5 plastic free bathroom swaps

Zero Waste week is currently in full swing but once it’s over how do we keep up the momentum?

We all know that plastic is bad for the environment but surely everything comes in plastic bottles/jars now?

It can be hard to make changes to our routine and sometimes we just don’t know where too start. Which is why I’ve compiled a list of 5 pretty easy beauty/bathroom swaps for you to try.

Number 1 – Bamboo toothbrushes

We buy ours from our local zero waste shop but if you are not as lucky as we are to have one close by, you can buy them on the internet. The Ethical Superstore sell them, as do F.E.T.E. although they are a bit more expensive. If buying online isn’t your thing, Holland & Barrett sell them too.

Number 2 – Shampoo and Conditioner Bars

This particular shampoo bar comes from Lush. It comes packaged in a paper bag and you can buy a small tin to keep it in. I also use a shampoo bar I buy in my local Zerowaste shop. That one is made by local maker Folk Soap.

Number 3 – Toilet Roll

I am not brave enough to swap over to *ahem* family cloth and will be sticking to toilet paper for the foreseeable future. The main issue with toilet paper for me is the fact it comes wrapped in plastic. Who gives a Crap toilet paper comes wrapped in paper and even has some interesting facts printed on some of its wrapper to provide “reading material”. My two thought this was the best bit!!

Number 4 – Shaving cream

For those that shave, why not swap the shaving cream in a can, for solid shaving cream like your grandfather used?

The one above was gifted to hubby as a Christmas present by a family member and was bought in one of the supermarkets. If you want to buy something in a tub that can be recycled then try this Lush shaving cream. You even get rewarded when you take back 5 empty full sized tubs. Win win.

Number 5 – Soap

Soap is an easy swap. We all had soap bars before liquid soap became the “norm”. Soap bars are easily bought and are probably the easiest swap on this list.

How many of these can you swap the next time you need to replace the products? Is there anything else you would add to this list?

**Disclaimer** I bought each of these products (with the exception of the shaving cream which was a Christmas present for Hubby) I have listed everything here because I use them (or have used them) personally.

Why go Zero Waste?

Well first off I am going to add a small disclaimer to this post. I, myself, am not totally zero waste. I am quite far from it if I am honest. But I try. And in reality every small step I take to reduce my waste is a step closer to reducing all waste.

Day 1 of Zero Waste Week was Monday and the question that was posed was “Why?” Why are you reducing your plastic? I would love to hear your reasons. Please leave comments or link to your own blog post explaining your reasons. I would love to read them.

What about me? Why do I spend time trying to reduce my plastic?

My reasons are quite simple really. In this post Rae lists 10 reasons for reducing plastic, but I only have 2. My kids!

Like any mother I want the best for my kids. I want them to grow up in a world that can still take their breath away (for all the right reasons). One that is inhabited by many many species of animals and fish.

I want them to look in the sea and see fish not plastic.

by 2050 there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish

I want them to look to the horizon and see mountains, not landfills.

oil takes millions of years to form

I know that my decisions today can help shape their future tomorrow. Why wouldn’t I try my best?

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Half Term

Last week was half term so I had the kids home with me all week. I am one of those mums that love having my kids home and we usually pack so many activities into school holidays.

But this time was different. This time we hardly did anything, and to be honest I’m feeling quite sad about it.

I had ear surgery two weeks ago and as such I wasn’t really well enough to leave the house and I haven’t had the energy to organise activities in the house either. So the kids have pretty much done nothing.

On the positive side, they are quite happy to entertain themselves (and each other), they have played with Lego, D has played with his Pokémon cards, they have watched Netflix and YouTube videos and played nicely with me downstairs. It was nice and the kids were fab but now we are at the end of half term and I feel like they’ve missed out and I have awful mum guilt.

As a way to salvage something we walked up the mountain last night to watch the sunset. Little Lady brought a friend and they spent a bit of time running around and messing around, stopping every now and again to admire the colours of the sky as the sun went down.

We were all exhausted on the way back down (even though I’d spent most of my time sat on a blanket!) but they have an Inset day here today so it didn’t matter how late they were going to bed last night.

They haven’t stopped talking about it today which eases my guilt slightly. Little Lady’s friend has already asked when we can do it again and I have heard rumblings about repeating it but on Pen-y-Fan instead. We’ll see.

How do you feel about school holidays? Do you use the time as downtime? Or fill the time with activities?

Bath Bomb Success

I recently wrote about our attempt to make bath bombs and how the first attempt had gone awry due to an issue with the recipe. We had to have another as the kids were desperate to have homemade bath bombs in their bath.

A quick search of the internet and I found a recipe that worked on The Soap Kitchen. They suggest

300g Bicarbonate of Soda

100g Citric Acid

10ml of fragrance (we used less than this)

We also added a 6yr old’s handful and a half of dried rose petals.

When mixed they gave a much better texture and held together better. I had bought small round moulds and this mixture gave us 6 balls.

They’ve been used in the bath and the verdict is mostly positive. The main negative came from me and that was that there were waaaaay too many rose petals left in the bath once they got out lol! If you have a 6yr old to use as a measuring tool, maybe suggest only 1 handful 😉

If you use this recipe please let me know how you find it. I’d love to have your views too.

Reusable Cups

In my last post I told you about our trip to Berlin.

As a family we do try to be as environmentally friendly as we can. We have cut down on a lot of our plastic use over the past few years and are conscious of where we can improve.

Knowing we had a big train journey ahead of us we packed sandwiches, home made snacks and drinks. But I have to admit I did succumb to a cuppa on the last ICE train and when hubby went to buy it he treated us to a bar of chocolate each too.

Neither the drink nor the chocolate was really needed but I wanted a hot drink and the cafe on board was only too accessible.

The drink came in the usual one use takeaway cup with a plastic lid. I felt guilty that I hadn’t brought my own cup to put the tea in.

Since we’ve been home I have been researching collapsing reusable cups to carry in my handbag in case I fancy a cup of tea while out and about again. Something like this

Or something like this maybe….

We did have one of these and I lost it oops! Please don’t tell Hubby!

But there is so much choice. Does the plastic in a reusable cup outweigh the plastic in a single use cup? Is it small enough to fit in my handbag so that it can go everywhere with me? I don’t want to end up buying something that doesn’t fit the purpose.

I’d love to know if you have any recommendations before I buy anything.

Do you use a portable reusable cup already?

Turning 10

Little Lady recently turned 10. She was so excited! Double figures is a massive milestone when you are 9 1/2 😉

We wanted to make it special as you only turn double figures once but we found it very hard to help her celebrate. We asked her what she wanted to do and there was nothing she could think of.

Same went for presents. She’s really good in that she’s perfectly content with what she has, and that’s amazing. I love that she is like that. However, it’s extremely difficult at the time of year with both her birthday and Christmas coming so close together.

So what could we do? I surprised her with a unicorn cake which thankfully she loved.



It’s not perfect but I was quite impressed by the finished result actually. Thanks YouTube!

Hubby then arranged a rafting party for her. She loves the water and went indoor surfing last year. She was so excited. She invited her friends and started a countdown on her calendar.

They all had a whale of a time. They got very wet, both accidentally and on purpose, but every single one of them was smiling at the end.

Once they had warmed up in the shower and changed into dry clothes we had cake.


Think they enjoyed it, don’t you?

A Pair of Giraffes

Back in the summer my baby cousin turned 1. His mum organised a jungle themed party and invited everyone to come in fancy dress. Little Lady and I love dressing up and decided to go as giraffes. Okay, so maybe not technically a jungle animal but they are my favourite animal so they won!

We had yellow t shirts but I did buy yellow leggings due to being pressed for time. Using masking tape I marked off lines on both the t shirts and the leggings and then painted the spaces brown.

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I put a piece of cardboard up inside the t shirt to ensure the paint didn’t bleed through.

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Once it had all been painted I peeled off the masking tape and left the paint to dry.

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It’s so simple yet so effective. Little Lady and I had a lot of lovely comments on our matching outfits.

By the Bar

In my dream kitchen I have a breakfast bar that the kids can sit at doing their homework while I prepare tea. Pfft! Yes I know I live in a dream world but that’s the way it’s always been.

A while ago, possibly even a year ago now, we were given a bar stool. It needed a lot of TLC. The top fabric was stained, marked and scratched. The paint on the wooden legs was looking pretty shabby too.

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We are currently in the (very long) process of redoing the kitchen and we wanted a red theme. As it happened I had an offcut of red leather in my fabric stash which was a perfect size for the seat.

Hubby did a great job repainting the legs and recovering the top. He did go out and buy new studs as the old ones he pulled out wouldn’t stay back in.

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To be fair the stool gets used a lot. Mainly by D who thinks it’s a great step to stand on to reach the higher cupboards *rolls eyes*

All I need now was the bigger kitchen, the breakfast bar and kids who will sit down quietly!!!!

Zero Waste Top Tips

I have been taking part in Zero Waste Week for 4 years now and have been slowly working towards reducing my waste. I am no where near Zero Waste but I am definitely better than I was.

So what tips can I offer for anyone thinking of trying to reduce their waste?

  • Don’t try to do it all at once – it can be very overwhelming at first so break it down into more manageable chunks
  • Do a waste audit. How much waste do you throw out on a daily basis and where does it come from. This will help you identify the areas you can work on. Which brings me to….
  • Pick an area to start – maybe you want to tackle food waste first, or your kids’ lunchboxes?
  • Don’t be too hard on yourself – No one is perfect, we all slip up.

Are there any other tips you think I should include? Please let me know in the comments below.

Good luck with your Zero Waste journey.