Some people start a plastic free zerowaste lifestyle with a wardrobe clear out. This is great but a one day purge doesn’t necessarily lead to an easily sustained lifestyle change.
So what does?
Gather up those consumables and start using them up!
Last September I gathered up all the moisturizers, shampoos, conditioners, samples etc in my house and took this picture:
Over the next few months I used them up (recycling each one when finished). It constantly reminded me of my goal and kept me on track. Every time another item was used up I got a great achievement boost. Some people would just throw them out but that feels wasteful to me and against the ethos I’m trying to live by.
I have now successfully used up ALL of the stuff I accumulated from hotels, gifts, magazines etc. I moved on to the things I had purchased and those are mostly gone too. Who knew you could have months and months of lotions and potions lying about.
I refuse new freebies and never bring stuff home from hotels anymore (it’s hard but resist the urge!) I even went one step further and kept two decent travel-sized bottles to fill up for gym and vacations.
I didn’t have to buy anything for at least 4 months so as a massive bonus I saved lots of money. Using every single thing I owned before buying anything new made me think about my consumerism. I took a lot of stuff without needing, or using it, simply because it was free. It only served to clutter my life and fed the cycle of unnecessary plastic destroying the environment. Now when I need something new I put a lot of thought into it. I even found a glass bottled moisturizer. My minimalist bathroom looks fantastic! The eventual aim is for all of my products to fit in the vanity case pictured above. My next focus is all of this make-up: