4 Things That I No Longer Buy

Since going Zero Waste, here are 4 things I no longer buy

4 Things That I No Longer Buy

Ever since implementing some thrifty and zero waste changes into my life, I’ve noticed that there are things I no longer buy. It never really occurred to me at the time that there would be things I wouldn’t buy again. Which is a very wonderful thing about zero waste and being thrifty! Great for the planet and your bank balance.

Menstrual Products:

I don’t purchase disposable menstrual products anymore since I use cloth pads and menstrual cups. Reusable menstrual products were one of the first things to change in my lifestyle. I no longer have to buy pads or tampons, or worry about dashing to the shops because I’ve run out of products.

Soap/Shower Gel:

Since learning about making soap, I’ve stopped buying store-bought soap or shower gel. There’s a lot of unnecessary things in body washes these days, which often caused my skin to flare up. Now that I make my own soaps, I can control what gets used on my family’s skin


I’ve really enjoyed making skin care products, and in particular shampoo/conditioner. Much like soap bars, I make my own shampoo bar to cleanse my hair. For conditioning I use an ACV (apple cider vinegar) mix with essential oils, and sometimes herbs from my garden. The ACV and essential oils are multipurpose, and used for more than just hair care.

Multipurpose Cleaner/Toilet Bleach:

Now that I make my own cleaner for the bathroom and kitchen, I don’t waste money on multiple expensive products to do different jobs. Before, I would have separate cleaners for the bathroom, kitchen, oven*, worktops etc. This used to cost a LOT of money. Not to mention all the awful toxic chemical shit storm in those cleaners. The fumes would leave my throat sore for days, along with bad headaches. I’d have to wear gloves otherwise my skin would get red raw. These days I use vinegar and lemon to create my own cleaner that does everything. My cleaner doesn’t irritate my skin or throat, and it actually works better than the other products I used to use.

*please exercise caution using vinegar around any rubber seals – don’t leave it to soak.

What things do you no longer buy since making greener lifestyle changes?

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  1. 9th November 2016 / 4:09 pm

    Woah, those are pretty big changes. Not sure if I could do the same thing though…

    • 9th November 2016 / 6:55 pm

      Just make a small change? There’s more than I can even begin to list.

  2. 9th November 2016 / 4:22 pm

    I’m very similar to you as I use Mooncup, make my own soaps (who wants chemicals and Sodium Lauryll Sulphate!) I have struggled to make a good shampoo bar, so I’ll give that one a go though, thanks for the link, Tamsin! I also make my own facial cleanser and toner which has made all the difference to my skin. xXx

    • 9th November 2016 / 6:57 pm

      I make my own rose water for toner. No worries – enjoy the shampoo bar! xo

  3. christy bartle
    9th November 2016 / 6:58 pm

    off top of my head….. menstrual products and sandwich bags. hopefully more stuff over time

    • 9th November 2016 / 8:31 pm

      That’s great!

  4. 9th November 2016 / 8:51 pm

    Congratulations, you’ve done a great job there ! Keep up it up girl, it’s wonderful how life is easier when we buy less and think more πŸ™‚

  5. Louise Vicentini
    10th November 2016 / 2:50 am

    I use cloth pads, and have done for almost two years now. Saved me money, and my periods are so much better now.

  6. Joanna @mumbalance
    10th November 2016 / 5:00 am

    As I’ve got kids I use cloth nappies, so I no longer have to buy these. I’ve recently learnt how to make toothpaste and I am experimenting with soap nuts (good on dishes, but as to my hair the jury is still out). I also make my own cleaner for kitchen and bathroom. We are also nearly toilet paper free – we are in Bali and they have those little bum showers everywhere, so you don’t really need paper, or I use Cheeky Wipes to dry myself.
    I need to try ACV, though I’m not sure I can get a local one on Bali, as they don’t really grow apples here. I might have to wait until we are back in UK.
    I want to give it a go with making soap, but it’s tricky to get hold of lye in here. I’d need to order it on amazon.com, so it would have to travel from far away.I think this will be another one for when we are back in UK.
    I am a bit frustrated with myself for not buying washable pads for myself and reusable swimming nappies for the baby. I need to try and find these things here, which is tricky, as it’s a tiny island and online shopping is in it’s infancy.

  7. 10th November 2016 / 5:02 pm

    I love these conscious changes, I agree with the menstrual cups – they really do save ALOT of money and better for the environment. I use ACV as a clarifier for my hair with rosemary xo

    • 10th November 2016 / 6:36 pm

      Ditto! I pick rosemary from my garden and pop it into a jar with ACV for a few weeks and use as a rinse/conditioner. Makes dark hair super glossy, soft and shiny. Menstrual cups are just magical and I think more people should know about them xo

  8. 10th November 2016 / 6:29 pm

    This was an eye opening read but true about not leaving vinegar on rubber, that can be a bit hair raising x

    • 10th November 2016 / 6:38 pm

      I thought it best to mention it as some people aren’t aware that it eats away at rubber (which is why I get cross when people tell me they use it as a natural fabric softener in their washing machine.. just nooooooo!) xo

  9. 10th November 2016 / 7:56 pm

    Some fab ideas, I think I would like to try making my own soap xx

  10. 10th November 2016 / 9:24 pm

    Some great changes here I definitely can be more more frugal and greener but tend to do some things fairly well.

  11. 10th November 2016 / 9:53 pm

    I’d love to be able to make my own stuff like this, it’s inspiring to read about other people managing to do it.

  12. 10th November 2016 / 10:28 pm

    I’m impressed with these changes… have to admit I am a culprit of all of the ‘befores’. I have actually just clicked on the post about the menstrual cups as they fascinate me but I am terrified of them…just need to do my research I guess x

  13. 10th November 2016 / 11:25 pm

    Ohh I am totally going to have to check out your post on how you make your own toilet cleaner that is totally something I would love to try and do!

    • 11th November 2016 / 9:53 pm

      Just plain white/clear vinegar xox

  14. nicol
    11th November 2016 / 12:36 am

    ive always wanted to try the menstrual cup. i need to take the plunge and actually get one

  15. 11th November 2016 / 7:37 am

    Those are some great changes! I need to adopt a greener lifestyle – I suppose what I do is to shop local as much as I can, reducing food miles.

  16. Amie Cadwallader
    11th November 2016 / 8:43 am

    I need to look at menstrual cups, I get really nervous because sometimes my body rejects certain tampons, so I’m always incredibly nervous! As for the rest of those things, that is absolutely incredible and inspiring!
    Love, Amie ❀

  17. 11th November 2016 / 9:37 am

    Wow that’s impressive that you make all of those things yourself x

  18. 11th November 2016 / 3:26 pm

    I am definitely going to try making the shampoo bar, my daughter can’t use a lot of shampoos so this could be perfect for her. I’ve also made my own cleaning products loads of times, they really do work so much better than the chemical laden ones you buy off the shelf xx

  19. 11th November 2016 / 9:53 pm

    I am yet to make any major change like these but I am considering looking into CSP or the menstrual cup once my periods eventually return (7 months pregnant currently and planning to breastfeed)

  20. 11th November 2016 / 10:45 pm

    If I’m totally honest, I havent really made any green lifestyle changes that I can think of. I should though xxx

  21. 11th November 2016 / 11:06 pm

    Some big changes but its very eco friendly. I really need to try reusable menstrual products

  22. 12th November 2016 / 6:05 am

    I have been wanting to use apple cider vinegar on my hair but I haven’t. It is because a friend of mine suggested that I should use aloe vera instead of apple cider vinegar. Well I need to try this soon. I agree that there so many things in body washes these days. It makes my skin dry.

  23. 12th November 2016 / 11:33 am

    It’s the first time I come across your blog and I already know it’s gonna become one of my favourite ones! It’s so impressive how you make so any things by yourself, I need to learn πŸ™‚

  24. 12th November 2016 / 2:56 pm

    It’s great to hear that you make your own natural products I should start doing that too.

  25. karavk2014
    12th November 2016 / 3:18 pm

    some great points there, I’ve never been brave enough for one of those menstrual cups although i really like the idea k x

  26. 12th November 2016 / 6:41 pm

    We’d love to have the time to make our own soap, luckily my skin isn’t too bad with LUSH products. Sounds like you’ve really reduced your footprint xx well done!

  27. Angela Milnes
    12th November 2016 / 9:40 pm

    thats really col. I think making your own products is a great way to be frugal and save money but also to help the environment. Good on you.

  28. 13th November 2016 / 12:28 am

    This is so interesting! I recently made my own conditioner when I realised I had already run out of one and it worked pretty well.

  29. 13th November 2016 / 12:31 am

    Ahh amazing! What an inspiration you are! I love making my own bath & beauty products, but I guess I do that more for fun. I am definitely staying here and having a look around!

  30. 13th November 2016 / 10:17 pm

    I don’t buy as many magazines these days, used to literally buy every one going.

  31. 14th November 2016 / 7:44 pm

    It’s so interesting that you make your own shower and cleaning products!

  32. 15th November 2016 / 9:11 pm

    I love th idea of making my own soap and cleaning products but personally I don’t think I could change my menstrual products

  33. 16th November 2016 / 9:08 am

    I stopped using shampoos and conditioner 2 years ago, now I just mix a little rye flour with water to make a paste and wash my hair with that. Lots of other great ideas here too. πŸ™‚ x

  34. 17th November 2016 / 2:13 pm

    It’s fantastic to see how the variety of products that you no longer have to buy as a result of your zero waste lifestyle. Xx

    Tania | When Tania Talks

  35. 18th November 2016 / 10:12 pm

    I know I could and should be greener, but I’m a maniacal recycler! My cleaner turned me on to non-bleach cleansers and often uses white vinegar, and it always does the job just as well. x

  36. 24th November 2016 / 2:07 am

    I keep thinking about trying to make my own multi-purpose cleaner but I’m always convinced I’m going to mess it up! Lol.

    Louise x

  37. 28th November 2016 / 10:41 pm

    I love that you are making your own soap and hair wash! It must be great knowing exactly you are putting onto your skin x

  38. 29th November 2016 / 7:54 am

    It’s amazing that you take time to make so many products yourself now. I’ve made soap a few times before but not any of the other bits you’ve mentioned. You’ve made me realise it doesn’t always have to be shop bought x

  39. 6th December 2016 / 11:47 am

    Good job. We use bicarb and citric acid for the heavy cleaning. Much easier (and cheaper) to deal with than lemons and really moves the dirt.

    • 6th December 2016 / 9:03 pm

      Oh wow, I haven’t used citric acid before. I wonder if it’d be a good combo with bicarb to clean the oven? I love lemons for cleaning limescale – it shifts SO quick! πŸ™‚

  40. 11th December 2016 / 3:08 pm

    Wow this amazing. I know maybe it’s selfish of me and I should be doing more for the planet but I can’t imagine ever being in a position where I don’t buy bath and cleaning products. I definitely don’t have the time to make them and it’s one thing that I love to treat myself to. I try to buy cruelty free where possible so I’m doing a bit in that respect but you are incredible with your efforts. Well done!

    V <3

    Sirvikalot Blog

    • 11th December 2016 / 3:50 pm

      You can always buy zero waste bath and cleaning products πŸ™‚ There are many sellers on Etsy who sell in things like glass jars which are something you can reuse after use. Soap bars without plastic wrap, etc. There’s a brand called o’way that sell shampoos etc in glass bottles! I use shampoo bars bought from Etsy which arrive in a box that can be recycled (I keep them for other things), and the soap itself is wrapped in card. Conditioner I make with 50/50 water and ACV with some essential oils. That takes seconds to make, honestly. Just consider buying package free or in packaging like paper/card and glass xx

  41. 5th May 2017 / 7:46 pm

    I love that you did this post, it’s made me think of all of the things I’ve stopped buying too! I’ve stopped buying plastic water filters, since I’ve started using charcoal water filters. I’ve also stopped buying a lot of excess beauty products, like scrubs and skincare products!

    • 5th May 2017 / 9:27 pm

      Most scrubs are full of plastic these days! Pretty scary tbh and pointless using them when sugar works really well. Heck, even a decent cotton flannel will exfoliate if you chuck some bicarb and epsom salts in the bath to soften skin. Failing that, a hemp mitt or similar work and you don’t have to keep repurchasing. Ooh, how do you find the charcoal water filters? I am curious to try them! xox

  42. 10th July 2017 / 4:42 am

    Do you know of anyone who has tried your shampoo bars and ACV conditioner who has naturally curly hair? I’m trying to make my shower plastic free but have really struggled to find homemade hair products that work with my hair texture/dryness. Finding the right DIY skincare was a four month process so I’m willing to be patient until I find the right formula for my hair!