On my quest to buy products that are both less carcinogenic and have less packaging I ended up visiting Lush. There are mixed reviews on the environmental friendliness of Lush but probably it’s better than your average drugstore products. I came prepared with my own bag because, even though they give only paper bags, re-using is a good thing. We were almost out of bars of soap and I knew that Lush carried package free soap. Unfortunately, after I asked her not to wrap the soap in paper, the employee printed out a sticker that she stuck to my soap. I also picked out a solid bar of conditioner to try out and a new product called toothy tabs that is used instead of toothpaste. The only packaging/purchasing waste that came with my purchases was a little cardboard box for the tooth tabs, a price sticker and my receipt for waste/recycling.
The little tooth tabs come in a recycled and recyclable cardboard container which could be a good alternative to the plastic or metal tubes we throw away. So far I’ve tried the tabs four times. I started with the recommended one tab but due to excessive foaminess have narrowed it down to a quarter of a tab per teeth brushing. It definately leaves my teeth very clean and I could get used to it.
The soap is quite smelly (even my 5 year old has noticed it) so I think I’ll continue searching for a zero-waste soap that is fragrance free. Apparently Choices Market in Vancouver has bulk bars of soap also. Any excuse for a road trip is fine by me!
After trying the solid conditioner a few times I think that it works pretty good. I don’t need to condition everytime I wash my hair but it’s nice to know I have some in the house just in case! It does leave a perfumey smell in my hair that I am not used to. The second day after washing the smell had gone away. This could work for me and I like the idea of less plastic bottles needing recycling because they will not have been purchased in the first place.
I’m happy with the small changes we are trying in our household. Which product would you like to try?