Quick solutions for less waste

So much can be done so quickly! I am happy to stop buying things I never really wanted or needed. The list is highly personal of course.

Bathroom:

  • I realised I don’t need shaving cream and that cotton buds (Q-tips) are actually bad for you.
  • I swapped tampons for a menstrual cup and disposable razors for a safety razor.
  • I always hated nail polish & remover so I decided to just let it go.
  • I gave up my makeup remover and cotton pads, as I just use a little bit of oil and wipe my face with a towel.
  • I use oils and soap bars instead of commercial beauty products;
  • I decided not to dye my hair again.

Kitchen:

  • Instead of tea bags, I buy tea in bulk or at least in bigger paper packaging and use a special cup.
  • Similar with salt and pepper, and I use my second-hand wooden mills.

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  • I am trying to use things like washing soda and soap instead of commercial cleaning products.
  • I stop using sponges for the dishes and use wooden brushes with a compostable head instead. They dry faster and are more hygienic.
  • I don’t use paper towels.
  • I quit plastic bags for trash, disposable utensils and food packaging for obvious reasons.
  • I don’t use aluminium foil but things like metal boxes, glass jars or linen towels to pack lunch.
  • I don’t buy candles or chewing gums because I find them unnecessary.
  • I made my own handkerchiefs out of an old piece of clothing.

Living room/office:

  • I don’t need gift wrapping paper since I use junk paper. Similar I won’t buy paper notebooks anymore since I have so much junk paper lying around that I can reuse.
  • I love the printed content but I read way too much, so I am sticking to my e-reader.
  • I will not buy disposable pencils anymore as I keep losing or breaking them. I try to use a refillable pen or graffiti pencil instead.
  • I hate unnecessary decor and do not buy it.
  • I don’t think I have any device left that needs batteries.

Bedroom/wardrobe:

  • I don’t buy cheap new clothes, shoes or jewellery. They look horrible fast and are really wasteful. I am striving for a smaller, better and mostly second-hand wardrobe.
  • I quit buying extras, like too many socks, underwear, gloves, slippers, scarfs, bathing suits and so on. I cannot wear them all! I remember buying a package of hair knobs and losing all of them but one in a week. I have had that last hair knob for years now!

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  11. Zune and iPod: Most people compare the Zune to the Touch, but after seeing how slim and surprisingly small and light it is, I consider it to be a rather unique hybrid that combines qualities of both the Touch and the Nano. It’s very colorful and lovely OLED screen is slightly smaller than the touch screen, but the player itself feels quite a bit smaller and lighter. It weighs about 2/3 as much, and is noticeably smaller in width and height, while being just a hair thicker.

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  16. The Zune concentrates on being a Portable Media Player. Not a web browser. Not a game machine. Maybe in the future it’ll do even better in those areas, but for now it’s a fantastic way to organize and listen to your music and videos, and is without peer in that regard. The iPod’s strengths are its web browsing and apps. If those sound more compelling, perhaps it is your best choice.

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