Rachael Brady

February 13, 2018

Tips for a Sustainable Lifestyle

I came across The Golden Standard on Instagram recently and was inspired by her post on how to Live Like a Bee. I did a blog post a while back about my tips for conserving water and energy, and I wanted this post to be similar, but instead, I’m going to talk about some products that I currently have or have been wanting that help to provide sustainability to my lifestyle.

Pour Over Coffee

I bought this one on Amazon for only $30.00 for my husband’s birthday. I personally don’t drink coffee (too much caffeine for me), but I primarily bought this so my husband didn’t have to keep buying filters and throwing them away. He tried the reuseable coffee filter on our standard machine but it just didn’t work as well as the pour-over. There is a stainless steel filter that is easily washed for continuous use. It’s so simple and easy to use and makes quick coffee without having to wastewater and time for drip coffee.

Bonus Tip: I use all the spent coffee grounds for compost.

I’ll do a blog post on my compositing tips for urban apartment dwellers soon!

I also plan on making some DIY body scrub, so look for that recipe in the upcoming future!

Reuseable Facial Pads

I haven’t bought these yet but they’re on my Amazon wish list. These facial pads are easy to wash, as they come with a mesh bag that you can easily throw in your laundry. They come in a pack of 16 which is almost two a day for a week or will last you daily for two weeks. I didn’t know something like this existed until I searched for it. I was getting frustrated having to throw away spent facial pads. It was important for me to find a sustainable solution to my daily face routine.

I make my own makeup remover and I’ll share that recipe in another post.

Menstrual Cup

This applies to females only, but… how many of you get upset at the cost of tampons, and even more upset that they’re constantly thrown away as ‘money down the drain’ and I mean that in the most literal sense. I thought about buying a Diva Cup, but I heard the LENA was better. It’s easy to use (according to the box), but I’m waiting for my next menstrual cycle to try it out (I can give more feedback then if you’re interested)! Tampons need to be changed regularly and you are at risk for toxic shock syndrome if left in for too long. With a menstrual cup, you can leave it in for over 12 hours with no side effects or risks.

Washable Menstrual Pads

I’m like 99.9% sure my readers are women, so if you’re a guy reading this, I’m sorry. These Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pads are made for any type of period on any day. I don’t like using pads, but I wear them on the occasion that I may have leaks. I love the idea of washing these to reuse. It’s a one time cost that will literally last a lifetime. They come in a pack of five, so if you’re looking to use these in lieu of tampons (or a menstrual cup), then you would need to buy more. There are a lot of suppliers out there, which means there is a lot of fun fabrics and styles to choose from.

Shampoo and Conditioner Bars

Ethique Eco-Friendly Solid Shampoo Bar is a good alternative to buying your shampoo in a plastic bottle then throwing it away. Ehtique also makes an Eco-Friendly Conditioner Bar. I never knew about these until I came across The Golden Standard’s Blog. I thought this idea was fantastic and as I recently ran out of shampoo and conditioner, I immediately had to purchase these on Amazon.

Eco-Friendly Toothbrush

I know, I know, you’re wondering what the hell is an eco-friendly toothbrush? Well, you probably don’t think about it, but plastic just gets thrown away and ends up in a landfill, and more often than not, also our oceans. I purchased a pack of Bamboo Toothbrushes that are recyclable! They last longer than the plastic ones. The bristles haven’t been damaged yet. I know you’re supposed to replace your toothbrush every so often, but I’ve been using these for months now without incident. Well worth the money and the environment.

If you have any tips/tricks for DIY, self-sufficiency, and sustainability, comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts.