Who Gives a Crap? No, really!

This post is to share with you some awesome progress I’ve made toward my Zero-Waste bathroom. I hope it inspires you.

A little while ago, someone on the Facebook group A Week Without Plastic shared a link to a toilet paper company called Who Gives a Crap, and as I had been looking for a way to buy loo roll without all the plastic wrapping, I clicked the link hoping for the best.

As you can see from their home page (go on, click it! do it now!), they don’t do things by halves. Their products are available in bulk, wrapped in paper and shipped in cardboard. AND the products themselves are made from recycled paper. AND they donate half their profits to charity to help provide toilets for those who don’t have access to one.  So, on this basis I purchased a box of 48 standard loo rolls and a box of 6 kitchen rolls (I know I’m trying to avoid paper towels altogether, but sometimes they’re a necessity).

The parcels took about a week to arrive and I was charged some shipping (the drawbacks of living in Jersey), but my expectations were far, far exceeded. Cost-wise, they’re a smidge more expensive than Co-Op, but it probably works out the same as name brands.

I had accepted that the quality probably wasn’t going to be as good as other recycled rolls (Co-Op’s offering, for example). Turns out, this stuff is softer than Andrex in my opinion, it’s lovely!

Also, the packaging is delightful – funny, pretty, informative and very re-useable. They suggest that you use the wrapping to wrap breakables in a move or even as wrapping paper for presents (albeit small ones).

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So, to conclude – Who Gives a Crap products are great, buy them.

In non-toilet related news, I recently returned from the UK where I came across a Lush shop. I was pleasantly surprised to find they stock a lot of Zero Waste goodies, some of which I bought from the staff recommendations:

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  1. Tooth Fairy tooth power (tooth paste replacement).
    I bought this on the recommendation of the staff in the shop and also because you can return the box to Lush for re-use. Perfect product right? Wrong. I had my suspicions about the side effects of these types of tooth power, and having checked it with my dentist he compared it to brushing your teeth with sand, and doesn’t recommend brushing with it once a week, let alone 2-3 times a day. It’s for occasional use for staining or deep-cleaning.
  2. Buffy Body Butter (scrubby shower soap)
    Smells great – fairly neutral/unisex, packaging is recyclable and leaves your skin baby-butt smooth. Love it.
  3. ‘Elbow Grease’ Moisturiser bar
    Neat idea – moisturiser without the bottle. Great so far, but a good idea to keep in the fridge in summer, as it can melt a bit!
  4. Hair conditioner bar
    I have only used this once, but I’m not a fan so far. It doesn’t lather, so it’s a bit tricky to get enough of, and seems a bit heavy for my hair. Early days though, maybe I’ll find the knack for it.
  5. Deodorant bar
    Pretty much the same stuff you get in the twisty-tubes, just without the packaging. Works so far, but I’m not sure how well it’ll hold up at the gym!

Lush deliver to Jersey and the other islands around the UK, so give it a try and smell delicious in the process.

I’m really proud of my little achievement here, and while I’m stuck with some evils (toothpaste tubes for example) – I’m nearly there!

Got feedback? Questions? Suggestions you want me to try out? Let me know 🙂

 

 

Zero Waste: What is it and why do it?

I set up this blog to document my experiment with the Zero Waste lifestyle and hopefully provide some useful tips to others in my situation. A Zero Waste lifestyle is one where you aim to generate as little rubbish as possible with the 3 R’s: ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’. It’s doing your bit for the planet, learning new skills and being a little less materialistic. At least that’s my understanding.

Basically, I have become more and more alarmed at the amount of rubbish we go through in my household, let alone the community in general. I have come across amazing people online who have managed to get their rubbish down to a jar or a carrier bag full for a whole year or more and thought ‘how hard can it be’?

The way my project differs from others is that I live on a small island (Jersey) and I live in a flat. Most of the tips I have come across online while researching this is all about composting in the garden, or bulk buying. What if you don’t have ready access to all of that? That’s where it’s going to get interesting for me.

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