My Journey in Environmental Responsibility Part 4: Empowering Women to Reduce Waste

Empowering Women to Reduce Waste

By Kait Spielmaker

Women Reducing Waste

If you haven’t already discovered by now, Green Living is celebrating women this issue (don’t worry guys, June is for you.) Continuing the theme of women, I thought it would be appropriate to make this months topic of reducing waste as it relates to us girls. 

In the world of health and beauty there are a lot of things I have not conquered. My beauty routine is very minimal, lacking the fundamentals such as blush or eyeshadow most days. Here is what I can give you: 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 for it right now is using it as eye makeup remover. It works incredibly well for those heavy eye makeup days removing liquid eyeliner and mascara before bed. 

Coconut Oil For Everything

As things in my bathroom run out, I am finding minimal waste replacements to take the place of a once plastic bottle. 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 continue to do coconut oil treatments on my hair to keep it hydrated and smooth.

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

IIf you’re looking for an accessible brand where you can smell and test all the products before buying, then don’t skip Lush. Lush is on point for aesthetics and smells and they won’t break your wallet. I have easily switched my body and face wash to a plastic free alternative from Lush. Not to mention they are cruelty free and ethical.

Lush is a one stop shop for anything from face wash to bath bombs, which 35% of their product line is package free and anything with packaging is recycled or at the very least recyclable. (LushUSA.)

Menstrual Cups Are Mainstream

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

4 years ago, many people were freaked out by the idea of using one because it seemed foreign and unfamiliar. Now in 2019, articles pop up left and right about why you should switch to a menstrual cup, and pretty soon you’ll be behind the times if you aren’t on the bandwagon. In the time I have had mine, menstrual cups have evolved to a point where there are sizes and shapes for every woman, so make sure to find one best suited for you. I promise you won’t regret the decision to switch as it saves you money and reduces waste.

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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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