Thanks to Spring & Vine for collaborating with me on this post and video. All opinions are my own.
I’m really excited to start this new series with you guys. I share a lot of things on clean living and non-toxic products but I haven’t shared much on living sustainably yet. Mainly because it’s one of the things I haven’t made a priority yet but it’s one of our goals for the year. Throughout this series, I’m going to share simple ways we can reduce waste and reduce our carbon footprint. The possibilities are endless so I have a lot of posts on deck for this too, like reusable paper towels, menstrual cups, ditching plastics, etc. But today’s post is a simple swap, it’s going from traditional shampoo to using a shampoo bar.
How To Reduce Waste: Shampoo
We are producing over 300 million tons of plastic every year, 50% of which is for single-use purposes – utilized for just a few moments, but on the planet for at least several hundred years. More than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans every year. (source) Needless to say, we need to take steps to help reduce this number! It might seem like an overwhelming task but small steps and spreading the word are important.
One thing that our family uses every single day between myself, my husband, the girls, or the dog is shampoo. One small step, among many, you can take is switching to shampoo bar from shampoo bottles. Spring & Vine has created four different bars that are vegan, non-toxic, synthetic fragrance-free, cruelty-free, 95% less plastic, and 90% less water.
Volumizing // grapefruit + rosemary
I already add rosemary to my shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in sprays because it helps support hair growth (source) so I was super excited that they have this one!
Balanced Clean // lavender + orange
Emery’s two favorite oils in one! Lavender and orange are perfect oils for relaxing and winding down at night.
Scalp Soothing // tea tree + mint
Who doesn’t love minty haircare?! I love it when my scalp feels tingly fresh. Tea tree is antimicrobial and antifungal, it also helps improve dandruff. (source)
Moisturizing // oatmeal
Zara has eczema so we always look for gentle, moisturizing bath products. This goes perfectly with her oatmeal bath soak.
They’re all made with shea butter and essential oils, they last as long as a bottle of shampoo, and are perfect for travel.
Some other things you can do to reduce your plastic waste
- don’t use plastic straws
- don’t use plastic cups or cutlery opt for reusable shopping bags
- use a bamboo toothbrush
- don’t use disposable razors
- mama’s use cloth diapers or cloth wipes
You can shop Spring & Vine at Target, wait what Target? Okay, sold.
Thanks for reading! What would you like to see next in this series?
peace and love, Torey
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