One couple's valiant (and sometimes fruitless) attempts at minimalism, financial independence, and raising two kids without traumatising them (or themselves) along the way.
2017: April – June
April 2017: I got myself a wooden toothbrush. It felt so weird the first few times I used it but I got used to it quite quickly. It still bothers me that the bristles are plastic. I found one with natural bristles online, but the bristles come from pigs and I haven’t been brave enough to try it yet. I’m still psyching myself up for that one.
April 2017: I started experimenting with solid shampoo. I tried one brand in Germany before we moved, then one brand here in Romania after we moved. The German one was ok but the Romanian one didn’t lather properly and my hair didn’t feel very clean after I used it. My search continued…
May 2017: I bought reusable coffee cups for myself and Mr W. They look like they’re made of plastic but they’re actually made of tree sap and are fully compostable under certain conditions. The lids are made of silicon, which isn’t biodegradable, but I couldn’t find any brands of coffee cup that were 100% compostable.
May 2017: After a lot of searching, I finally managed to find a 100% plastic-free water bottle for me and Mr W to use when we’re out and about. It’s made of stainless steel, bamboo and silicon. It’s pretty heavy when it’s full but that’s something I’m willing to put up with. Mr W tends to complain though.
May 2017: I stopped using plastic shower sponges. When I first discovered these things I thought they were fantastic! I was using so much less shower gel per shower! Now I realise they’re completely superfluous so when the one I was using got old and past it I replaced it with – nothing!
May 2017: I discovered that the little shop near our house in Romania sells toilet paper with no plastic packaging. Ok, so you’re supposed to go for nonbleached, recycled toilet paper. But there’s no information on the (paper) packaging. And I’m not about to call the manufacturer to ask.
June 2017: I switched from shower gel in plastic bottles to good old bar soap. We already had several bars in the cupboard that we’d received as presents. I’m going to attempt to make my own soap from scratch one day though. That’s pretty advanced zero wasting but I think I’ll be ready for it soon.
June 2017: I cut up several pairs of old pyjama bottoms and sewed them (badly) into produce bags. Now we use them to transport fruit and veg home from the market instead of using those little plastic bags that tear after a couple of uses. Apparently those bags are being phased out here in Romania, which is a small victory.