Plastic-Free Pumice Stone Review

While I was abroad in France this past summer I stumbled upon a soap shop selling a few zero waste items, including this plastic-free pumice stone. Package Free Shop sells a similar one for $5 although they’re currently sold out. I really like my pumice stone. Sometimes in the summer months my feet begin to dry and I hate feeling self-conscious about it, especially when I’m wearing sandals. The pumice stone gently removes dead skin, leaving your feet fresh and clean.

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How to Reduce Food Waste

In today’s society, it’s pretty easy for most people to access food thanks to our globalized economy. However, this means that there is more food waste being produced which is bad because a huge amount of energy goes into producing food and then shipping it around the world. Here are a few tips on reducing your food waste and therefore your environmental impact.

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Zero Waste Tea

Switching to zero-waste tea is very easy, saves money, and prevents packaging waste. I buy my loose leaf tea at a local bulk store. You can either choose to bring jars and have an employee at the store tare them before and after filling them or to bring a few reusable plastic bags. My favorite teas to get are mint, camomile, a lemon/mint/camomile medley, and a black mango tea but teas like earl grey are usually also available.

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Environmentally Friendly(ish) Nail Polish and Remover

In my last year at high school, I took an environmental science class. In the class, we did a project about the various harmful chemicals which are found in products like beauty items. I was horrified to find out that there are numerous incredibly toxic chemicals in nail polish and nail polish remover and that the chemicals are actually one of the main causes of ozone deterioration. Because of this, I was inspired to switch to something much less harmful.

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Zero Waste Cleaning

Today, people use a magnitude of products to clean their houses with including paper towels, all sorts of sprays, soaps, and brushes. In actuality, we don’t need that many products. Plus, many of those products contain harmful chemicals and almost all of them are packaged in plastic. I’ve made a few simple switches and now have a low-waste cleaning routine.

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Raw Elements Sunscreen

When I began to make the switch to plastic and toxic free products, I realized I needed to replace my sunscreen which was both toxic and packaged in plastic. Almost all sunscreens have carcinogens which are substances that can cause cancer. It’s unfortunate, because many people coat their faces and bodies with sunscreen to protect themselves from the suns harmful UV rays but end up coating themselves with a different harmful substance.

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My Zero-Waste Exceptions

Being 100% zero waste is near impossible. Everyone will have their exceptions, and that’s ok. Plastic is an incredibly useful product. It’s strong and durable and does things like keeping medical instruments sterile. What’s important is to remember to continue reducing your waste as much as possible.

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Zero Waste and Cruelty-Free Toiletries Options

Once you make the commitment to living a zero waste or plastic free lifestyle you then have to find new alternative products. This can be overwhelming, especially when almost every single product you use is encased in plastic. I've spent many hours scouring the internet in search of the ideal zero waste and cruelty-free replacements and have compiled a basic list of suggestions.

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Zero Waste Charcoal Water Filter

Recently, I bought charcoal water filters from Package Free Shop to use in my water bottle. The bamboo charcoal is culled from sustainably forested land and burned by craftsman in the Japanese countryside. Charcoal filters improve water taste and removes impurities. Tests show that they absorb ammonia, lead, mercury, cadmium, copper, chloramine, chlorine and chlorides from water.

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Quip Toothbrush Review; Worth the Plastic?

My old electric toothbrush was huge. It took up a considerable amount of space on my bathroom countertop and was a hassle to travel with. When I switched to regular manual toothbrushes they weren’t cleaning as well as I wanted them to. That’s why when I discovered Quip I bought a toothbrush even though it goes against my plastic-free values.

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The Importance of Just Doing it; Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Change Your Plastic Dependent Habits

Many people I’ve talked to about going zero waste have an excuse of why they can’t be plastic free. They’ll say, “I’ll do it after I graduate college,” or “having kids makes it impossible.” Basically, they’re arguing that their life is too busy and that the transition to zero waste is too much work.

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