Globally, we dump over 2 billion tonnes of trash every year and sadly, the majority of us have adopted an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ attitude when it comes to waste. But it is now becoming common knowledge that our waste has to go somewhere, it doesn’t just disappear into nothing.
What’s one of the easiest ways to cut down on unnecessary waste? Swap out your tissues and serviettes for handkerchiefs!
One of my favourite things to do is paint my nails. In fact, it has become a kind of therapeutic ritual while I travel. A constant. Something that I can always do the same in an otherwise unstructured lifestyle. I didn’t even realise I was doing it at first until other travellers brought it to my attention and then it became kind of comforting.
Since beginning my zero waste journey, I haven’t just learned about how much waste is produced through purchasing commercial cosmetic products; I’ve also learned how many harmful chemicals are used in these everyday products; chemicals such as parabens, pthalates, fragrances and formaldehyde to name a few. One of those important products is makeup remover.
When it comes to packing, I’m definitely a last minute larry. The day before I left for my big trip, I realised I hadn’t organised any sunscreen. It slipped my mind because I don’t usually wear sunscreen but I’ve planned on doing some outdoor activities while I’m away and I’m not really au fait with the North American sun.
As a woman, what’s one thing we can’t live without? Feminine hygiene products. Or more specifically pads and tampons. Every month we have our ‘cheery’ little visitor. It’s a chore to entertain her and in most cases, it’s unavoidable.
The time has come for me to embark on my next big trip. This time I am travelling to the United States, Mexico and then who knows. I don’t know how long I will be gone for, the last time I was away for 14 months.
It’s going to be a lot different this time. I will still be living day to day and out of a backpack. But this time I will be living with a different sense of purpose. A zero waste purpose. And I’m super excited about it!
I’m still in de-cluttering mode and I’m still relishing every minute of it! I think I may have finally finished whittling down my toiletries bag to only a few necessary and environmentally friendly items.
All that’s left to do is to introduce my new favourite product –
One of my favourite things to do is to de-clutter. This includes removing material possesions from my life that I either don’t use or don’t need and condensing as many items down to one as I can.
I’m still in the ‘using up’ phase of my zero waste journey. I’ve almost used up all of my old products in my toiletries bag but the one thing I still seem to have heaps of are cotton buds!!! Who knew buying in bulk to save money back then would prove to be such an ongoing flaw in my plan now.