I have a lot of people ask what products I use as greener alternatives to the ‘usual’ options, so here are the answers.
Please note, this is not me recommending or endorsing or being sponsored to promote any particular product, it’s simply what I use and why I have chosen them.
With something like 30 million plastic toothbrushes being thrown away in Australia each year, we have switched to bamboo ones from Environmental Toothbrush. I’ve found they last longer than the plastic ones, plus I can use them as kindling in the fire or throw in the compost when I’m done.
Ladies, once you go cloth, you’ll never go back! I’ve been using Moon Pads cloth sanitary pads for over 15 years now. They work out much cheaper than disposables, create no garbage, are super easy to clean (just throw them in the washing machine with everything else), are comfortable (except for horseriding), much prettier and always on-hand. They also don’t have adhesive for small children to use as stickers or for unfortunate pubic-hair-incidents. Plus there’s less smell, and equal absorbency!
I have chosen Euca laundry powder in the 12kg tubs. There’s far less packaging than smaller boxes (and far less of those darn plastic scoops), it’s palm oil free, Australian made and the container is a perfect in-garden worm farm once it’s used up!
I’ve done it. The phase-out of tissues in our house has begun. I’ve faced my fear of snot and I bought hankies instead. Reusable and washable! And continually disappearing into my sons pockets… I need to buy more.
I originally had a pack of store-bought wipes and discovered that they go through the washing machine in-tact. I now put these washed wipes into a clean coffee jar with a mix of 1 cup boiling water, 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil and a squirt of baby wash to make my own. I simply wash and reuse.
My favourite cloth nappies were Funki Bums, but they’re no longer in production. Pretty much any pocket / insert nappy, particularly in bamboo, are awesome. We also have a lot of Baby Beehinds – they make my favourite PLU covers for over traditional white cloth square nappies. There’s lots of different brands that produce great nappies, and second-hand from websites such as eBay or Gumtree are also excellent places to find them. Or join your local cloth nappy library to try different sorts to see which suits you. Cloth nappies have a gazillion benefits over disposables – and are super easy to use and clean. Trust me. They’re awesome. Just ask me, I’ll happily talk nappies all day! When I do have to travel and can’t use cloth, we choose Naty Baby Care – they’re as biodegradable as we can find in our supermarket.
We are phasing out the hand-pump soaps in our house, as even with the refill options, they still create far more plastic waste / recycling than soap bars. I use Country Life soap – Australian made, palm-oil free with recyclable cardboard packaging.
Vinegar. Water. A cloth.
My Next Targets
I need to tackle cotton buds and dental floss next – if you have any useful product recommendations I’d love to hear them!