Just over a year ago I decided to incorporate some zero waste swaps into my lifestyle. I wrote a blog post all about what I was planning to do, along with an update post with my progress. So a year on and here is a summary of how much waste I haven’t sent to landfill this year because of zero waste:
I think the figures speak for themselves. And the funny thing is, for the most part it’s not even been that difficult. (Okay there have been a few times I’ve gone and forgot my reusable shopping bags and ended up trying to carry a weekly shop in two arms) but overall I haven’t had to sacrifice much at all.
This however then brings me onto my next topic, its okay not to be perfect.
I got to the point a few months ago where I realised that my skin was really struggling, my eczema was flaring up on my face a lot more, I constantly had spots and my fine lines and dark circles were getting worse.
I missed by serums, creams, lotions and potions, not only because of the results I got on my skin but also the whole process of having a pamper afternoon. It just isn’t the same when you wash your face with soap, using oil and sugar to scrub your face and then applying a basic moisturiser. I loved my Lush shampoo bars and body moisturisers in their reusable pots however, when it came to skincare these products did not suit me at all. I was so proud of the progress I had made in other areas of zero waste and I didn’t want my skincare routine to become the downfall of this.
This is when I had to be real with myself and think, its okay not to be perfect on this zero waste journey. We should accept each other at whatever stage of the journey we are at, not only with zero waste but with any projects or life journeys they are on.
My hunt was on for some luxury beauty products that stand for all my new beliefs, and I was in for a bit of an eye opening experience. I was really struggling to find out information about how products are created, where the ingredients are sourced and the carbon footprint of the brand. It seems pointless buying a packaging free shampoo bar or soap when the company throws away tonnes of plastic and creates excessive waste in the process. In the same breath, I didn’t want to buy from a company who themselves didn’t test on animals however, they were owned by a much larger company that do.
I also wanted to find out more about what I was actually putting on my skin and the effects of these ingredients. I was looking for vegan ingredients that are not tested on animals and are necessary to the product. I downloaded the ‘Think Dirty’ app which is a great tool and I would highly recommend you to download it to see what is actually in your products. It shows you the rating of the product, 0-3 is good. You can then click the item to see what’s actually inside the product, any warnings about the ingredients and if they test on animals.
So on my journey I was hitting a brick wall, once I started researching about companies, their ethics and carbon footprint I was feeling a bit deflated and let down my some of the brands I have loved for years. As part of my hunt I headed to the Staffordshire Vegan Festival a few months ago and came across some lovely brands, I found lots of handmade face cloths, reusable cotton pads, bamboo cotton buds but most notably Tropic Skincare.
After talking with Lynn, a Tropic Skincare Ambassador, I found a bit of hope that a luxury skincare brand can be so transparent with what is in their products, the production process and the implications of this. I then went home and researched Tropic Skincare and was over the moon with what I found. They are a carbon neutral, vegan and cruelty free brand. The offer refillable options for some of their ranges and have the option to have gift sets packaging free. They even use biodegradable bubble wrap.
I am now super happy to be working with Tropic Skincare as one of their ambassadors. I have a whole box of goodies to try out and share with my friends and family and I can’t wait to see the results. I am still using my coconut oil eye-makeup remover, reusable cotton pads and cloths along with bamboo cotton buds. I’ve come to accept, it’s okay to be imperfect on your zero waste journey. However, with Tropic Skincare’s amazing brand ethics ingredients I don’t even feel bad that I have made the change back to luxury skincare.
Remember, as I mentioned in this blog post, it’s okay to change and adapt. Just because something works for someone else doesn’t mean it will work for you. If a path you are on is not making you happy, it’s okay to change. We all just have to try our best, be less wasteful and only buy what we need. To put it in perspective, if all the readers of my blog swapped to a face cloth instead of face wipes we would collectively stop on average 240,000 face wipes going to land fill in a year. That figure is insane and just shows one simple change is better than no change at all.
Thank you so much for reading and I hope you have a lovely Sunday.