Sunday, August 5, 2018

Personal Hygiene Recipes for Low Waste Living

These recipes can be made using no end-user waste, and are quick and simple to prepare. I've been using most of these recipes for at least a year or more. 


Hair Wash: 
  • Combine 1 cup apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water
  • Add 20 drops of lemongrass oil and mix well

Hair Rinse:
  • Combine 1 cup baking soda with 1 cup water
  • Add 20 drops of tea tree oil and mix well
Body Wash:
  • Combine 1 cup liquid castile soap with 1 cup water
  • Add 20 drops of lavender oil and mix well
Beard and Shaving Oil: 
  • Combine 20 mL of jojoba oil with 15 drops vanilla oil and 10 drops black pepper oil
Mouth Wash: 
  • Combine 6 tsps baking soda with 1 cup water
  • Double boil 30g of unrefined shea butter until liquid
  • Combine hot, liquid shea butter with 6 tsps baking soda in a glass container
  • Add 40 drops of tea tree oil and 2 tsps arrow root powder and mix well
  • Allow to cool until solid
Toothpaste Powder: 
  • Combine 2 tsps pure charcoal powder, 2 tsps of kaolin clay powder and 6 tsps baking soda
Exfoliation Face Scrub: 
  • Double boil 20g of coconut oil 
  • Combine liquid coconut oil with 20g of coffee grounds and 1 tsp baking soda and mix well
  • Allow to cool until solid
Hand Wash: 
  • Combine 1/2 cup liquid castile soap with 1/2 cup water in a hand soap dispenser 

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Monthly Wrap Up - July 2018

July wasn't too bad, but I didn't quite make it a #plasticfreejuly.


I spent a week hiking in the Northern Territory, and cooked and dehydrated all of my meals, keeping the food in re-useable bags.


As always, here's my waste for this month.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Monthly Wrap Up - June 2018

June was another successful month. 


I dried out lots of chillies, and stocked up on more laundry detergent, dishwashing detergent, demineralised water and baking soda. 


Waste was a little higher than usual, but this includes a trip to Sydney and also buying some travel products. 

I am angling for a plastic-free July. 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Monthly Wrap Up - May 2018

May was a relatively efficient month. 


I made an exfoliant using coconut oil and coffee grinds, and a new toothpaste with charcoal, baking soda, peppermint oil and demineralised water.


The amount of rubbish was acceptably small.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Monthly Wrap Up - April 2018

Just like March, April was a solid month.


My dehydration production has increased, as I am preparing food for a trip in a few months time. I made an olive oil spread using bulk bought oil - great for toast etc.

I picked up some refillable peanut butter and some delicate wool wash. 

I also went camping, which allowed me to test out some new recipes. I semi-successfully extracted an alkaline base from cardboard, though the energy, effort and input required is inefficient. 


Waste was minimal. Some Nuttelex, a can of coke from a restaurant, a battery and plastics from music and electronics. And that's it!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Monthly Wrap Up - March 2018

March was a renaissance month. 


I started carrying metal cutlery, just in case I wanted to eat at a food court where the plates are supplied but the cutlery is plastic. As with all attempts to lower waste and yet feel unrestricted, preparation plays a big part. Polenta works really well in the rice cooker, with a ratio of 4:1 when combined with water plus other items for flavour (tomatoes, chillies, onion). Froze well.

 I've also recently looked into energy use of stove top versus slow cooker, and to my surprise it appears as though a slow cooker may be more efficient for some meals. I've started making some simple and delicious meals. Our household recently acquired a second hand bread machine. I'm surprised at how easy it is to use. The zero waste, bulk purchase multigrain mix works great. I've started sprouting again, in a very simple fashion - just keeping the seeds damp on a plate in the sun and rinsing every twelve hours.

My spices are also better organised. So is my tea.

I made a small quantity of 'travel' deodorant, for long days at work and interstate trips. The recipe works really well - shea butter, arrowroot, baking soda, tea tree oil and lavender oil. For the last six weeks I've been using a concentrated dish washing liquid that can be purchase in bulk called 'Encore'. A cap full of the concentrate is diluted with 1.5L water, a mixture that will last for four or five lots of dishes. Higher concentrations can be made for heavier loads.

I camped at Deep Creek, and tested out a minimal setup with just a poncho tarp and bug bivy. I also didn't take a stove, and trialled some new dehydrated recipes. 


Waste was very minimal. Almost all plastic was from cat food or cat hygiene products, which are still difficult for me to replace. I have found some (expensive cat food), which can be bought in bulk, which the cats love. This is a step forward. I replaced my shaving razor for the first time in six months. The photo from this month doesn't include two Red Bull cans that I had in Melbourne.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Monthly Wrap Up - February 2018

Not too much to report this month.


The household ran a slight electricity deficit of 10% over summer, which can be improved one for next year. Still, this isn't too bad considering the season. I started using a cat litter made from recycled material, where the packaging is recycled cardboard. The Soda King machine gets a lot of use!


The majority of packaging is from electronic components and music gear. Some cat stuff in there, too. First cat food tin I've used in a while! And the first batteries I've thrown out in ages, too.