Observations on bathroom & hygiene habits

Eco-behavioural change begins with observation. We need to take time to observe our behaviour before we can step through gentle changes. Let’s take a look at our bathroom & hygiene habits:

  • Toiletries: Check your toiletries. Are there double ups? Is anything out of date? What do you use daily? Is anything designed for waste?
  • Ingredients: Are the ingredients mysterious or familiar to you? What’s essential to your needs? What’s going down the drain?
  • Thanks to the animals: Read the label of your favourite products and research their ethical standards. Are there any animal products in the ingredients? Is it tested on animals?
  • Shower time: A shower timer is a healthy reality check. Assess if your water is running for more than 4 mins at a time.

Everybody is different. This set of examples are based on my own personal journey. Is there something unique to you that you’ve observed? Has there been an area that you feel resistant to change? I’d love to hear from you.

Change the world by Educating Girls & Family Planning

Imagine if every single human was treated like a valuable resource. That’s truly zero waste, right?

Educating Girls and Family Planning rank 6th & 7th in @projectdrawdown’s 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming. Corrections of inequalities was so globally significant that ‘Women’ got its own category in the book. This makes my head spin. Treating people equally could really change the world.

“Suppression and marginalisation along gender lines hurt everyone, while equity is good for all… The difference between a woman with no years of schooling and with 12 years of schooling is almost four to five children per woman…” due to a lack of access to necessary contraception, there are “74 million unintended pregnancies each year” in lower-income countries. The need persists in high-income countries too. “[In US] 45% of pregnancies are unintended.” – Paraphrased from ‘Project Drawdown’

Look after women and girls. Educate them. Give them power. They just might change the world.

Bras Without Wires product review

Support without the wire? Ya huh. Ethical underwear? Oh my yes. Here’s my honest review of @braswithoutwires Marly bra and underwear set:

❤ This bra is supportive, comfortable and flattering. The straps are discreet enough to wear with a strappy singlet. The thick band offers most of the support. I danced all night at a wedding in one of these bras and it was the most reliable coverage. No #nipplegate! The underwear is flattering without being impractical. The little bow detail is adorable. This is a local (to me) brand so I feel very lucky to have a great Aussie label proving itself in a demanding international market.

💛 It arrived in a polyester gift bag and a plastic postage satchel. The bag gave it a nice premium feel and I‘ve been assured that they are using up surplus before moving to a low waste option. On cut: I found the band wasn’t as stretchy as other bras, so I went up a size. I also need to fasten on the front and then spin it around. I have nothing truly negative to say about this product though. I’m really impressed and I intend to buy another soon.

In this podcast, we talk about behavioural change, Aussie bush, community and what I put in my vagina

Thank you A Sustainable Mind for the lovely chats. In this podcast, we talk about behavioural change, baby steps, growing up in the Aussie bush, the amazing Insta community and talking to relative strangers about what I put in my vagina. Hooray!

The kindest words from Marjorie at A Sustainable Mind:

Zoe and I have been fans of one another’s work for a while and I figured it was time to collaborate 🙂 In this episode we get to know Zoe Jazz, creator of and writer at Ain’t No Planet B, just a little bit better.

If you aren’t already familiar with her work, she is one of my faves for three big reasons:

  • She doesn’t think you are a terrible person if you eat burgers everyday, drive a Jeep or still buy all your clothes new.
  • She understands that all progress takes time and encourages incremental steps to improving your habits (we talk about this throughout the episode)
  • And she makes a point to discuss the psychology of making (eco-friendly) decisions (we also discuss this piece in the episode)

This is a woman that really gets it and I’m an even bigger fan now that I’ve been able to pick her brain.

Thanks Zoe, you rock!

Cutting up soap for easier use.

Chop chop!! I chop up all my soap blocks and store them in a jar. This keeps them fresh, is easier to apply, saves space in the shower, is simple to pack for travel; and makes it extra easy to share samples with curious friends. The only downside is when the soap is crumbly – sometimes little crumbs break away but it’s no big deal. Either way, we’ve found this to be really convenient for us.

Cut up soap for easier use
Cut up soap for easier use
Cut up soap for easier use
Cut up soap for easier use

Pull out the bristles and compost the rest.

The time has finally come to replace the old cleaning brush. It’s served us well for 8 years and is now starting to split and rot.

Ideally, the next step would be to pull out the plastic bristles and compost the wood. Has anyone tried this? It’s actually really hard to do! The next image is how much I can pull out at a time, and it requires some strain to even get that much. Maybe I should have my morning coffee before attempting this again 🙂

Pull out the bristles and compost the rest
Pull out the bristles and compost the rest

Zero waste is an ideology, not an absolute

This is a message for my friends & lovers and for anyone that feels overwhelmed instead of inspired: I am not zero waste. No one is. I have only *reduced* my waste. Zero waste is an ideology, not an absolute. I am a climate change optimist but I still forget to say “no straw”. I still get uber eats when I’m too darn exhausted to cook or think. I still shop at @colessupermarkets when I can’t keep up with the level of organisation required to go to a package free shop. I still drink beer in cans and bottles because it makes me happy. I still eat burgers and fast food because friends come before ideologies. I still sneak some free food at work that is wrapped in plastic because I’m lazy. I still haven’t transitioned to plastic-free meat and dairy because it’s really really hard. I sometimes see rubbish on the ground and begrudgingly walk by. I still waste uneaten food because I’m a tiny human and servings are often way too much for me.
It’s been easy to feel overwhelmed. I need to remind myself that even with all these zero waste fails. I’ve reduced my waste significantly. I want you to feel inspired, rather than overwhelmed. Some people choose to focus on being ethical, vegan or humanitarian and this just happens to be my area of focus.If you’d like to also focus on zero waste, my advice is this: Change 5 mins of your regular day to zero waste. Take away coffee? Brushing your teeth? Travel? Change one thing, and settle with that until it feels normal. Then change another teeny tiny thing… Better yet, tell me about these tiny changes so we can celebrate them together.

Nobody should ever feel guilty about being brought up in a world where waste is normal. It’s not our fault and we can’t be expected to change without support from the wider community. You’re doing the best you can.

Big love, from little Z.

Hair-brushing to reduce shampoo use

Thought I’d give this whole “hair brushing” thing a whirl. Apparently, if I brush my hair before a shower, I can use less shampoo and product overall. No poo? I’ll take it slow and see how we go. Sincerely, your curly, boofy, frizz-head Zoe.

Zero-waste habit techniques

Check this out! I just found a list that @_jameslake and I made in January when we decided to overhaul our kitchen groceries and take this journey to #zerowaste together as a team. Instead of diving in head first, we created several lists that allowed incremental habits to form at their own pace. We split items into different lists:

– Bulk store
– Habit changes
– Make ourselves
– Try not to buy frequently
– Good stuff to buy and freeze

Throughout this journey, I’ve adopted habit forming techniques to adjust to zero waste. It’s a similar technique to building up an exercise regime from scratch – start tiny and build on that. This technique also avoids any chance of failure, forever boosting you up as you adjust to a new way of living.
I am amazed at how far we’ve come in such a small amount of time. It’s been less than a year!! Amazing! This is truly easier than it sounds, as long as you go easy on yourself, be realistic about what you can and can’t change and take it slow.

Making the most of excess food

Yum! This Brocolli from our @ceresfairfood delivery is bigger than my head. I guess this size would have been rejected by major supermarket chains?
For excess food, I get my inspiration from @pinterest. I plan to cook this for stir-fry, ramen, pasta, soup, potato bake, etc and make broccoli pesto from the stalks.