Updated: Aug 19, 2020
For every purchase of a new personal care item, a container will end up in the landfill or the ocean. Instead you can reuse a bottle or container for your own homemade personal care products.
There are so many products that you can make at your very own home! There are ways of DIY deodorant, hand sanitizer, makeup remover, lip balm, hand cream, body soap, lip crawl, and so much more. To make them is very simple. For example, the only ingredients you need for your DIY deodorant are: baking soda, non-gmo arrowroot powder, organic unrefined coconut oil and essential oils. Essential Oils could be grapefruit, tea tree, spruce and sweet orange! (Hansard, Homemade Deodorant that really works)
Alternatively you can purchase products in larger bottles and containers rather than replacing smaller ones more frequently, or better yet purchase from merchants who offer discounts on refills such as Sote's Skin Care.
Reuse your own jars and containers, and try making your own personal care products!
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Tomorrow Visit a Thrift Store
Americans alone throw away about 10.5 million tons of clothing every year. It wasn’t always like this. Less than 100 years ago clothing used to be a big investment. In the 1950s people spent about 20 percent of their income on clothes. People would buy a few items of clothing per year and would take extremely good care of them to make sure they lasted as long as possible. Today, the opposite is true. The fast fashion industry is prominent - but although the price tags may be low, the environmental costs are extremely high.
By thrifting, we send less clothing to landfills, reduce resources used and wasted, and reduce pollution. Simply switching to thrifting isn’t going to completely solve all of the problems within the fashion and textile industry, but it is one way we can work to minimize our own carbon footprints and make small steps towards a better future.
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