Zero waste sun protection

Are there any mates that can give me advice on zero waste sun protection? Particularly anyone with light brown to dark skin or tattoos. I am at a loss. I want a very high spf sunscreen that doesn’t come in plastic and isn’t chalky. Must be a reliable shield against Australia’s high UV rays.

Here’s a quick comparison:
Before I boycotted plastic, @invisiblezincau was my go to. It offers high protection and is non-greasy and ideal for face. It used to have ethical credentials on #shopethical but has since been marked down. Regardless of its credibility, the chalky residue looks a bit silly over tattoos and light brown skin. Even the tinted versions are very light. My winter skin is fair enough to wear this, but too dark to require it.

I’ve tried @sun.and.earth.zinc but found it offers very little protection and the colour is a strange brown-grey. It made me look dead inside. This is fine colour to match my corpse but while I’m still alive, I need something in the yellow-brown spectrum. Or ya know… just not tinted because one size does not fit all.

Many natural sunscreens don’t display spf. I like that tin packaging is on the rise but no spf makes me reluctant to buy… how can I be sure it’s going to get the job done? I gotta protect my tattoos.

Got a low impact sunscreen that works on dark/tattooed skin? Recommendations welcome. Know stuff about sun protection and nanoparticles? Teach me all the things!


Relax, embrace change and seek balance.

“Relax, embrace change and seek balance.” That’s what these tattoos mean to me. I drew them when I was 19 based on the lunar cycle and Buddhist wheel. The pretentious designer in me is conscious that they look very 2006 tattoo art – a small inky amulet 🙂 Design nerd aside, I really love being reminded of this mantra as I work, play and plan ahead. When both exposed, they trigger a desire to sit in lotus pose (cross legged meditation pose with palms up). Thankfully, teenage Zoe got a few things right.

I tend to get so excited about the future that I struggle to be present. This year, we’re planning some big lifestyle changes. As we work through decision-making, I will try to chill the fuck out, embrace the change to come and seek balance as much as possible. This mantra has helped throughout my zero waste transition too.


I need a (zero waste) ink injection

A while back, I made an observation about the amount of plastic required for tattoos. This realisation tore me apart. Both zero waste and tattoos have supported significant improvements in my mental wellbeing. What’s more confusing is that my tattoos are a celebration of the native bushland that I strive to protect.

I caught up with my tattoo artist and asked her ALL the questions. Credit to her for letting me question her profession. She talked to me about biomedical waste, sterilisation, blood borne pathogens, best practices, poor sterilisation practices, improvements in industry standards, her daily cleaning routine, buying supplies in bulk and health department checks. It was eye opening.

She also gave me some helpful tips to reduce waste when getting inked:

  1. Personally shave the area that you’ll be getting tattooed. It will save a single-purpose plastic razor.
  2. Wear clothing that doesn’t come into contact with the tattoo area. It is better for aftercare and will save excess plastic wrap and paper towel usage. I certainly won’t miss the paper cuff.
  3. Bring a towel. It will reduce the need for paper towels and other physical barriers that collect ink stains.
  4. Avoid expensive clothing. Similar to above, it will reduce the need for paper towels and protection.