I have a bunch of these for camping and felt really bad about tossing them and buying new. They just feel like they need to be refilled.
I just watched a youtube video and now consider ordering the adapter. So excited to try this.
Feeling a bit of a zero waste fatigue. It feels like a real privilege to do the right thing very often. From spending time to research options, going to different stores, filling own containers, often not knowing how much it will cost, that is a huge barrier to make this movement more accessible for all. We definitely spend about 20-30% more trying to do zero waste. Refilling a shampoo or detergent and paying 3-10x what it originally cost just doesn't feel that great - and I only did it once. There are just a few bulk items that seem to be consistently cheaper as the packaged, like oatmeal, flour, legumes, spices.
Trying to avoid the convenient cooking spray we usually bought, we bought a refillable glass spray we fill with our oil we refill from bulk at PCC.
REfilled Shampoo and Body Wash
Brought both empty containers to PCC for a refill. I am a bit sensitive to intense scents, so I went with their baby wash. I smells very mild and calming. The shampoo works great, was just a bit hard to pump from their bulk container. I tried to do a pint each to try it out. So far I like it.
I refilled the body wash once before with a Grapefruit body wash from Basic but paid over $20. I have a $10 price sensitivity for a body wash. The Grapefruit one smelled really nice and made me happy, but the price tag just felt very steep.
My Bulk Buying system
I'm bringing a bunch of fabric bags and some mason jars to bulk sections. Oatmeal paper tube gets filled up again with oatmeal. They all have their tar weight written on with sharpie. I fill them and at the cash register I tell them the code when they pick up the item. I keep one sheet, usually a paper bag, with all the codes, so it goes fairly quickly.
If red meat...
Feeling lucky our friend told us about a good source for some occasional beef cravings. We got ground and steaks for special occasions from Lightning RR Ranch 2019 Angus Beef.
Pastured Grass Fed in Methow Valley , 100% grass, no antibiotics, no grain, no hormones. USDA Processed. Beef available by individual cut, family/variety packs, or quarter/half.
New Years resolutions
We will track how often the kids empty our 5 gallon trash bins.
We will also go vegetarian every other month, so February, April, June, and see how that feels. Going all meatless felt great, but we definitely ate more carbs, which isn't a good diet for us. I do have some anti-histamine allergies and can't eat legumes, nightshades and soy - quinoa seems to be one source for protein, but we pretty much reduced what we buy to chicken, turkey, salmon and shrimp on the months we do eat meat.
We are also looking for a plug in hybrid to replace our old loyal minivan. We don't want to buy anything new and phev are not often to be found used yet, so we will need to wait for the right opportunity.
Challenge of family of 4 living the WWMFD ('What would Michael Foster do?') way. Inspired by our friend, the Climate Warrior Michael, we are doing our part to reduce our carbon footprint at least 10 % each year by going plastic free, travel less, being a more mindful consumer.