Day 71 - Friday I'm Inspired: Rocket Science
There are a lot of zero wasters and minimalists out there on social media, but there are a few that stand out in my mind as exceptional, not just for their efforts at a zero waste lifestyle, but for their unwillingness to sacrifice style in the process. One of my goals in all of this is to show that minimizing your impact and simplifying your life doesn't have to mean living like a Spartan in a bare bones house with no beauty or pleasure.
One particular Instagrammer exemplifies this philosophy for me. Anita Vandyke (@rocketscience) is an aerospace engineer and medical student who happens to have the most stunning and inspiring zero waste images on my feed.
During the month of May, she dedicated a post every day to one of Marie Kondo's principles, which inspired and motivated me to follow them as well. I'm not alone in my love for this 'grammer. Her 10k followers obviously agree with me.
I encourage you to have a look at her profile and scroll through her pics. I'll be amazed if you're not inspired yourself.
Awareness is the first step in protecting yourself and staying healthy.
You can reap a lot of savings by making some of your own cosmetics and toiletries, with the added benefit of knowing exactly what's going into them (no mystery un-pronounce-able ingredients, thank you very much!).
I'm keeping my feet looking as tidy as I can with a simple at-home pedicure, using tools that I already have.
The DIY deodorant I tried this week was a total win. Just a handful of ingredients, and easy to put together.
My dermatologist had actually recommended that I stay on a low-dose antibiotic… forever. This should have been my first clue that I needed a second opinion.
I'm trying to use up all my old products before I make the switch to more sustainable options, but that hasn't stopped me from lusting after some beautiful zero-waste, plastic-free, natural cosmetics from some awesome brands.
I've read that synthetic moisturizers can prevent your skin from hydrating itself, and that healthy skin doesn't need a bunch of stuff slathered on it every day.
I tried every combination of almond oil, beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil, jojoba oil, aloe vera, and even coconut oil that I could think of. But with everything I tried, my skin would flare up bright red and get angry at me again.
I've been working on slowly re-vamping my beauty routine into something a little less wasteful, which is no easy task since before I began this journey, virtually all of my cosmetics and toiletries were petroleum-based and packaged in plastic.
Anyone else out there still wearing Invisalign or some other kind of dental gear at night?