EcoYogini finally figures out how to travel sans body wash...
(the view from the last hotel I stayed at in Clare- you can see the low tide. At high tide the water completely covers the shore)
Although staying in hotels can be fun, I've realized over the past two years that being a Greenie means my eco-stuff can get bulky. Klean Kanteen coffee mug, loose tea and travel tea mug, all my glass containers for my honey face wash, lavender oatmeal face scrub and cocoa butter lotion. For a while I was even bringing my shampoo in small glass "cheese" jars... until one broke :S
One travel necessity that I hadn't worked out until this most recent trip: my soap bar. A few years ago my husband and I made the switch to only using bar soap, which resulted in kicking my body wash addiction. We found a fabulous solution to make our soap bars last an extremely long time in the shower (mason jars and rocks!) but I still hadn't figured out a good way to transport my soap when I travel. I don't want to buy a plastic carrier (ugh more plastic, and buying something just for travelling seems wasteful).
Hotels create a truly phenomenal amount of waste. Just those bars of soap you open up to wash your hands have to be thrown out between guests (according to Grist more than 2.5 million bars of soap a day get thrown out in the USA- although that post is also cool as Hilton is recycling their soap!).
If I decide not to use their body wash packaged in plastic, it will reduce the amount that needs to be thrown out. (Honestly, who uses hotel stuff anymore? They should keep it at the front desk so if people need it they can ask...).
For my soap I've tried the following ridiculous travel measures:
- A weird candy tin that my friend had gifted me. It was the perfect soap size, except washing out that cheap metal tin afterwards was awkward (and it has never recovered).
- An old Lush soap bag. Although it worked very well for about one night, the paper started to shred before I even got it home.
- Paper Towel (we got from my parents cottage as we don't have any in our house) or toilet paper. This was a sad moment in my soap carrying- why did I even think it could work? The paper stuck to the soap for days.
The Solution: A Cloth Bag:This week I tried a cloth bag. I had to stay at two different hotels this week (and my parents house) so it was really put to the test. I was gifted some soap nuts (that I've never used) and they came in this pretty cloth bag that is the perfect size. Surprisingly, although the cloth gets a little damp, it dries out wonderfully in my suitcase and the soap easily comes out for the next use! It isn't bulky, doesn't weigh a lot and will be extremely easy to wash.
One less excuse to use body wash wrapped in plastic :)