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I too was loath to give up anti-perspirant, until I was persuaded to try a deodorant crystal. The crystal has been far more effective than my old plastic-encased anti-perspirant was, and it lasts forever (I've been using the same one for three years and have scarcely made a dent in it). It also comes in a little chamois bag with no additional packaging. As for shampoo, conditioner, and lotion, I buy these in bulk, re-filling my containers at our local co-op. I too use Eco-Dent floss, which comes in a card container, though the spindle is plastic. I use the wooden Environmental Toothbrushes with compostable bristles, which I have to order from Acorn in Canada, as there is no local source for them; and tooth powder purchased in bulk, although it is just as easy to make your own. MAC cosmetics take their packaging back and recycle it (not perfect, but better than the alteratives). As for haircolor, like you, I am just not ready to go grey. I color my hair about three times a year and felt very guilty about it, but there are salons that mix their own natural hair colorings - no plastic packaging involved. Henna also works well, and may be purchased in bulk, though is rather labour-intensive (I find that I have to leave it on for at least six hours). My shaver is a rechargeable electric one that I have had for almost 25 years. Cake soap and bog roll wrapped in paper (I have been unable to source unwrapped bog roll) I buy by the case - dead cheap. It helps to have a member-owned co-op nearby. My local Whole Foods and New Seasons seem as unconcerned about plastic packaging as Safeway does, so I never shop at either.
2 years, 2 months ago on Plastic-Free Progress Report: Sarah Schmiechen