Before my first Plastic Free July in 2013, I used to buy heavily-scented lotion with all sorts of nasty ingredients. In the United States, companies do not have to list individual fragrance chemicals in their products. The word "fragrance" on a label could encompass thousands of different synthetic chemicals, and many of these products contain pthalates, which can cause a host of issues. Read this article for a good overview of the issues.
So now we use coconut oil. Which is awesome. It is super moisturizing, and works better than any lotion I used before. And it comes in a glass jar.
Some things we use coconut oil for:
- Hair gel (my husband)
- Makeup remover
There are tons of other uses, too. Just google "coconut oil" and you'll see :)
If you aren't familiar with Plastic Free July, take a look at this post. Basically, it's a month-long challenge to reduce the amount of disposable plastic you use. It's a great starting point if you just want to give cutting out disposable plastic a try.
My first Plastic Free July was in 2013(!), and this month I'd like to highlight some of the things I do to reduce my plastic use, and some struggles. Many things are part of my routine at this point (buying in bulk, refusing plastic silverware, etc.), but I am not perfect, and I always find this challenge to be a good time to refocus and look at what trash I am actually producing.