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.
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.
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?