Besides having my own little vegetable garden, there are some other changes I’ve done. First of all, I started by buying a different kind of cat litter. One that is compostable, despite me not having a compost bin. The litter is made of plant fibre and clots very well, unlike the wood fiber litter which is more commonly available. Also, it appears to be cheaper to use than the clotting clay I used to buy. Very nice surprise ofcourse.
Most of my cosmetics like soaps and shampoos were already pretty “green” as they say. For the last seven years I buy a lot of it at Lush. Handmade, looks delicious, no packaging and no chemicals. Nice little boutiques too, visiting them always feels like I’m celebrating my birthday on Christmas Eve, so lovely! But using the shampoos and soaps also feel like I’m celebrating something. And it works wonders for my hair and skin, even though I didn’t even know something was wrong with it…
One of the cosmetics I never dared to change was my tooth paste. Somehow, herbal toothpaste always sounds, well, disgusting! But apparently we have to thank one specific (and very salty) brand for that. I did want to change my tooth brushes though, so I went looking for an alternative and in that search also found a herbal toothpaste from Himalaya Herbals that wasn’t disgusting at all. Even better, it is a lot nicer to use and tastier than the common brands.
So, back to the tooth brushes. Apparently there are a couple of choices:
- common plastic tooth brush with nylon brush.
- wooden tooth brush with boar hair brush.
- bamboo toothbrush with bio-plastic brush.
- compostable tooth brush that starts to decay when in contact with micro-organisms in the earth, which has replacable heads with either boar hair or nylon brushes.
At first I wanted a wooden tooth brush, but these are very (and I mean very!) expensive, which seemed rather weird to buy. Must be a reason for that, and it probably isn’t what I want it to be. Same goes for the bamboo tooth brushes. But… I also found option 4 and although I still don’t know how these brushes can be compostable (will test this later) I do like the idea of not having to use nylon and the replacable heads also mean I have less trash. Plus, it turned out to be cheaper (on a yearly basis) than the common plastic/nylon brushes which allways hurt my gums. For those that want to try for themselves, the Monto Bianco tooth brushes are available on Amazon. But than again, what isn’t..?