You don’t have to be completely plastic free to live sustainably. As you can see in the photo below, my shower set up is not aesthetically pleasing or plastic free. It consists of mixed matched, repurposed plastic/tin jars. Why? Because using the heck out of the plastic containers you already have will always be the more sustainable option.
I finished my Dove exfoliating body wash, which took forever because I only exfoliate a few times a week. I switched to an exfoliating bar (that was handmade with up-cycled coffee grounds) as a low waste swap! The bar was shipped with minimal packaging which is great, but I had to find something to cover it in the shower. Any soap-type bar will dissolve faster in the shower from water constantly running over it. What better container to hold my exfoliator than the one that held it before? I cleaned out the plastic Dove jar and now it holds my bar!
I was lucky enough to already have one Lush tin for my shampoo bar. They’re not expensive, but it didn’t make sense to buy new when I have so many empty containers laying around. I chose to put my conditioner in an old Trader Joe’s candle tin! I’ll admit the outside looks a little rusty overtime, but it’s very easy to clean!
The last item is my Jojoba oil in a plastic bottle. Believe it or not, this is still a sustainable option! Jojoba oil can be used for a lot of things. My main uses are as a make up remover (paired with aloe Vera gel) and as an added conditioner. If you put a few drops in your hair after conditioning, it helps make your hair feel silky smooth! Just be careful not to use too much or your hair will look greasy when you get out.
Sustainability is not sexy. If you’re making swaps and throwing out all your old things just to own bamboo this and glass that, reevaluate! Do you really need that? Is the option you already have still working? Do you own something similar that could serve the same purpose? Fight the urge to buy new whenever you can and find purpose in what you already own!