Make your morning routine plastic-free with Zilch’s self-care box
Last week, we compiled five (hopefully) helpful ways to reduce the amount of plastic in your life. If you missed it, you can take a peek here and look, we don’t want to rehash all of the grim details but the sad truth is that almost every piece of plastic ever created still exists in some form today. By 2050, reports indicate that the oceans could have more plastic than fish – let that sink in for a moment. Given its widespread use in literally every facet of life, reducing your plastic consumption can feel pretty overwhelming at the start – a feeling that Rachel Sebastian knows all too well. In fact, it was this exact sense of unease that motivated her to create Zilch – an online marketplace committed to turning your daily routine into a plastic-free one.
If you had to make a mental list of your morning ritual, it would probably include things like brushing and flossing your teeth (because we are all grown-ups and should definitely do very grown-up things like floss), swiping on some deodorant and maybe even washing your hair on the odd occasion. The thing is, between those very essential self-care steps, it’s likely you’ve already used no less than four plastic items that are destined to outlive you by a few hundred years. This is where Zilch comes in. The online store is the handiwork of Sydney-sider Rachel Sebastian who has personally done the hard yards testing and sifting through BS ‘greenwashing’ claims to bring you a personalised box of zero-waste bathroom essentials. Ultimately, it takes zilch effort to make the switch but you are making a big difference in the long run.
The cost of the box varies depending on what you choose and there’s a minimum of three products per order but otherwise, it works like this – simply choose the base items you want in the box (these can include organic mint toothpaste from Love Beauty Foods, all-natural dental floss coated in vegan-friendly wax or compostable bamboo cotton buds from Brush It On). Then, you select a shampoo bar from Shampoo With A Purpose (which can also double as a face and body wash – multi-tasking, we love to see it!), an all-natural deodorant from Wanderlightly, which aims to neutralise odours rather than stopping your sweat, and finally, a small-batch soap made lovingly by Church Farm in Billinudgel. There’s a little added incentive to buy more to save more – buy three or more items and you’ll get five-percent off your purchase total, six or more and you’ll save 10-percent and 10 or more will get you a 15-percent discount. Once you’ve placed your order, the items are packed in fully compostable and recyclable packaging and delivered using carbon-neutral shipping. At present Zilch’s range is limited to the bathroom, however Rachel has grand plans to expand it to other areas of the house including the kitchen and laundry so keep your peepers peeled. Keen to get shopping? Skip over here and start making a big difference, today.
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