Updated: Dec 7, 2020
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in paid partnership with Tek.
Let’s Talk about Plastic
Starting your journey to zero waste and plastic free living can be rather daunting. Once you start to take a look around your home and your life through this new lens, you may start to see trash and plastic EVERYWHERE! Suddenly you notice that everything you use in your bathroom is MADE OF PLASTIC. How did that happen? How did we not even notice?
I didn’t notice. It never really occurred to me that most things I used on a daily basis were all plastic. My hairbrush. My toothbrush. My floss. My toothpaste. All of my makeup was, at one time, all contained in plastic. My cleaning supplies were plastic, the sponge, cloth and scrubbers were all plastic. And if something in my bathroom wasn’t plastic (like toilet paper), it came wrapped in plastic.
Seriously. ALL THE PLASTIC!
Let’s be clear here. I don’t think all plastic is bad. It’s incredibly useful and durable (to its benefit, but also its downfall) for many important products that we need and use. The problem is that it has been prolific, and facilitates our disposable, single-use and convenience-based lifestyle. We are drowning in plastic.
If you’re interested in learning more about plastic, what it’s made from, what the chemicals are and how they interact with things we consume (like food), I highly recommend reading some awesome books about plastic such as: Plastic Free by Beth Terry (she goes into painstaking detail about plastic; everything you could ever want to know and more), and Life Without Plastic by Chantal Plamondon and Jay Sinha.
The great thing is, there’s almost always a plastic-free alternative for everything we use! Granted, plastic options tend to be cheaper, but with cheaper products come cheaper quality. You may end up buying more of the same product, made of plastic, over time in order to replace it when it breaks. Buying quality with the higher price tag upfront however, is a better long-term solution to our disposable lifestyle habits.
Quality over Quantity
It’s less expensive over the long-term to buy less but better. When we buy quality items, we tend to look after them more, and they tend to last longer. Reduce is one of the 6 Rs, and so is Repair. Buying less, and buying higher quality, and then looking after those items once they are in our hands, helps to facilitate a low waste lifestyle.
Less, but better
Consumption is inevitable, but how we consume is important. Having the quality over quantity mantra is better for the environment (we use less resources) and better for your wallet (we’ll spend less money in the long run).
Plastic Free Bathroom
I don’t suggest finding all of the plastic stuff in your bathroom (or your home in general) and throwing it out, and then going out to buy the non-plastic versions of it all. That is wasteful. However, as you start to replace things in your bathroom over time, you can find plastic-free or nearly plastic-free versions of almost everything you use:
The list goes on!
If you’re looking for a high quality, plastic-free hairbrush or comb, Tek has you covered. Wood brushes and combs are a great natural alternative to their common plastic counterparts. Tek brushes and combs are handmade in Italy to ensure high quality and attention to detail in every brush and comb they make. Tek is keen about sustainability, and makes sure that their wood is 100% Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, and they use only natural colorants.
Yes, Tek brushes and combs are “hand made in Italy”!
What’s truly hand made anymore? Most of our stuff is produced overseas in anonymous factories, made of cheap quality, toxic materials, and then shipped off for… our enjoyment? Yikes. We’ve really lost sight of the process. I won’t even dive into the issue of labour standards (we can’t ignore that topic, but it’s definitely for another post).
Tek brushes and combs are hand made in Italy with quality and care with all natural materials. That, in my books, is worth paying for.
Choose Wood: Ditch the Plastic and Go All Natural
Tek has a wood brush or comb for everyone. Every size, big and small, and they make a head massager too! Scalp massage helps to stimulate hair growth and blood circulation around the scalp. Heck yes!
Also worth noting: Tek was the first in the word to create a ceramic brush. Their Ceramik brushes work to distribute heat evenly throughout the hair by avoiding thermal shock because of its anti-static properties. Perfect for your stylish hairdo!