Yesterday I partook in a blatantly un-green activity. I took Grant’s sister-in-law and niece out for their birthdays for that most feminine of pampering rituals, and I participated.
I had a pedicure.
(and yes, those are my toes, and no, I don’t only have 8 of them – the little ones just didn’t make the photo.)
Never having had a pedicure before, I didn’t realize a) how lovely they can make your toes look and b) how much waste is associated with them.
Trying to abide by The Rules, we had specifically chosen to pay for this “experience” for a gift as opposed to buying clothing or other objects that would eventually end up in the landfill (and break Rule #1 – no buying material goods).
Not including the polish they used (which was most certainly not in a recyclable container) I ended up with a plastic package used to keep the sterilized equipment sterile and another plastic bag containing a set of those little foam toe separator things (you know what I’m talking about ladies). Luckily I caught on when they were doing Taylor’s toes and managed to reuse hers so they didn’t have to open a new package, but I’m still stuck with the waste in the end.
To be fair, I understand that hygiene is very important in aesthetic services, and they can’t be running around cutting everyone’s grimy toenails with the same pair of clippers. And I did appreciate that they used washable towels and bulk lotion. Still, I have a feeling there’s room for improvement.
So now I’m faced with the bin. The plastic will go with our soft plastics recycling. Is it fair that I hold off on throwing those toe separators away? After all, if I ever do yearn for silky smooth, shiny painted tootsies again, it would be best if I brought my own toe separators wouldn’t it? Should I add them to my bathroom drawer of assorted bottles, lotions, and makeup brushes, or is that cheating?
Maybe my main problem is that I’m just in denial that couldn’t make in even for a month without generating some garbage and am now sitting in third place in our household competition. I think in future, the best advice would be to deal with plain toes and get a massage instead.