It’s Plastic Free July and each year I like to focus on a different section of my life to de-plastify! In 2016 it was takeaway single-use plastics, in 2017 it was my kitchen, in 2018 it was my bathroom and this year… well I’m still working to fine-tine the all-mighty bathroom.
In previous years I succeeded with my pledge for the month of July and beyond as it was a matter of breaking habits and navigating new re-use and food purchasing behaviours. But I have found the bathroom to be the biggest challenge yet. I went out and brought a safety razor, a shampoo bar and a list of other products which promised to help me cut down plastic in my bathroom, which it did. But the thing is, in hindsight, they were rushed decisions. They are products I don’t necessarily love and a year later I am still reluctantly using them (every now and then) as I don’t think they are quite right for me. Although these products were made from stainless steel or body bars wrapped in cardboard with paper tape, no plastic in sight… The fact I didn’t love them no matter how hard I try and the fact I’m not using them no matter how much I want to has made me feel slightly defeated. I felt like I had been sucked into the eco-consumerism trap. Buy this! Good for you, good for the planet! But how good was this soggy-glump-of-goo sitting on my shower shelf filled with empty promises of voluminous hair and luscious locks?
From now, when it comes to the bathroom, I implement the KISS principle… Keep it simple stupid. This simple recipe was adapted from the I Quit Plastics blog written by Kate Nelson… and guess what? It makes me feel great.
- 1 empty clean jar – I like to use short, wide mouthed jars where the label comes off easy (Vegemite!)
- 1 part sugar – I use raw sugar and put in through my nutribullet so it isn’t as coarse
- 1/2 part macadamia oil – you can also use olive, sesame or almond oil
- 1 tsp Kakadu Plum powder – you can read about the amazing benefits of Kakadu Plum powder here
Mix ingredients together in jar and scrub on face and body daily! To ensure the mixture keeps make sure to avoid getting water in the jar.
Note: I source all ingredients from The Source WholeFoods, Balmain