Many of us a trying to cut down our waste, and with all the different areas in our lives where we need to use and consume products, it can be hard to know where to start, or even to make changes everywhere. I find it much easier to look at one product at a time, then try and work out what changes I can make to my consumption of that product that will result in less waste, or reduce my environmental impact. It’s much more manageable, and much more rewarding.
For example. You could collect up all the plastic you use in a week, and pick one or two things where you could make changes by buying different products with less/zero plastic packaging. You could decide that some things are too difficult right now (and perhaps send an email to the store/brand who makes it) but you will then start implementing those changes before moving onto something else.
So, today I’d like to ask you to think about deodorant. It’s a product most of us use on a daily basis – and it comes in all sorts of packaging. I’m already at the stage with deodorant where I’ve switch from plastic roll-on bottles to glass jars (albeit with plastic lids) of deodorant cream. I then get to re-use the jars, although there’s a limit on how many small glass jars one household needs! So then what can’t be used gets recycled – but the black plastic lids are probably a bit of a questionable area. So there’s room for improvement.
Luckily for me, I discovered Coconut Matter – an ethically made beauty social and eco-enterprise on a mission to reduce the plastic waste in our bathroom. They’ve discovered that only 1 in 5 people recycle toiletries packaging, and approximately 50% of bathroom waste is even recycled – probably because we don’t have recycling bins in bathrooms! Coconut Matter have created a range of four gorgeous deodorants which make things easy for us, by coming in completely plastic free, biodegradable cardboard packaging.
The paper tubes are rolled by hand using cardboard and food-grade wax paper on the inside, and biodegradable laminate on the outside. Everything’s completely natural and there’s no water contained in the ingredients, so it goes further and lasts longer – with reports of one tube lasting some people up to 5 months. Wow! Plus, all of the deodorants are totally vegan and cruelty free.
As you can tell by the name, coconut oil is a key ingredient in Coconut Matter products, and the wild coconuts are sourced under fair trade conditions, in the Soloman Islands. You can use this product to stop body odour, and improve underarm skin health with a clear conscience. Plus, there’s the added bonus of zero residues, zero stickiness and zero stains.
I’ve been using the deodorant for a few weeks now and I’m a total convert. I often have a busy day of moving around a lot, building up a sweat, and fitting in a yoga class too. Some time on most of these days I’d usually have to reapply my deodorant. Not anymore! It’s amazing stuff. And to think I’m now completely waste free with deodorant too. It’s so easy to use – just a few glides under each arm, and your done. My favourite of the 4 scents is Hero – a heady, refreshing blend of eucalyptus, peppermint and rosemary – perfect for that morning freshness. And I do love it when your deodorant tells you to “conquer the day”!
It’s hard to estimate exactly how much waste I’ll be saving now I’m zero waste with my deodorant, but I do also use a travel tube of roll on, probably 1 or 2 a year, as a glass jar is not really practical, and I’ll be able to do away with those now. So I’d say 1 -2 tubes and 2-3 glass jars (with plastic lids) a year perhaps. It doesn’t sound like loads, but it’s a huge step. Imagine we all did that? How much would you save per year?
Coconut Matter are about to launch a challenge, to find out how much waste can be saved from deodorant alone. Keep an eye out and check out their website here.