In the sustainability world there are SO many things that can replace every day household items and it can be quite overwhelming to sort through them all. Today I'm going to chat with you a bit about TWO items that I wish I had invested in sooner which save both money and the environment all at the same time.
The Safety Razor
If you're anything like me, the idea of using a safety razor for your bikini line looks like a horror movie in your shower. At least that's what I initially thought. I spent YEARS not jumping on the safety razor train because I was too afraid of what using one would look like. For a while I was using Harry's razors that came with a replaceable razor head and while that did save on the plastic use in my shower, it wasn't the best long term option.
When I found a pivoting safety razor, the game completely changed for me. Thanks to Leaf Shave and Package Free Shop (where I first found the razor, $10 off advocate discount link), I will never need a razor again!
Best part? No horror movie in my shower...it was all in my head.
The Period Cup
Often referred to as the "menstrual cup" or just "the cup". I went for a LONG time (I'm talking over a year, maybe over two) going back and forth with the idea of a period cup. I heard so many people talk about how much of a life changer it was (hi, Busy Philipps!), but for some reason, I couldn't get behind it. It wasn't until my favorite tampon company, Sustain Natural, released their period cup that I joined the "trend" and OMG I'm so grateful I did.
To this day, the period cup is my go-to cycle product. It's incredibly satisfying to look at the bathroom bin during my cycle and see a significant decrease in trash. This isn't to say that I don't still have Sustain's tampons at my house and stashed in my car for emergency situations (both for myself and for friends/family), but I don't see myself switching back to tampons for regular use any time soon.
While these items may not seem like a big deal, they create a HUGE decrease in your personal footprint as well as save room in your bathroom cabinets. Less boxes, less trips to the store (or online orders), less harm on the environment, more money in your pocket or wallet or bank account or wherever it is you stash your dough.
It's a win-win.
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After taking some time to process the craziness of the holidays and the new year, being back in my everyday routine has given me time to really reflect on the last year and all of the changes that it brought me in this Conscious living world. Here's a bit of a recap as to what my 2019 year looked like:
Throughout the year I did a few monthly challenges (Ditch the Straw, Ditch the Plastic Bag, Ditch the Hot Coffee Cup), I got some family to join me on personal cleanups, attended a few United By Blue cleanups, started making my own hand soap, etc. But I had a few "fails" too. I switched over to more natural shampoo, but after not finding what I loved, went back to the typical shampoo I used. I caught myself taking ibuprofen once or twice since last April instead of going with essential oils only, I occasionally grabbed an iced tea from Dunkin Donuts early last year when I was too hungover to think straight.
The important thing to remember is this. Change doesn't happen overnight. As you can see above, it happens over many nights and many days. It happens when we make time for it to happen. It happens when we make mistakes, acknowledge them, and continue to move forward. It happens when we make conscious decisions to keep the change that we want to see on our minds. It takes practice, it takes dedication, it takes CONSCIOUS. LIVING.
Cheers to 2020 and all the happiness and love it brings.
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Jamie is a musician, avid lover of nature, and a dog momma living a more sustainable life each and every day.