Zero Waste Challenge

Zero Waste Challenge: Day 5

Bathroom

I ran out of make-up remover wipes sometime ago, and I haven’t found a good replacement. Baby wipes get into our sewer systems and cause fatbergs (gross), and into the ocean where they harm marine life. There’s a great Friends of the Earth article that explores the problem. Not to mention, the single-use plastic packaging!

The thing is, I don’t want to splash about in the sink every morning and night just to take my make-up off, and while I’m aware there are biodegradable bamboo wipes, they still come in plastic packaging. I’ve been stuck on a solution for a while!

Today, I think I cracked it. When you can’t buy plastic, you have to get crafty. Microfibre cloths, or cut up old cloths, dipped in coconut oil and a few drops of Young Living Lavender. They’re washable, thus saving me money in the long run, and they work a treat. Plus, Lavender oil is really great for your skin. Some friends swear by Frankincense, so I’m going to swop that for the Lavender tomorrow.

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I can’t speak to those of you with small children, and what the alternatives are for baby wipes there, but I suspect it’s not so easy.


Food

With no snacks in the house (snacks come in plastic), the daily grind of cooking is really starting to wear me down. I gave in and ordered McDonald’s for dinner – but only what I knew came in paper packaging or cardboard boxes, so no drink. I would have liked a better takeaway, but I’m pretty sure they all come in plastic boxes… It’s not that I don’t enjoy cooking, but sometimes it’s just nice to have a day off.

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6 thoughts on “Zero Waste Challenge: Day 5”

  1. Are you composting? Just wondering 🙂 I’m following along on your ZW journey… we have citywide composting so if I eat out I also get stuff in paper (not waxed paper, but parchment or whatever) and compost when done. You can also compost used/food-soiled cardboard with our compost system…

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  2. Very interesting post, I haven’t heard of this challenge before! I will definitely follow for future posts!

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  3. Ooo I hear really good things about microfiber cloths. That’s a great tip! I don’t use a lot of soap on my face because I get really dry eyes. But every so often I’ll give it a salt scrub, and I just rinse it in the morning. Love Lush shampoo!

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