How to Reduce Plastic Waste in The Bathroom

Looking to reduce your amount of plastic waste? The bathroom is a great place to start. Read my blog for some tips on how to reduce plastic waste in the bathroom.

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Plastic is becoming more and more of a problem to our planet. Luckily, people around the world are becoming more aware of these issues and doing what they can to help reduce the amount of plastic waste we create. Plastic takes a long time to decompose and can create toxic chemicals that seep into our soil and water. We are overrun with the amount of plastic currently on our planet, and it is more important than ever to start making small changes.

Somewhere I’ve started making changes is in the bathroom. The bathroom is one of the places in our homes where we create the most plastic waste, so it should be one of the places you start. Also, a lot of the switches are pretty easy, so you won’t find it difficult to make these changes. Keep reading for four plastic free alternatives for your bathroom.

4 Plastic Free Alternatives

Bars Over Bottles

When it comes to shampoo and soap, opt for the bar options. Shower gel and hand wash dispensers will always come in a plastic bottle, so switching to a bar will help you reduce your plastic waste greatly. There are many different brands of bars of soap that come in a cardboard packaging, so definitely go for something that can be recycled. 

More brands are not bringing out shampoo bars, a fantastic plastic free alternative to shampoo that typically will come in a plastic bottle. They also tend to last a lot longer than liquid shampoo as you don’t use more than necessary, so it’s a win win!

Plastic Free Shaving

Safety razors are a fantastic plastic free shaving alternative. Although you might not be familiar with this style of razor, it’s an old-school style razor that your grandfather would probably know a bit more about! They’ve made a huge comeback in recent years, one of their perks being that they are completely plastic free. Not only do they help you cut back on plastic, they will also save you a lot of money.


If you are looking to make the switch, The English Shaving Company have a fantastic range of safety razors for you to try. For women who want to use the razor for leg shaving, opt for one with a longer handle. Using a safety razor is a little different from a cartridge, but it doesn’t take long to get used to.

Menstrual Cup

Menstrual cups offer an eco-friendly alternative to pads and tampons. They are made out of plastic, however they will last you a long time and still greatly reduce the amount of plastic waste you will create from alternative products. 

Not only do sanitary pads and tampons come in plastic packaging, they also have plastic within them. These are necessary products so it’s not easy to find an alternative, but luckily we now have menstrual cups as an option. Typically made from silicone, they are inserted similarly to a tampon and collect blood over the course of 10-12 hours. They are they removed and the blood is poured away. These can be tricky to get used to and don’t work for everyone, but it is definitely worth a try.

Makeup Remover

Face wipes and plastic contained makeup remover can create a lot of plastic waste, especially considering how much you go through. Instead of using single use wipes or cotton wool pads, opt for a face cloth and a solid bar makeup remover. This reduces your plastic waste and also will help save you money! The face cloth will last you a long time, just make sure you pop it in the washing machine every so often to keep it hygienic.  

So there are just a few ways you can switch things up in the bathroom to help reduce your plastic waste! What changes will you be making? Let me know in the comments below!

Laura 🙂

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8 Key Moving Tips For First Time Home Buyers

You finally did it – you finally have your first house! This is quite a feat in terms of financial independence, as this proves you can really achieve your financial goals given the right habits and strategies. So, what’s next? What exactly do you do now, and how exactly do you conduct a successful house move? Here are some tips you can follow:

It’s all about location. Take note of your new home’s location very early on into the house move, so you can identify the locations of interest that might benefit you during your move. These include relevant government offices, recreational establishments, and places to go to in times of emergency.

  1. Identify where relevant places and infrastructure are early on in the moving process. Where’s the nearest hospital and police station? Where can you stay while waiting for movers to go to your location? Knowing these early on can help you save time during move day.
  2. Check permits you might need for a move in your new home. This is especially if you’re hiring professionals like long distance movers, as they might not be allowed to move and transport things in your new area.
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Remember your home design. While you plan, take into consideration the kind of home design you want your new house to have. This pretty much helps dictate the kind of stuff you need to move, and stuff you have to potentially buy.

  1. Remember to clarify the design motif the new house will be having, so everyone in the household is aware of the kind of things to watch out for. For instance, if you’re going for a nature-inspired design, a decorative plant that can be thrown out may be salvaged. 
  2. Try to check your belongings if you have items of the sort that fit your design tastes. If not, try to list and specify what sorts of items you still need to buy.

Make an inventory of everything you own. Regardless if you’re moving alone, with a partner, or with family, make sure you have an inventory of everything you own. This can be a physical or digital inventory that has everything you own. Having an inventory can help you keep track of what you want to move, if they’ve moved, and if they’ve been unpacked properly in your new home.

  1. In this inventory, take note of the belongings you want to be transferred, the quantities of these belongings, the make and materials, as well as relevant notes. Take note of things such as a category, the destination room, and other things you want to find out during the move. Make sure this is updated all the time.
  2. If you’re hiring long distance movers, this inventory can be very helpful especially during the initial quotation. Moving companies tend to estimate moving costs depending on what you want to bring, so this inventory can be very handy in the process.

Check your belongings. Assess your belongings in the inventory, and take note of things you want to throw away and sell. Not only can this help you save money, but it also lets you sort out things you want and not want prior to the move. This can save a lot of space on your end as well.

  1. If you’ve sorted out the items you want to throw out, consider donating them to relatives or institutions instead. This not only helps you save perfectly good pieces of furniture or accessories, but this also helps you help out others.
  2. If you plan on selling items, consider selling them in buy-and-sell groups, or even a garage sale. Try seeking out home buyers as well, as they’re very likely to be looking for good furniture at the same time they’re looking for a new home.

Buy your equipment and materials early on. Once you’ve checked the sorts of packing things you need, consider buying them immediately. This saves you time and money when going to the store, as hopefully, this step helps you avoid going there for a second time.

  1. List the kind of materials you need. Try to base this on the materials you have. If you have fragile materials, check what sort of packaging would best suit these.
  2. Buy these materials in one go as much as possible. If you have an extra budget, try buying twice as many materials, so you don’t have to go back to the store for another trip.

Involve the family. If you’re moving with a family, it can save you time and resources if you involve them in the process as well. This not only gives them a sense of responsibility and ownership over their things, but this can be a good bonding time as well.

  1. Try to have a family meeting to discuss the sort of things you have to do during the move. Clear out your schedules as much as possible, and instead of going to the mall during family time, try allocating this to packing.
  2. Teach everyone the preferred way of packing objects and belongings. This ensures everyone knows how to pack without supervision.
  3. Assign and delegate tasks across the household. Try to assign rooms to their respective owners, so they can have a sense of ownership to the room they’re staying in.

Make a schedule consistent with your routine. Just because you’re moving doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your work-life balance. While, yes, you need to allot time to pack and move stuff around, try to make sure your schedule still works with the way your life goes so far. Don’t sacrifice your job for a move, and don’t sacrifice your rest days for the move as well.

  1. Take note of “free time” during your current schedule, which includes off days, the time you spend commuting, or time you spend hanging out with friends. If possible, try to replace these with “packing hours,” so you can focus on packing stuff for your move.
  2. If you still have leaves, use them wisely. Another option to do when preparing for a move is to use your leave days – but make sure you use them properly. Try to allot a day or two (2) for packing, and make sure you focus on packing your things. Maybe you can ask your boss or supervisor for extra tasks in exchange for a paid leave, so you can have a leave that won’t compromise your salary.

Hire professionals to help. Just because you’re young doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t need help. If you’re having a bit of trouble in any step of the moving, perhaps moving companies can aid you in the moving process. They’re professionally trained and skilled in packing, transporting, and unpacking equipment, so they can guarantee the safety of your belongings.

  1. A mover in your area, or a moving company (if you’re in the US) can also help you find materials you can use to pack your belongings, especially if you want fragile things like glass furniture and accessories transported.
  2. When communicating with these companies, make sure you’re clear with the costs of their service, as well as what their service packages contain. During your negotiating process, try to ask if there are “surprise” costs like food and gasoline allowance, or if you already have these paid in your payment. 

Moving Requires A Good Plan

Just like how you’ve followed a game plan when saving up for your first house, you also have to formulate a plan in order to conduct a successful move. The tips above would hopefully be able to help you fix a schedule, arrange your inventory, and manage all the elements you need for a successful house move.

Laura 🙂

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Taking Control of Your Family’s Health

Quite often, it can feel like we have no control over our own and our family’s health, meaning every member of the family is at the mercy of germs, microbes and other airborne agents. Do you care about your health, body, mind and spirit and those of your family? It’s time to pay attention to the wellness trend.

Wellness is about living healthy and making sure you’ve got the strength to enjoy the things you love the most. For your family to achieve its health goals, you all need to make long-term commitments and practice healthy behaviours.

It’s not possible to prevent all injuries or illnesses that could happen, but you can make certain choices in order to protect your whole family’s health.

Get Enough Sleep

Getting enough sleep should be a top priority for all members of your family. Adults need, on average, seven to eight hour’s of sleep, while children need differing amounts depending on their age.

If you’re not enjoying enough sleep, it increases the risk of heart disease, obesity, cancer and depression. For your kids, it’s going to make them irritable and unable to concentrate. If family members aren’t getting enough sleep, any other healthy lifestyle choices you make will lose their effectiveness.

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Schedule Regular Check-Ups

Regular health check-ups are important for preventing disease and detecting problems early. Making sure you all have regular check-ups at the doctor are one of the simplest ways to take control of your family’s health.

The NHS offers regular health checks that are designed to look for risk factors and early signs of diseases, the most common of which are heart disease or cancer. Regular eye and dental checks should also be undertaken for all members of the family.

Protect Your Skin

Sun exposure and sunburn is linked to skin cancer, so it’s important to limit your time in the sun. You might not think it’s an issue living in the UK; after all, the sun doesn’t shine too often. Nevertheless, even on overcast days, the suns UV rays can be harmful.

Try to wear protective clothing, hats and sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Polarised sunglasses will protect your eyes from the damaging and harmful rays of the sun. Regularly check family members for signs of skin cancer and visit your GP if you’re worried about anyone in your family.

Improve the Family Lifestyle

If you want to take control of your family’s health, the best way to do it is to choose a healthy lifestyle. That means eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise. Both of these will help keep everyone’s weight, blood sugar level, blood pressure and cholesterol level within a healthy range.

Aim to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables and lean or low-fat protein sources. Limit the amount of added sugars, sodium and trans-fats. As a family, you should be getting at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days per week, plus muscle-strengthening activities twice a week.

To ensure your family’s health is protected, taking supplements, such as those offered by swanson.co.uk, is a great way to keep check of the vitamin and minerals everyone is receiving per day. Ginger & Turmeric capsules, for example, are ideal for helping muscles, joints, bones and stomach issues.

Your health and the health of everyone in your family is important. Taking control of it can mean the difference between prevention and treatment.  

Laura x

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