March! It's March! And it felt mighty Marchy out today--blustery wind and icy raindrops. But the ground is mostly bare. I think this is the first time in four years that I have seen bare ground in March and I'm pretty excited about it (much to the annoyance of all those winterophiles around here). Even though it's all brown and dead and mucky and gross, I can kind of imagine I see blades of green grass if I squint my eyes and tilt my head, just so. Try it. I haven't been able to muster crocuses and pasque flowers in the same way, but maybe with a little practice...
Anyhoo, to wrap up February's One Small Change, which, as you may recall, was to reduce/eliminate plastic use in the personal care/household cleaning department (i.e. the loo), here are the changes I have made:
1. Subscription to Seventh Generation toilet paper (individually wrapped in tissue, no plastic except the tape on the box, which, by the way, makes and excellent Trash Monster costume/prop).
2. Shampoo bar. Thanks to comments left in regard to my dissatisfaction with baking soda, I found and purchased a bar of J.R. Liggett's at the health food store Friday. I've only used it once, so the jury's still out. I'll keep you posted.
3. Spa night. Really...I've instituted a weekly Spa Night, where I revel in a bath full of hot water and bubbles, slather myself with lotions, creams and pumice scrubs in an effort to use up a back log of "product." As I finish it off, I'll replace it with homemade plastic-free substitutes (avocadoes, honey, cucumbers, tea, etc). And no, I do not want to discuss the environmental implications of all that hot water.
Still to do:
1. Find a plastic-free deodorant replacement that works for the Man About the Place.
2. Write a letter to the cotton ball/swab company encouraging them to switch to non-plastic packaging.
Once that's done, and all the old stuff is used up, I think we'll have mostly eliminated disposable plastic from the bathrooms (there will still be reusable plastic containers, and, like I said, I'm going to keep buying vinegar in plastic bottles, and then there are the bandaids, and I completely skipped over the tubbie toys when I did the inventory).
Speaking of shopping I fell off the Buy Nothing wagon pretty big last month (I was going to try and continue January's Buy Nothing change, with a few exceptions). I'll tell you more about that during the kitchen inventory.
As always, it's never too late to make One Small Change.
Spring is truly here…
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