In part 1, I talked about switching from disposable bags and containers for shopping, cleaning, and food. But what about more, um, personal areas? Disposable products are marketed everywhere, but they aren't the only option.
An easy start is cutting tissues out of old t-shirts. This is a great way to use old t-shirts that have gotten soft and snuggly - your nose will appreciate it!
I bought some handkerchiefs at rummage sales, although some were free from my Dad.
Recently, I started shaving with a double-edge safety razor that belonged to my Grandfather. It works just as well as a plastic disposable or cartridge razor, although it takes some extra effort.
Ok, any squeamish males should stop reading now, personal details below...
For women specifically, we can cut out a significant chunk of trash and cost with reusable feminine hygiene products. I started with a menstrual cup.
|From SquawkFox, who has a list of top-10 reasons to get one|
From a personal standpoint, I find the Diva cup way more comfortable and less hassle than tampons and pads. It takes some practice to get used to inserting it and removing it, but it deals with heavy bleeding much more effectively than tampons. Plus its made of silicon, rather than scratchy cotton. You do have to take care of it, cleaning it with soap on a regular basis and boiling it at the beginning and end of your cycle.
I back up my Diva cup with cloth pads. These have more up-front cost if made by someone else, but some people do make their own. I bought mine from Pleat and Moon Bees on Etsy.
|From Pleat on Etsy|
|From Moon Bees on Etsy|
Moon Bees pads cost less because she makes hers out of undyed hemp/cotton fleece. It looks like she's only making dyed cotton pads now though. Pleat's are prettier and her regular/overnight pads aren't as thick, but they're a little more costly.