Easy Bathroom Swap #2

Still buying shampoo? Conditioner? Body wash? At the beginning of the summer, so was I, until I did some research.

Hair care products cost Americans hundreds of dollars per year, with each bottle being up to 10 dollars. And a LOT of these contain carcinogens and harmful chemicals. Not to mention, many of them are sold in difficult or impossible to recycle bottles.

So if it’s so hard to find safe products, what can you do? Chances are, the answer is in your kitchen.

photo 1 (2)In late June, I began washing my hair with apple cider vinegar (less than $2 per gallon) and baking soda (less than $1 per box), and switched to bar soap to wash my body, which you can find at your local health food store or drug store. Since then, I’ve felt just as clean, if not more!

This method of personal care is super easy and affordable, and you’ll know you’re treating your body right!

Here’s how to use baking soda as a substitute for shampoo:

  1. Mix 1 part baking soda to three parts warm water in a bottle (I wouldn’t advise using a jar, as it could break while you’re in the shower) and shake well. When all the baking soda has dissolved, it should look like regular water.
  2. In the shower, pour it over your hair and, if desired, massage it into your scalp(it won’t foam up like regular shampoo).
  3. Let it sit in your hair for 2-3 minutes. During this time I like to turn off the water and wash the rest of my body while I wait.
  4. Wash out the mixture thoroughly. Repeat if your hair doesn’t feel clean enough. Warning: Do not get the baking soda mixture in your eyes!

Here’s how to substitute conditioner with apple cider vinegar:

  1. Combine 1 part apple cider vinegar to 1 part water and mix well.
  2. In the shower, pour over your head (careful not to get any in your eyes) and rinse out immediately. You should notice that your hair will feel smoother. To the skeptics: your hair will not smell like vinegar all day! The smell should go away once your hair is completely dry.

Something to consider: This method won’t work for every hair type, so I encourage you to do some research to find what works best for you! photo 2 (2)

An alternative to baking soda is something called castile soap, a natural soap made
of oils, such as jojoba oil, coconut oil, and hemp oil. It smells great and foams up just like shampoo!

Happy bathing!


Easy Bathroom Swap #1

Hey guys! I know I’ve only just begun this blog, but I’ve been making sustainable switches all summer! Here is just one thing I have done in the bathroom to be more environmentally conscious:

Once my family had used up all of the floss in our floss container, instead of running out to the store to buy more, I simply popped open the container and rolled some sewing thread inside of it. It’s super easy, cheap, and works pretty well!

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A little about my goal and me…

Greetings, millennials(and friends of millennials)!

This is my very first attempt at anything even remotely
related to a blog, so bear with me as I try to figure out my first post.

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BUT, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Sarah. I am 16 years old and an incoming high school senior from Central New Jersey. I have been studying ballet for thirteen years (currently recovering from an injury), and I consider myself as a bit of an environmental activist.

Through founding and co leading my school’s Environmental Club, I have developed a passion for the Earth and bringing my peers closer to it. I strive to live a life in tune to my values. Because what are we really doing if we don’t make that a priority? How can something actually be important to us if we do nothing for the causes we so passionately talk about?

Having these thoughts has lead me and my family to embark upon a mission: to drastically reduce our trash production.

Through this blog, I hope to:

  1. Document my efforts, as well as my family’s, to reduce our trash and overall environmental impact.
  2. Empower other people in my age group (aka millennials) to be educated and environmentally conscious consumers.
  3. Enable people to re-think all aspects of their trash: I want people to understand the part they play in the trash problem(I mean, we all contribute), where their trash goes and comes from, how to reduce it, and how trash is interconnected with other environmental issues. For instance, climate change is, in part, caused by trash. Think about the life cycle of your trash: Raw materials have to be extracted from the earth, transported to a factory, then probably brought to another factory, then to a manufacturer, then (most likely) overseas, then to a distributor, then to a store in your area. Then you buy it, drive home with it, use the product and throw away the trash, which a garbage collector has to drive to your house to collect and then drive to a facility that will drive it to a landfill. How much carbon do you think is involved in that process?
  4. Share tips on how to live more sustainably, and hopefully learn a thing or two from you guys as well!

I’m not here to say that I, or my family, is going to be absolutely perfect. In fact, there are limitations (due to the selection of stores in our area) that will prevent us from, for example, getting things such as dairy and meat without packaging. Nor am I saying that I know everything about the zero waste life style, recycling, trash, the environment, or environmental politics. In fact, if you catch me saying something incorrect, or improperly executing a sustainable practice, by all means let me know!

This blog is here to document, empower, and educate. I sincerely hope you enjoy it!