In the zero waste world, one of the most talked about items is the safety razor. DIY toothpaste, bamboo toothbrushes, and safety razors are probably the go-to swaps for their disposable counterparts. So I jumped on the bandwagon and bought one.
It was a little scary at first, I won't lie. Unscrewing the top flap and slotting in a double edged, sharp as crap razor blade into this antiquated looking tool, I wondered if I was about to tear my legs to shreds. It's much heavier in your hands than the disposable you're used to, and can feel a little unwieldy at first. But I would argue that the shave is actually better, closer. I've had to shave less frequently since I started using it, and I've yet to cut myself (knock on wood).
I got one for Mat too, and he agreed that it's a little awkward at first, but so far the results are pretty good.
So what do you do with the blades after they've dulled? Buy a blade bank to keep them in, like this one, and then take them to your local recycling center when it's full. You can also make your own out of a soup can like this one (though I'd skip the spray-painting part) and recycle it along with your other metals.
No more plastic in a landfill, and no recycling workers getting their hands cut to shreds.
Since my recent move to the UK and my subsequent endurance of the perpetually dreary weather here, I've noticed a significant increase in my desire for three things: sleep, baths, and soup. I've never been too mad about soups in general, and have rarely ever made them at home, but they are the perfect comfort food for a rainy weekday evening.
Since Mat and I are giving veganism a try, we've had to get a little creative about what we cook at home. I want to make sure we're getting a nice variety of foods, so that we don't get bored with a vegan diet, and so that we get a good balance of nutrients.
A few weeks ago, I was at the market and saw some beautiful avocados, known locally as butterfruit, and brought them home for a snack.
There is a 100% chance that your plugged-in hair dryer is sucking energy that you're not just wasting, but also paying for.
The one place where I think it behooves us to get rid of our plastic is in the kitchen.
How much water does the dishwasher actually use?
For the last week, any tips or leaves of vegetables that haven't made it into whatever dish I was making have been saved in a bowl in my fridge for stock.
For a long time I was intimidated by my own French press coffee maker, so it sat on top of my fridge looking beautiful and sophisticated but never actually getting used.
So far, I've found that living less wastefully is just a matter of tuning in my brain a little bit more to the stuff I do every day.