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Zero-waste dishwashing and other things I want to talk about.

We have been evolving. At first we just used regular dish detergent. Then we switched to environmentally friendly detergent. Then it dawned on us that plastic bottles are not as sustainable as the cardboard so we switched to powder in cardboard. Now we are at – zero waste! With the addition of a cute little wooden scoop we are all set! Beyond this is possibly homemade but for now…Of course this was achieved with a visit to The Soap Dispensary. My sister-in-law was the catalyst for the latest visit or, maybe more accurately, the excuse. She really wanted to go and it gave us a chance to catch up at the same time. I’m lucky to have people in my life that think similarly.My conditioner has gone zero waste too. Could this be the last plastic bottle to ever hold my conditioner?As a special treat for my occasional bath time, I picked up some Epsom Salt. With no packaging involved I figured “What the heck”. Maybe I will use some after the Sun Run to help relieve the pain!


“The intention of this way of life [voluntary simplicity] is not to dogmatically live with less. It’s a more demanding intention of living with balance. This is a middle way that moves between the extremes of poverty and indulgence.”

Duane Elgin


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


3 thoughts on “Zero-waste dishwashing and other things I want to talk about.

  1. Ive never heard of a soap dispensary – must not be something we have around here.

    I’m using up what we have left of dishwasher powder, then my intention is to make my own. I suppose that is somewhat more environmentally friendly because it will be phosphate free, but the stuff to make it still comes in containers. Everything is recyclable here, though whether or not it actually gets recycled after pick up.. well.. who knows?

    Posted by lightlycrunchy | March 27, 2012, 9:42 am
    • I think that making your own is a great option. You will know exactly what is in it! I hope that the things we send to recycling actually get recycled. I guess we will never know really. The woman who owns the Soap Dispensary (in Vancouver) says that there are similar refill stores in cities all over. There weren’t any in Metro Vancover so they built one to fill the gap.

      Posted by stephanieough | March 27, 2012, 10:06 am
      • I’m too rural to have anything similar close to me. It’d be nice though. Love Vancouver – haven’t been there since I was a teen, but its a beautiful spot.

        Posted by lightlycrunchy | March 27, 2012, 10:11 am

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