My personal journey in environmental responsibility Part 4: Empowering Women to Reduce Waste

Empowering Women to Reduce Waste

By Kait Spielmaker

Women Reducing Waste

You might have noticed that Green Living is celebrating women this issue (don’t worry men, June is for you!). Continuing with the theme, I thought it would be appropriate to touch on waste reduction as it relates to women.

In the world of health and beauty, there are a lot of things I have not conquered. My beauty routine is very minimal, most days lacking even blush or eyeshadow. But one big tip I can definitely offer – invest in a bulk size container of coconut oil. That will become an intrinsic part of your health and beauty routine. Not to mention using it for cooking. Coconut oil is the base for basically anything DIY in the health a beauty world. It’s proven to be good for your hair and skin. My favorite use right now is as a do-it-all eye makeup remover and moisturizer. It works incredibly well for those heavy eye makeup days by quickly removing liquid eyeliner and mascara before bed.

Coconut Oil For Everything

As things in my bathroom run empty, I am replacing plastic bottles with minimal waste alternatives. When my conditioner ran out, I found a few different options for buying package-free conditioner and landed on a brand based in New Zealand that concentrates their shampoo and conditioner into bars. While it doesn’t lather as much as liquid conditioner, it gets the job done. I also continue to do coconut oil treatments on my hair to keep it hydrated and smooth (it really is a beauty essential).

Lush Cosmetics Is A Slice Of Heaven (And It’s Cruelty Free!)

If you’re looking for an accessible brand where you can smell and test all the products before buying, try Lush. The company offers affordable options that are on point for aesthetics and smells. It was easy to switch my body and face wash to a plastic-free alternative from them.

Lush, which is a cruelty free and ethically sourced company, is a one-stop shop for everything from face wash to bath bombs. Thirty-five percent of their product line is package-free, and anything with packaging is recyclable.

Menstrual Cups Are Mainstream

Now for the thing no one ever wants to talk about: menstrual cycles. According to Glamour magazine, the average woman disposes of 11,000 single-use menstrual products in her lifetime. The topic of periods should be an open discussion and recognized as a natural occurrence. Girls and women should be educated on the most eco-friendly ways to have a recurring cycle. I bought a Diva Cup in 2015 and I still have it.

Four years ago, many people were freaked out by the idea of using one because it seemed foreign and unfamiliar. Today, articles about switching to a menstrual cup are everywhere. Pretty soon you’ll be behind the times if you aren’t on the bandwagon. Since I bought mine four years ago, menstrual cups have evolved. Now there are sizes and shapes for every woman, so make sure to find one best suited for you. I know you won’t regret the decision to switch – a menstrual cup saves you money and reduces waste. What better combination could you ask for?

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Kait is a Michigan native who relocated to Phoenix, and is the administrative coordinator at Green Living Magazine. She is an avid hiker and is working on her master’s degree in Sustainable Tourism at Arizona State University.

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