Saturday, 11 February 2017

A year aiming for a Zero Waste Lifestyle Part 2 ~ Reusables & Trash

For Part 1 please click HERE :)

A few months into this lifestyle, paying closer attention to the amount of trash we were both producing and along with all the research we both have been doing about Trash (Landfills, Chemicals, Plastic). I started researching into Reusable and less waste products. 

After switching to these products, I wish I had done it sooner. It feels great knowing that I'm not contributing to more landfill and taking responsibility for my waste and knowing that it is a full cycle is awesome.

I mentioned in my 'What we have improved so far' post HERE what we did send to landfill and how long it took us to fill up our bin for landfill and how long it took for us to fill our recycling bag.

Here is our 2016 total Trash Jar Contents

Thanks to being unwell for the last 4 months of 2016, you can see I went through quite a few packets of Paracetamol.
There should also be 3 toothbrush heads in there but they went in the bin. I didn't want them left in the jar.
The contents of this jar has now gone to landfill.

I'm happy to report, the longest it has taken to fill our bin for landfill is so far 4 months. 

and our Recycling: 2 months

Most of the time our recycling is due to what we pick up from outside.

We did and will still produce some waste not everything will go in our Trash Jar:

  • Dust from the Vacuum Cleaner: We can never find an answer whether it is suitable for the compost bin because we have synthetic carpet :(.

  • Dental Floss: Still going through what I had. But I have noticed with using my homemade toothpaste, I don't need to floss as much. Or I'm getting more mindful and cleaning better. I will go with the latter.

  • Birth Control:  (FYI from Trash Is For Tossers website: but aren't condoms trash? Yes. They are. But I have talked about this before. While condoms produce garbage, they are a much better option that having unprotected sex and risking getting an STD or having an unplanned pregnancy which will result in bigger issues than just trash. )

  • Kitchen Roll: We still have a lot to use up and we can't get ourselves to use hankies. Not yet anyway.

  • Tea Bags: Not the tea, just the bags. The Tea goes in the Compost bin. I only drink Decaf Green Tea. I can't seem to find Loose Leaf anywhere :( Plus we still have a lot of Tea to use up (one of the perks of bulk buying).

  • Toothbrushes: Once we have used up what we have we will look into Bamboo brushes.

We are trying to purchase as many items as we can that can be reused or composted.

To make a huge difference in what we send to landfill, we have purchased a few reusables, and have improved a lot of items we use.
I have included an affiliate link of the products I purchased from Amazon.

  • A Safety Razor

I have been using this for six months now and at the start I did have little problems with it. Yes, I did cut myself a few times. But I realised I had to be more mindful in what I was doing, and I have to make sure I keep it clean and dry so it lasts. Which isn't a problem.

  • Cotton buds ~ apart from the little bit of plastic in the packaging. These cotton buds can be composted.

  • Bar of Soap.

We swapped to bar soaps pretty much straight a way. We were lucky that I had a tin full of soaps from Lush. We both prefer the bar of soaps to the liquid soap. I've noticed the liquid soap makes my hands dryer and I have to use hand cream :/

  • Sanitary products:

At first I was like Nope, I don't think I could do this. But after a lot of research and living this lifestyle and knowing more about Chemicals and Trash, I decided to give them a go. And again with like everything else, I wished I had used them sooner.

They are so much more comfortable, they don't smell and they are very easy to clean. I don't know why I was so against them before.

  • We both still use our Stainless Steel reusable water bottles. (I have purchased the 1100ml bottle the link is for a 750ml)

Haven't had any problems with them. We have even purchased a few as gifts for other people.

We have also purchased Reusable Glass Straws

These are great, very easy to clean. I purchased a set with a little cleaning brush.

Along with what I have mentioned in my 'What we have improved so far' HERE Other items we purchase now have less or zero packaging . Which helps a lot.

I have just recently started using Shampoo Bars and Natural Deodorants. So far they are good. So I will give my opinion in a future post.  I have been researching other companies and I think I have found some good ones. I will share what I find in a future post.

Shampoo Bar and Deodorant

This year, we hope to finally get stainless steel lunch boxes/containers, instead of using the plastic (take away) containers we are still using atm. We have noticed a huge decrease in that cupboard (I hope we aren't the only ones that have a cupboard full of plastic containers ;) ).

I love simplifying our products and minimalising our waste. Some of you might be thinking how is it easier using these reusable products. I personally love that they have slowed me down. I am in the moment. I'm taking care and choosing what I put on and in my body. The less chemicals the better.
Paying attention to what I'm actually doing and being in the present moment is AWESOME. It is easier because I haven't got the added stress of purchasing these items all the time. And knowing I'm not adding more waste to landfill is awesome. 

In Part 3 I'm going to share what we have been upcycling.
See you there :)

Donna x

Like this post? You might like to read: Trash and or
My Journey towards a Zero Waste Lifestyle

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