Getting a pedi or a mani is a pleasure that I have the hardest difficulties to let go of. So instead of letting it go, I decided to search for an eco-friendly manicure!
Growing up I never had any. The idea would never even pop up in my head. In France, it was all about the good ol’ DIY fashion way. When I visited the US as a teenager and later when I moved here, getting manicures and pedicures by professionals was my own little revolution. I was seeing it as my affordable way to get a nice beauty treat.
Yet, as I grow more each day into the world of sustainability and zero waste, I am having a harder time with some of this industry’s wasteful and toxic practices (from conception to treatments in salons.) It all has gone from awesome to awwww-not-so-some-and-getting-close-to-full.
So I wanted to address this topic as I am probably not the only one who longs for waste free and eco-friendly manicures.
Zero waste is a serious blessing. Yes, I said it. I love how it encourages us to slow down, improve our health, help us save (a lot of) money and find better ways to shop for the stuff we need, like clothes. When we go down the zero waste rabbit hole, we start paying attention to things we’ve never questioned before. How every thing we do has an impact on our world. Fast fashion has a big one.
When it comes to reducing our waste it can be hard and overwhelming to decide where to start. If you’re just getting started, I recommend you read this post to learn more about what Zero-Waste and its basics. One thing though that made it clear when I first started were disposable items. They were a big part of my new American life. After spending a couple of weeks, analyzing what was filling my trash bin, it was a no-brainer, I needed to change my daily habits and switch from disposable to reusable containers and utensils.
I came to realize that there were about 5 items that had become a real problem, and if I were able to change these 5 things, I would be more in tune with my goals and values.
The 5 things you can change today to reduce your waste
Can we actually have zero waste toilets in our home? What would it mean?
From deciding to refuse plastic wrapped toilet paper to cutting off paper completely to parting ways with water run toilet there are many ways to approach the issue. I will be honest, searching through data and reading about water pollution makes me want to only talk about dry toilet, but I also don’t see the point of discouraging everyone from doing better, especially when even I have not passed that level yet. So, if you’re curious to know more about the shape of worldwide water supplies, I invite you to Ecosia it. In the meantime, let’s focus on improving our habits, and see how we can turn our toilet to become a little more zero-waste friendly.
For the ones who don’t know yet, my man and I are probably going to set home away from the city and build our passive home and try to use as much sustainable alternative to traditional wasteful systems as we can. One of the most exciting technology we came across is what I call the “never ending shower.”
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.
- 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.
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!
When it comes to sustainability getting rid of straws was probably one of the hardest things to remove of my life. (And we sometimes still find ourselves accepting them..) Which is crazy for me to think about, as I was not using that much straws in my life when living in France.
If you needed to only have one ingredient to take care of your home and your personal hygiene, baking soda is the ingredient you need. From toothpaste to kitchen scrub, or shoe odor neutralizer… There’s very little baking soda can’t do. [ Wikipedia page on all you need to know about where baking soda aka sodium bicarbonate comes from and what it is.]
Health, Beauty and Home use of baking soda