One couple's valiant (and sometimes fruitless) attempts at minimalist living, financial independence, and raising two kids without traumatising them (or ourselves) along the way.
2017: October – December
October 2017: When we were on a trip to Germany I seized the opportunity to get a whole year’s supply of wooden toothbrushes for me and the kids. At the moment Mr W is happy with his plastic toothbrush with replacement heads. He may change his mind later on. But I wanted to get the kids used to wooden toothbrushes.
October 2017: On our trip to Germany I noticed our friend we were staying with had a really nice wooden scrubbing brush. So I went out and got a couple too. I’m not sure what the bristles are made of and I couldn’t find any information about it. It’s definitely better than using plastic washing up sponges though.
October 2017: Again in Germany (can you tell I was on a bit of a mission?) I found these mostly metal soap dispensers. They do have some plastic in them but even online I couldn’t find any that were completely plastic-free. We use one for washing up liquid and one for liquid hand soap in the kitchen.
November 2017: I switched from a plastic razor with expensive disposable blades to a metal safety razor with compostable blades. I was scared of it at first but I watched some YouTube tutorials and after the first few attempts at not cutting myself went quite well I realized there was nothing to worry about.
December 2017: I used some of the kids’ Christmas money to splash out and get them each a stainless steel snack box. We used to pack their snacks for nursery in whatever we could find, and that was often plastic. The boxes are easy to wash and incredibly robust, which is an important functional specification with kids!
December 2017: I got some little metal tins to transport my home-made cosmetics when I’m travelling. They’re not completely leak-proof but they’re good for things like deodorant. I can also thicken things like toothpaste by adding extra baking soda so it’s not so likely to turn everything else in my washbag sticky and minty.