, GMO, mineral oil, or silicones.  So, NUDE Skincare is being nice to you and Mother Nature.  These ingredients are not being absorbed by your skin and they are not going down the pipes into our water supplies, or into our environment.

It’s ingredients are glycine soja (soybean) oil, polyglyceryl-4-oleate (vegetable oil), squalene (olive oil), tocopherol acetate (plant sources), natural fragrance (parfum), benzyl benzoate (essential oil), linalool (essential oil), eugenol (essential oil).

I did not notice until now that it does have “fragrance” as an ingredient.¬† So, here’s to hoping it does have only nice ingredients as part of “fragrance”.

On the NUDE Skincare site (www.nudeskincare.com), it even states “Now with an even smaller carbon footprint, this beautiful¬†Cleansing Facial Oil is one of the most responsibly packaged beauty products on the market ‚Äď with an entirely recyclable plastic bottle using 100% Post Consumer Regrind (PCR).”¬†

So even it’s packaging is nicer to Mother Nature!

NUDE Skincare’s line is mostly made up of anti-aging products.¬† If you are interested, look at one of the websites for more information on those.¬† However, I like that this cleanser can be used by people who do not want anti-aging¬†facial products¬† (it is not advertised as¬†one of their¬†anti-aging products).

I’ve been using this for a couple of months now and I do really like it.¬†¬† However, at first I did add some water to my face and continue massaging it in a little more after first massaging it onto dry skin, but this ended up drying out my face.¬† So, I do not recommend doing that.¬†

What I have found to work for me is to massage this on dry skin and then add water to my hands and just rinse it off.  This way, my skin does stay at a nice moisture level.  This cleanser did get rid of all my make-up too without being really harsh on my face. 

Will I be buying this again?¬† Definitely. (although there is another cleansing oil that has grabbed my attention that I want to try too…)

So, if you want to be nicer to your skin and to Mother Nature, try NUDE Skincare’s Cleansing Facial Oil.¬† With Sephora, if you buy something and do not like it, you can return it for free.¬† However, there are also many other cleansing oils out there to try.¬† Just please, for your health and Mother Nature’s, always look to see if¬†the cleanser¬†is good for you and Mother Nature. Either way, Mother Nature will always¬†appreciate any love you show towards her.

Please Note-I am not affiliated with NUDE Skincare, or with Sephora, and neither company gave me this product to try.¬†¬†I bought this product myself from www.sephora.com.¬† It appears that Sephora will constantly have their “free returns” policy.¬† However, this could change sometime in the future after I have written this post.¬† Also, even though¬†this product works for me, that¬†does not mean that this product will definitely work for you.