Sunday, January 30, 2005

Living Simply: Bodycare


I've written before about my concern regarding our use of fossil fuels. It is a subject that I've been thinking about over the past 15 years and it weighs on my mind more with each passing year. Recently it occurred to me that I might start writing a bit about how I try to limit my use of fossil fuels and related resources. I think this will take the form of a short tip-like post once a week. Feel free to add any ideas you've implemented in your own life.


So, without further delay, tip number one. Bodycare schtuff. This is an easy one for me: Dr. Bronner's bar soap. It comes in various flavors and it is wrapped in paper. I've been using this for years and it seems to work fine. I don't use anything else on my hair or body. So, if you look in my bathroom all you'll see is bar soap, deodorant, toothpaste, and every now and then a razor. I tend to have a beard so the razor lasts forever. When I do shave I use the same bar of soap to soften my beard.


The benefits of such a simple bathroom supply are many. Ecologically, a bar of soap wrapped in paper requires far fewer resources in manufacture and transport than a typical plastic bottle of shampoo. Imagine the millions of plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner, gel, spray manufactured and consumed each year. That's alot of plastic. Not only do we have to account for the manufacture and transport but also the disposal. Also worth mentioning though less important to me would be the the financial savings. I'd estimate that I save at least $10 each year, possibly more.


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