I am definitely impartial to buying an array of hair care and beauty products. However, after realising just how much dry shampoo I was getting through each week, I decided to make a small change which would significantly reduce the amount of packaging waste I was creating. Not only that, but I would also be using a natural hair product which would be of benefit to both myself and the environment.
This eco-friendly, natural dry shampoo can be made using a mixture of 3 parts cornflour to 1 part cocoa powder. It’s incredibly effective, cheap and sustainable. I apply mine to dark coloured hair at the root, with an old make-up brush. For light coloured hair, just cornflour by itself works a treat. I store mine in a glass jar that I’ve reused, with a bow (because it’s cute). I also have a very small jar that I fill with the dry shampoo to take with me whenever I’m travelling. I generally make a large jar once every 2-3 months. This is definitely a positive change, as I used to get through at least one tin of dry shampoo per week. Plus, smelling like cocoa powder is a dream!
Imagine the difference one human being could make by carrying around a reusable cup and water bottle when going about their daily life? Well, there’s no need to imagine, as this is possibly one of the easiest ways to reduce waste.
The most difficult part about this, is getting into the habit of remembering to bring your reusable cup and water bottle with you. However, once you get into the habit, it becomes a very natural action. On the odd day that you do manage to forget, it almost feels as if you’ve lost a limb.
By investing in a reusable cup and water bottle, not only will you be saving the planet, but you’ll also be saving quite a bit of money each week too. Many coffee shops offer a discount when you bring your own cup. When you combine that saving with the amount saved from wiping out the cost of bottled water, it really does add up.
As for how you will refill your bottled water, a website now exists for if you’re out and about and need a refill. This very convenient website will tell you the locations of refill points that surround you, via a ‘Tap Map’. Many of the refill points are that of local, eco-conscious businesses. This map can be accessed at refill.ie.
Soon, we’ll wonder how we ever survived without these essential everyday drinking vessels.