Dunno about you all but my butt hurts and my eyes are blurring from writing all these posts…..so let’s get into the shops for some madness…
Following on from my last post about Zero Waste, it would be fantastic if companies and supermarkets could consider having one of these where you can BYOR.
These may not be available but there are companies offering to refill your bottles (SynTech Chemicals, Singapore) and cost of product is way cheaper than the supermarket. Alternatively refill or zero waste shops have popped up around the world offering basic refills.
None of these are convenient for me so let’s tackle soap & cleaning products.
As we discussed in a previous post, cosmetics (like toothpaste) have man-made chemicals that have an insidious side to them:
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: to make it foamy. See previous post
- Triclosan: Antibacterial agent. See previous post
- Parabens: preservative to stop the product going mouldy + potential carcinogen + potentially reduces sperm count (endocrine disruptor) + skin irritant.The FDA think Parabens are safe:
https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/productsingredients/ingredients/ucm128042.htmThe EU bans 5 types of parabens in cosmetics such as from body creams but still allows it in shampoos/conditioners: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-1051_en.htm
- Phthalate: helps to preserve the fragrance in the product. It is used to make plastics and is a potential carcinogen + suspected hormone disruptor
Ref: US National Library of Medicine
The FDA’s think it’s safe https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/productsingredients/potentialcontaminants/ucm128250.htm
However the EU thinks differently on this and will be restricting the use of 4 types of phthalates: https://www.env-health.org/resources/press-releases/article/europe-finally-recognises-four
Day 26: Shampoo & Conditioner
Just hope she’s was using a natural soap ‘cos that fresh water she is enjoying will be going straight back into our water…
Once upon a time I used to spend soooo much time in the bathroom shampooing and conditioning my long hair. October 2014, on my 3rd attempt after many years, managed to successfully stop using either and now only wash with water. My showers are so fast which gives me more time to write long blog posts!
If you want to try going “poo” free I found going cold turkey the worst experience. My hair was greasy and terribly itchy for weeks. Found it easier to slowly come off the shampoo addiction by every 3-4 weeks lengthening the number of days I shampoo-ed my hair. So week 1 would be every other day; 3 weeks later spaced out to every 3rd day etc.
Since I stopped using both shampoo and conditioner, the dandruff / eczema in my scalp has disappeared. Also found my hair is falling out less. Have recommended this to two guys whose hair was falling out and they have had a similar result. More people need to test this method to see if it is true.
Not ready to go poo-less, here are some alternatives to plastic bottled shampoos:
- Shampoo bars – a number of brands are available wrapped in a cardboard label.
- Shampoo powder in a tin
- Shampoo liquid in glass bottles!
Simply do a search on “Shampoo – no plastic” and remember to check the ingredients (see above). Seems more products are going plastic free every time I do a search.
- Soap nuts – Cosmopolitan has an article on using this: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/beauty-hair/hair/how-to/a32310/how-to-makeup-soapnuts-shampoo/
- Make your own: http://stitchedinsilver.blogspot.com/2018/06/avoiding-three-ps-parabens-phthalates.html?m=1
- Try poo-less. My preference…..
I rub olive oil on my hair as it is easy for me to purchase a bottle of Olive Oil in a tin or glass bottle. I hear apple cider vinegar is great to make it shine though yet to try it.
If you want to purchase something, like shampoos these come in:
- Glass bottles – liquid
- Tins – powder
- Conditioner bars (like shampoo bars).Will leave you to do a web search to locate something in your respective countries.
Alternative here’s a lass who can provide better brand recommendations on shampoos and conditioners than myself: https://treadingmyownpath.com/2017/07/27/plastic-free-shampoo-conditioner/
Day 27: Hand / Body Soap
So what kind of soap are you washing the kids with? Do check what chemicals those kids are having fun with.
Triclosan is used in many anti-bacterial liquid hand soaps (see previous posts for concerns about Triclosan creating antibiotic resistant bacteria)
Here is an interesting video on the evolution of bacteria becoming antibiotic resistant.
It would seem ordinary soap is just as good as anti-bacterial soap for our domestic users. How Stuff Works can tell you about this: https://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/cleansing/myths/question692.htm
Alternatives to liquid soap:
- I grew up with a soap bar wrapped in paper. Have noticed the soap bar appears to last longer than the liquid soap. A web search will show you plenty of soap bars. Are there kids safe soap bars? I can only tell ya I found loads doing a web search.
My soap bar lasts me for ages (been 6 months & still got a good bar)…my mother would have told me if I smelt rank!
- Make your own liquid soap and there are YouTube videos to show you how. If I deep dried my food and had residual oil, I would probably try to turn this into soap.
Have fun washing. Next post will be on Cleaning Detergents….