Part 2 of my Zero Waste series! Making some hygiene swaps to reduce paper waste and water pollution. Let's save the planet! Weeeee!
My previous zero waste swaps video https://youtu.be/5JsdZh9bdpc
S O C I A L:
DEPOP - https://www.depop.com/kristenleo
VLOG CHANNEL - https://www.youtube.com/KristenEtc
BLOG - http://kristenleotsakou.blogspot.com/
INSTAGRAM - http://instagram.com/KristenLeo/
Cleancult laundry detergent pods https://www.cleancult.com/
Use discount code KRISTENLEO for a 60% off discount!
Tushy bidet http://bit.ly/2v2RDck
Me Luna menstrual cup https://www.me-luna.eu/en_GB
Reusable cloth napkins instead of paper napkins
Repurposing and reusing packaging for items I pack and post from my depop shop.
Pssst you should totally check out my depop shop btw
LEARN MORE ABOUT UNETHICAL MATERIALS
Are you Greek?
- I'm half Greek half Portuguese.
Where do you live?
- In Greece
Why do you have an American accent?
- My parents grew up in the US so I was raised bilingual speaking Greek and English
What camera do you use?
- For my main videos I use the canon 5d mark ii with a 24-70mm f/2.8 sigma lens or the 40mm pancake lens. For vlogs usually my gopro hero 4 silver or the canon s120 (very bad audio, wouldn't recommend this to anyone)
Where can I find a list of ethical brands?
- Right here! http://kristenleotsakou.blogspot.gr/p/ethical-brands.html
*This is not a sponsored video
I am totally with you about the clothes, substantial amount is the operating word here. A lot of minimalist I've come across on youtube advocate on having very few clothes (and some are not even the high quality ones), not considering needing to wash them more often than needed, the water it consumes and the toll it takes on fabrics from constants rubbing together in the washer. Thanks for pointing that out!
you can already modify yourself to not have your period anymore, if you feel so inclined, there are several ways to achieve that actually. regardless of that tacky basic joke the video was quite informative, good luck on your zero waste journey
Love your vids Kristen!! I noticed you are Greek before, but now I just realized you are half Portuguese, yeyy! I'm Portuguese :)
You always give good tips, being conscious about all around us it's definitely a process <3
Love from Portugal!
I'm a little confused - the first zero waste swap you talk about in this video is laundry detergent in plastic packaging? Or is the packaging compostable? By the way, if you're using reusable pads, it's not much of a leap to cloth toilet wipes :).
Hi! First of all I wanted to thank you and tell you that you're immensely helpful! I wanted to ask you if you know Apivita, the Greek brand. It's eco-friendly, vegan, and more beautiful stuff. Today I'm going to buy a few of their products, and thought that you might know a bit more about them since you live in Greece. :) Thanks for your time and recommendations. Xx
What's weird with using a bidet??? Here in Italy it's mandatory and I can't believe people find it weird to wash their butt after they poop or use a towel afterwards... like, you'll wash that towel, and you're using it to wipe a clean butt, it won't be dirty!!!
when it comes to the cup you might have some accidents at first but nothing to be superworried about, I mean if the cup is not placed properly you will feel it, after 2 or 3 months at most ou will be a pro at put it in but if you need to have some protecion for your peace of mind you can make your own pantiliner with toilet paper and tape haha yes, you just change it everytime you go to the bathroom and you will feel good and secure
I love that you are on this journey and doing your part to be more environmentally friendly! That being said, please contemplate switching your laundry detergent once again. The pods you are using are wrapped in plastic, which will break down and lead to micro plastic particles being let into our water supplies. Please contemplate looking into using the totally plastic free & toxic free laundry detergent from Simply Co. It works so well and is even more environmentally friendly!! Cheers!
Was anyone else disturbed by her comment about females being genetically modified to not have PERIODS??? Yeah it's inconvenient, but it's human nature. We can't bear children without menstruating. I watched this video because I respect her lifestyle and I'm trying to learn more but to me that comment takes away from her credibility a bit.
I started using Dr. Watkins laundry detergent recently and it's great! Works on my stinky workout clothes and heavy towels too! I also add a couple drops of peppermint oil to the load ;) The soap comes in a cardboard box, yay! https://www.jrwatkins.com/home-care.aspx?facet=%7B656D7585-E83B-41E5-AE45-2A844CC59BE1%7D
I Love Love Love your Channel !!! Since 6 months I am only purchasing thrifted clothing and I will never go back to fast fashion but I am on a rlly low budget and I need New underwear and socks,I think thrifting is not the best idea here 😂😂
I looked up some fair brands but the stuff is just tooo expensive . Would be nice if you had some tips
Love from Germany 🌻🌻❤️❤️
Absolutely love you and your channel! (: Try buying more eco unbleached toilet paper with recycled packaging if you can't swap to cloth. Check out Lauren Singer and Bea Johnson if you haven't already. Some other easy swaps for anyone & some that can save you money in the long run: silicone cooking sheets instead of parchment paper, stainless steel/bamboo straws, tea towels/'shower cap' cloth food covers/vegan wrappa reusable replacement for plastic wrap and ziplocs (you can also make you're own out of cotton fabric & wax), a tea infuser instead of tea bags, french press, (if you already own a keurig they have reusable keurig cups), a pre-owned water flosser or metal dental pick (possibly vegan silk floss, not sure about it), a bamboo toothbrush, cotton rounds for makeup removal, etc. And as always try to make at home or buy secondhand! (:
Hi Kristen! I just discovered your channel and I love what you are doing here. You are a beautiful woman and it is incredible that you make these great statements and rise important issues spreading awareness instead of doing another cliche beauty channel. Keep it up, girl! Greetings from Russia!
p.s. (been to Greece, loved it!)
Hey, don't sweat it, but Meluna tests their silicone on animals. In the furture, cruelty free menstrual cups include the ruby cup, the diva cup, the juju cup, the lunette cup, the femmecup, the mooncup, and the organicup!
Also, I highly reccomend cloth pads! Some of my favorite Etsy makers are HomeSewnDelights, Lingonvecka cloth pads, county cloth creations, and mimi's dreams, and yurtcraft. Novel Red has their own site, and although they're a bit pricier, the quality is definitely there.
I know it was sponsored but you should try to make your own laundry soap, its super simple with just a couple ingredients that you can buy in bulk that lasts for a long time, but it might not be so natural, just a thought :) loved the video
Hey Kristen, you should try soap nuts as laundry detergent! I have never tried them myself but that's what most "zero wasters" use to wash their clothes! They're completely natural, compostable, etc. check them out :)
Soap nuts come from India, and people there have been using them for generations. The issue is that there's now a higher demand for them in western countries, so people in India can't afford them anymore and resort to using harmful detergents instead. When they wash their clothes in rivers and natural bodies of water, the chemicals from these detergents enter the ecosystem directly and cause a lot of harm :(
Rachel Yes they're brilliant. Apparently horse chestnuts can be used too. (There are tutorials on this). I use only cold water and turn off the machine before the rinse cycle (and skip to spin) so that I use half the amount of water.
Butt... (hehe) don't you dry your underparts with a towel when you get out of the shower? Wouldn't that be the same?
Also, NOT ordering stuff online is even better than stuff being shipped in eco friendly packaging. Of course, sometimes it cant ve avoided but I honestly rather go to the store and pay more than order stuff on Amazon.
Kristen Leo that's true and it's what I meant by "can't be avoided" :) what's your opinion on vegetable saving boxes? In Germany there is this new start up company that "saves" vegetables that aren't sold in shops because they are a bit wonky etc. You can order a box full of stuff and it's delivered to your house. So far, I don't do it because they and the cooperating farms are situated in the south while I live in the west. I'm skeptical whether I would be doing any good by ordering things from 700km away instead of buying my veggies on the farmers market.
+Marie Bach I don't live in an area where I have access to natural and vegan cleaning products, makeup etc. and whatever options exist are largely imported and I know a looot of other people watching my videos are in the same situation, so ordering online I think is better than supporting toxic or unethical brands 😉
I also changed detergent in home and cleaning products for some nature friendly products and my daughter is coughing less , I guess those allergies were from chemicals they were giving her a cough. Also I like your washing strategy , I also use it I gather alot of clothes and then wash them. I use vinegar mixed with water for floors and soda for sinks n bath tub it really cleans n does not leave ugly smelly chemical behind.
Ahaha sometimes I feel guilty for not being a minimalist when it comes to fashion but I also justify having a lot of clothes by thinking I'm #environmentallyfriendly by only doing laundry in giant loads and being able to do it bc I have enough clothes to last a while without laundry 😂😂
So this is just "zero waste" products you got sponsored to promote? Say upfront its sponsored if you're getting a kickback. In some countries you have to legally declare it.
If you're in a large city then water from your washing machine or toilet goes to municipal water treatment before anything ends up in the environment. Engineers and scientists, together with planners ensure that the water that exits your house doesn't harm the environment. So long as you aren't on a septic system or depositing directly to the environment, you waste water is not harming the environment.
Hi Kirsten. I didn't realise you lived in a small town. Apologies. I still do feel that getting things for free is sponsorship. They are providing products to you in exchange for promotion and the links in your description. I appreciate that they are products you believe in, but i still feel it should be said upfront. It doesn't feel nice to get halfway through a video and realise is a kind of advertisement. I really like your channel content though, just a bit more transparency would enhance the viewer experience even more.
+Meg Harte I received some of these products for free but this isn't a sponsored video. When any of my videos are sponsored I always say it in the video and description box. Every product that I promote on my channel (sponsored or not) is because I genuinely support the brand and the product. 💖 But the only way for youtubers to make a living is either through sponsorships or crowdfunding like patreon. I don't feel comfortable taking money from my audience or making videos for a select few so I work hard to be able to collaborate with conscious brands with ethics I align with. Without sponsorships my videos would not be possible. 😉
Also I do not live in a large city and there is no municipal water treatment in my area and same applies for almost every city other than Athens here in Greece unfortunately. So keeping water clean is very important here.
Πολύ ωραίο βίντεο, σε παρακολουθώ από καιρό και έχουν πολύ ενδιαφέρον τα βίντεο σου. Θα ήθελα να σε ρωτήσω, σχετικά με το depop, με τι τρόπο στέλνεις τις παραγγελίες που σου κάνουν; Ξεκίνησα πρόσφατα να το χρησιμοποιώ και δεν ξέρω τι τιμές μεταφορικών να βάλω σε ο,τι πουλάω. Σε ευχαριστώ πολύ προκαταβολικά :)
Question: is the plastic packaging that the laundry detergent comes in recyclable? It looks like material that wouldn't recycle. Just wondering is all. I live in England and recently discovered Ecover and the great thing is that I also found a local whole food shop which I can refill the bottles and it's cheaper to do that as well, win win. Also love the tushy thing, I was in A small village in Nepal for 2 months and never used loo paper and just a bucket of water and jug, you just get used to it!
Love you video btw :)
I don't think I could use a menstrual cup............... I just don't want any blood or nasty shit in my sink. That's where my clean hands and my mouth cleaning stuff goes. And once in a while, everyone drops their toothbrush in there. I don't want to ever drop my toothbrush and then know "now there's PERIOD BLOOD GERMS ON THIS". Maybe that's just me, I'm kind of a germaphobe.
Hey!! I love your channel!
Anyways, I just wanted to let you know about @eco_dreams on Instagram! I've been following them for awhile, and they are an eco-friendly and zero-waste company that specializes in reusable period products. I really think you should check them out!
So yeah, I just wanted to let you know! 🤗
As a 0 waste beginner, the first thing I did was get reusable straws for this big 30 oz cup I have. I carry it around with me or bring the straws when I go out to eat so I'm not wasting a random straw or constantly throwing cups away. Also, I get my facial moisturiser in these small tubs, and when I finish the product I clean the tub and put coconut oil mixed with shea butter in it for my haircare, because my jar of coconut oil is running low and my gross man hands don't fit in the jar.
Being a coastal resident straws were one of the first things to go for me...I see them in the water and at the beach all the time...super not cool for our manatees, porpoise or whales. If you want to see a great doc on how our waste is actually showing up in our environment almost unnoticeably "Inside the Garbage of the World" explains very well without great bias.
Hey Kristen, you really inspired me to shop at thrift stores instead of fast fashion stores! It's so much more fun and makes me feel really good. Also in general your channel is really inspiring. I followed you for videos on veganism, but I love the path you have taken.
I have been watching your channel for a long time and I'm still in love with your videos and passion for everything you believe in. I too have long, thick, wavy/curly hair and was hoping for updates on your hair care and maybe more tutorials? Thanks !
I switched to a plant based diet this month and I feel SO good. My skin is pretty clear (I do have some spots because I'm 14 so my hormones are acting crazy) and I have so much more energy. You inspire me a lot ❤️ Could you do a video on vegan snacks and vegan food that would be easy to bring to school? Love from Finland 🇫🇮 ❤️
I have been using my mooncup for over half a year now and I like it, I'm glad I reduced the amount of trash that I make with this, and I'm saving money. There are even no leaks anymore, after a few in the begining when I was still learning to use it. Every woman should switch to this :)
I'm genuinely confused and curious.... What about deforestation vs wasting clean water? Using tp isn't great for the environment, but isn't it a waste of water for it to be used in a bidet?
Trying to reduce waste can be so confusing.
Lol that bidet though! Props for trying that out--still haven't gotten that far, even though Tushy makes it seem cool. If you're still wiping, an easy ZW-ish swap is to use TP wrapped in recyclable/compostable paper :)
I love my Meluna cup! I hope you like yours. I wear pantyliners everyday I got them from an Etsy shop called CarolinesCreations they've lasted me years, I believe they do ship internationally as well (:
I had accidentally stumbled upon your video and wanted to say congratulations....good sensible living lessons presented in an captivating and thoughtful manner. This is a great next step and there are many more aspects of ones daily routines that could be returned to clean honest living such as our dish soap, bathing oils and shampoos that not only effect our bodies yet our environment as you have wonderfully explained. Please continue to search out products and share as you are a natural at embracing an audience's attention. I am confident you will keep making an impact by changing the world for the better one little change at a time that's all we as a human could ever hope for. Thank you...you are appreciated
Check out the YT channel My Green Closet, she's a eco friendly fashion designer who talks a lot of about ethical fashion. She's Canadian but currently lives in Germany I believe. She has master directory to find ethical fashion brand. http://verenaerin.ca/brand-directory/
I tried zero waste and plastic free for July and it was pretty difficult. I made a series of videos about it as well. Love that you're taking the steps to zero waste :D
ALSO, can't believe you switched to a bidet... I just feel like I can't do it haha
a couple of things:
a.) your hair is just BEYOND INCREDIBLE!! you have the definition of mermaid hair. oh my goodness. you're so beautiful!!
b.) your videos are so aesthetically pleasing. the effort and time you put into your vids really shows!! they're so nice to watch!
c.) thank you for providing so much rad info on eco living!! you rock!!
Adding on, if you have a Keurig, get normal coffee with a small reusable K cup (at Bed Bath & Beyond I think). They're plastic but it's a one-time buy and no more paper filters if you prefer bagged coffee! And some brands that make K-cup coffee have recyclable pods
Why does laundry detergent has to be gluten free?? xD however, gave it a like ^^
But one question: how can a BD be more ecofriendly than e.g. recycled toilet paper? I know the whole recycling process is very energy-intensive but if your toilet isn't running with rain water you are wasting so much tap water.... or is it still more efficient compared to the water used during toilet paper production? (to lazy to calulate ^^)
Denise Fellmeth the problem is mainly in the cleaning of the water. Toilet paper dissolves very finely into the water and it's the same water that you drink from the tap so it has to be very clear. I once did an internship at my local provider of water etc and there I learned that cleaning the water of toiletpaper is just as difficult as getting out the particles of excrements.
Okay I did a little reasearch on the celiac diseases... their really is a rare form of dermatitis that is caused by gluten
If anyone's as curios as me ^^ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4360499/
I love how these websites do not back up their claims with direct references to the originl sources where they take their data from :( not sure how to feel about this.
Also I always heard that celiac disease is shows its symptoms only by consumption of gluten containing foods. Never heard about symptoms caused by dermal exposure...
Oh and for the gluten free question I think people with celiac disease and extreme sensitivity or allergy to gluten always need to check before purchasing a product if it's gf or not, having it on the label saves them from the hassle of having to contact the brand and ask.
the Tushy website has all the info on that ;)
Also this article has some helpful numbers on how much water is saved from using a BD instead of toilet paper https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/earth-talks-bidets/
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