My eco switch challenge- the first switch

My eco switch challenge- the first switch

I know, I know. 3 weeks ago, I launched a highly exciting, energetic, sexy AF environmental challenge called the eco-switch challenge and then… went quiet about it. Not completely quiet, I’m hoping to include my ‘mends’ in my overall changes by the end of the year.

What’s this eco-switch challenge thingy?

You’re welcome to read my post that started my eco-switch challenge but in brief, at the start of September I set myself a goal to make 12 changes to more environmentally friendly options for things that I have and use in my life.

Before I go any further, I just want to shout out to Everyday radical who I should have credited before. She is the brain child of the ‘Saturday switch’, a weekly switch to a plastic free option each Saturday (or each Saturday when she runs out of something, no point buying for the sake of buying) and I totally got inspired by her #SaturdaySwitch. Check out her blog, she has a tonne more environmental stuff on her blog and is writing all the time :).

Drum roll for the first big switch please!

It’s been three weeks and I’m proud to say I have made my first switch! In the bathroom, I’ve switched my deodorant to a plastic free deodorant from Earth Conscious. I need to speed up my rate of change to hit 12 by the end of the year, but hopefully they’ll start rolling in now.

Plastic free deodorant

For a long time, I’ve used roll on deodorant, mostly because I find aerosols catch my throat. One was on the cusp of running out when I kicked off my eco-switch challenge, prompting me to look for a plastic free alternative.

After a quick google yielded results I wasn’t sure whether to trust, I turned to twitter.

Sure enough, the twittersphere leapt to my aid! A Black Penny went as far as to research on my behalf ❤️ Seriously, she should be on commission!

Nicola @pemlife is a fountain of knowledge on plastic free alternatives (including what not to do!), gave me some great advice on what to avoid to save me from the fate of smelling like a rotten tree. Phew- that could have been close!

Cassie @theminuteglass recommended one that she uses. Unfortunately, it’s not easily available in the UK, but if you’re reading in the US, this might be something you’re interested in. It’s a brand called routine and apparently is a cream that comes in a glass jar and can be refilled! 🙂

So, what did I choose?

In the end, I chose a plastic free deodorant stick from Earth Conscious. They had appeared in my initial google search, A Black Penny had suggested them too, and the cherry on the cake was when someone from the company spotted my tweet and suggested one of their products.

I liked the sound of the spearmint and peppermint scent, but just in case I turned out to be sensitive to any ingredients, I plumped for jasmine and rose instead.

Does it work?

I’m really trialling this deodorant at the wrong time of year because we haven’t had any hot days since it arrived. So, I haven’t been able to really put it through it’s paces but I can confirm that, so far, I don’t smell at the end of the day.

It’s pretty easy to apply, not as easy as a normal roll on, but easier than a roll on where the rolly-ball bit has dried in place and doesn’t move immediately (this ever happen to anyone else if they have more than one on the go?) Whilst I was initially unconvinced, I’m starting to really like it!

What’s the cost difference?

Ouch. I normally choose a deodorant that is on offer, and rarely pay more than £1.

These plastic free deodorants are £7 (plus I *think* it was £2.90 for delivery). So £8.90 more expensive than my usual roll on. I don’t really pay attention to how often I buy deodorant, and I don’t know how long this plastic free one will last.

But let’s assume that I buy a new roll on every other month, and my plastic free alternative will need to be replaced just as often.

My plastic option costs around £6 per year. By ordering 4 plastic free deodorants at a time, I can get postage free and keep the price to £7 per item. This would cost £42 per year, so a difference of £36.

In isolation, a difference of £36 seems pretty big, but I’m sure I easily waste that amount in a year on bits and bobs here and there.

Will I keep the switch?

That’s the big question, isn’t it? I really hope so. It is definitely my intention to keep it (or to keep an eye out for another plastic free alternative). The key will be remembering to order before this one runs out. I don’t want to order too early, as I don’t know how long they’ll last and I wouldn’t want to spend the money, only to find it had dried out by the time I came to use it.

Are you tempted to switch to a plastic free deodorant or do you have any recommendations for me to try? What’s the easiest switch to an eco friendly alternative you’ve made?

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