When cutting down on waste and embracing a greener life, Zero Waste cleaning plays a big part. But why have we switched away, as a society, from natural and eco-friendly options? Why the general idea is that natural solutions don’t work… You guessed right, marketing!
The industry of cleaning product hit $600 million in 2014, and has been growing since then. Every year, we see new ads offering al keep providing customers with more and more specific type of cleaning products, increasing the needs, the purchases and… the un-necessary bull**** if you’ll excuse my French.
When cutting down on waste and embracing a greener life, Zero Waste cleaning plays a big part. But why have we switched away, as a society, from natural and eco-friendly options?
Follow the money…
As explained in my post on how to make dish soap, I explain that the cleaning product industry makes an insane amount of money and they are not ready to stop. To maintain and grow their revenue, they come with new marketing strategies that makes us doubt the efficiency of more simple products and encourages us to always by more and more expensive.
Often disregarded, the online world produces a lot of waste and impact our environment in many ways. The good news is that there are websites, softwares and apps that work to balance the impact of digital waste by plating trees, to reminding you to take your reusable grocery shopping bags. Reducing our footprint online is becoming easier every day!
Here’s a list of my favorite greener apps and softwares to reduce our waste online
Valentine’s Day is coming up! I am not a huge fan of the commercial aspect of this day, but I love having a day dedicated to love. Therefore I dig through books and online content, and made this list of the most awesome and powerful plants and oils used to create the perfect sensual atmosphere on Feb. 14th. You’ll find massage oils, oil diffuser blends and a bath bomb recipe to make the day even more perfect!
Reusable makeup removal pads may seem like an irrelevant element to change, but most of us use cotton pads, everyday to clean our face and remove residue. With the increasing number of people on the planet it seems like shifting from disposable pads to reusable ones should be the way to go. Besides, did you know that your cotton pad (unless organic) might contain a tremendous amount of chemicals and potentially are supporting child labor? I am not even kidding.
Happy new year everyone! The new year always comes with new resolutions. Some are lame, some are far from realistic, but others can be a game changer. This season is not only good to stuff ourselves with great food, it’s also a great time to think about the past year, our accomplishments, our failures, and what we want to make of the upcoming 365 days. This is why I wrote this article and created a calendar with major mile stones to reach while we are all on the path to zero-waste.
Setting Our Zero-Waste New Year Goals
I love bath bombs, and all the oils and scents that make bath time a precious and ultimate relaxing moment. Therefore, I absolutely wanted to learn how to make them. The process to make them is a lot close to the way we make toilet fizz cleaner, but obviously it’s a lot more creative to make soaking body care ones.
- White Vinegar is definitely something that changed my life. I knew it’s a great product. I did not know how much it was. For any cleaning purposes, there’s a good chance vinegar will be the ingredient you need. I now use it to clean my windows, mirrors, grease, as a multi-purpose cleaner, stain remover, laundry softener… The possibilities are limitless.
The holidays are definitely the most waste full time of the season. A national study found that on average Americans households waste increases over 25%. That increase led to 6 million tons of waste dumped in the landfills in 2014 alone (and the tendency in increasing rather than reducing)! And the crazy thing is, 70% of Americans would welcome less gifts and less waste. Click here for more info.
As you’re making your way through a more minimalist, zero-waste lifestyle, one of the essential steps, is to make a few changes (at a time) and switch the plastic/disposable items you use with more sustainable alternatives. One of the first I did, was my bathroom. I analyzed what I had there and since the place was overcrowded an my boyfriend was moving in, I had to make room: I took a box, and took all the things I hadn’t used for over 6 months and… there was a lot!