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June 28, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Hairdressers are the first to know

Woman with mirror. (USPD., promo picture/

“Oh, yes, we know. things that would make your hair curl.” (USPS/

They’ve seen it all. Hairdressers maybe mum on the subject, but they do know trashy.

And many of them have had enough.

(Oh, don’t worry. You can still rant and weep over that last lost partner to them long after your friends have said “Move on or zip it.”)

It’s the trashy items they deal with on a daily basis. 

  • Empty plastic bottles of hair care products, cosmetics, lotions
  • Used foil strips used for hair coloring
  • Extra process chemicals
  • Take out food containers, straws, and abandoned water bottles from customers
  • Hair clippings. Lots and lots of hair clippings.

Beauty’s beastly side

Salons are picking up the leftovers and sending them where they belongs: to be recycled and repurposed.

Founded in 2009, Green Circle Salons offers a simple formula for beautiful green change.

Since 2001, TerraCycle, one of the fastest-growing green companies in the world that specializing in making new products out of used products, partners with Garnier hair care products. See how it works and how you can participate here.

Scoffing not concerned with those who coif? They have no tips for me.

A beastly view – of them and you – according to aquariums and zoos

“Each year, an estimated one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles die from plastics in their environment. Recent research also suggests that terrestrial species are negatively affected as more microplastics make their way into their ecosystems.” (from Plastic Free EcoChallenge)

 Oh, sigh. What can one do.

Ocean background with jellyfish and environmental quote. Screenshot: Citizens Environmental Coalition)

Plenty. Choose Beauty.

Be part of the solution. Try one tiny non-plastic choice for the 31 days of July.

Plastic Free July started in Australia, then spread to 177 countries by 2018.

Decide to make one small change like using reusable water bottles, replacing disposable razors with steel razors, carrying reusable cloth shopping bags (Come on AOC – actually be a leader and show, rather than tell, the way), and really there’s no reason to use straws of any kind (Seriously, drink out of the glass. Straws were designed for little kids that spill. If you’re worried your drink will stain your teeth, consider if you should be drinking that anyway?)

It takes about three weeks to change a habit. Stick with a new behavior for 21 days in a row, you’ll probably continue with it.

Pelican for Plastic Free EcoChallenge, 2019 (screenshot

Oh, it’s summer. Not the time for pressure. 31 days is too much?
Go all in for one: July 3, International Plastic Bag Free Day.
Risk plastic bag withdrawal. It’s fashionable to be fighting demons in rehab these days. You might end up with a best seller book about the experience…or a blog post…or a Tweet….or a hilarious story for the next time you’re in the hair salon’s chair.
You’ll be imperfectly perfect!
No split ends here. That’s a wrap (spinach, not plastic)
Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge
plastic trash floating in water (© image: copyrighted, NO permissions granted, ALL rights reserved)

You can see why I’m asking for a little trash awareness. That little wrapper, cup, plastic bottle that rolls out of the car accidentally, gets tossed out without a thought (It’s yucky, mom!) or is forgotten on the curb – The wind blows, the rain falls, the water runs into the street, then the small waterways, then the lake, then the bay, then the gulf, then the ocean. Currents bring piles like this to the little island’s bridge weekly. Ugly and stinks..and the fish, turtles, and birds dodge among it. I know it’s not on purpose, but it’s accumulating…and this is only one small nook. Just imagine where the rest of it is. (© image)



  1. Kate Crimmins / Jun 28 2019 8:32 am

    So true. There are a lot of things I don’t buy because of plastic but sometimes you get stuck. There are no current alternatives. I remember the paper straws when I was a child. They worked fine. I remember paper bags for grocery. they also worked fine. Now everything is plastic. I don’t know what the answer is but there must be one. On a related but different topic, I’m moving to a completely non-pesticide lifestyle. There are natural things you can do, you just have to do them more often. All that stuff ends up in our food and water.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 4 2019 5:23 pm

      (Swat. Oh, sorry, Mosquito got to me before the lizard got to it. Without pesticides, the circle of life in the lawn can be a little itchy as well much more varied and interesting )
      Moderation and attempting to avoid plastic when you can is all anyone needs to do.
      I find it interesting that my mom worked in a Five and Dime/drug store in high school to earn money for college. Part of her job was to Christmas wrapping and the rest of the year topackage all items for customers – they did not have paper or plastic bags, but used big sheets of brown paper and string to wrap / bundle up items. Bet there are few that know how to do a “drugstore wrap” any more. Mom taught us (always one for passing on useful skills). I can do some really fancy paper wrapping HAHA
      Thanks for tying up a comment to put on this shelf

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  2. Jay / Jun 28 2019 9:11 am

    We started carrying stainless steel straws.

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  3. pensitivity101 / Jun 28 2019 10:00 am

    I haven’t used a plastic shopping bag for years, having two bags in a bag that clip on my own bag. Paper bags used to work fine as Kate says, but we are noticing more and more of our food packaging is no longer recyclable.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 4 2019 5:07 pm

      So many products have such extensive plastic wrap or packaging – far larger than it has to be. I have to wonder if that hasn’t become “normal” with so many people thinking it’s OK to steal/shop lift items – the decline of honesty? And products want to stand out on the shelf and be seen among other competitors. Rather annoying to try and get things out of that plastic once home – it’s sharp!
      recycle people have become so picky now too it seems.
      Once you get used to carrying bags, it just seems easier and normal. Every little bit helps!
      Thanks for bagging a comment to leave


      • pensitivity101 / Jul 5 2019 3:10 am

        I know exactly what you mean about getting stuff out of the plastic wrapper. The Gammon steaks fought back this week. I cut round them only to find they were still in a vacuum! Over half of the wrapper was totally unnecessary, but I bet included in the weight price.


  4. Pix Under the Palm Fronds / Jun 28 2019 12:50 pm

    Gave up straws in 2017 when they had the campaign to save the sea turtles. We never used straws at home and ask for “water no straw please” when we eat out. I am, hanging my head, a bottled plastic water addict. I will be going to a reusable water bottles for plastic free July because of your post… hopefully forever. I already use a steel razor. We use Publix cloth bags for food shopping. Great “wake me up” post! Going to show this to ShortsSandalsNoSocks… we can do more together!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 4 2019 5:12 pm

      So many started living carefully years ago – it’s strange how many – especially the younger ones who should be really alert to this – still litter and can’t take the time to do the tiniest thing that make a difference. (Yet loudly proclaim the environment is at risk – so odd)
      You do what you can do.Turtles appreciate it. Thanks for living with care


  5. Emily Cannell- Hey From Japan / Jun 28 2019 1:40 pm

    This is so timely for me. I have been ranting and raving about one of the Offsprings addiction to bottled water. Tap water is apparently a step up from toilet water. I bought him a water bottle with a filter in it. Whatever it takes right?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 28 2019 2:52 pm

      Maybe if you tell him research is showing that micro plastic particles are being retained by his body – which can lead to health issues (possibly problems with conceiving children). Lots of articles on this recently
      Seems like the bottles with filters need to be metal. All these plastics haven’t been around long enough to have long term data on effects on humans. Better safe than sorry – and better for the environment to simple use 1 “good” personal bottle. (Besides there are environmental cost to manufacture all plastics – few consider the cost of that)
      Thanks for filling in the comment gap


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 28 2019 3:11 pm

      My dog now has her own metal refillable water bottle, so I guess it’s time for me, too. (How hard is it, I ask…we’ll find out in July)
      Maybe if you tell him WHO, researchers, even the CDC are concerned that so many micro plastic particles are being retained by people’s bodies.(lots of articles recently) Health and fertility concerns. These particles are just too new an items to have been studied long term. Better safe than sorry – and better for the environment in multiple ways as there is a cost to the environment as plastics are manufactured – few consider that.
      ( )
      Thanks for drifting along


  6. shoreacres / Jun 28 2019 2:12 pm

    I wonder how many will give up their iPads, computers, smart phones… Just an idle thought. They don’t land in the water, after all.

    I’ve never used straws, went to a refillable water bottle aeons ago, but still hang on to every plastic grocery bag. I use them for trash, for packing material, for wrapping up tools to help keep the humidity out, etc. etc. I hate trash in the water as much as anyone, and pull out whatever I can from the marinas, but I still had to laugh when I read about what happened in places where a total ban on plastic bags went into effect. The sales of small kitchen garbage bags went sky high.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 28 2019 2:39 pm

      Happen to drive by the 5 corners this afternoon? Apparently a jumbo load of plastic water bottles committed suicide as the truck turned. After a bit, some thoughtful high school kids had stopped and were picking up the crushed-by-tires bottles. Bubba in a pickup stopped to block that lane to protect them – and he was out helping pick up the mess. Wish I’d gotten a picture of the clean up so at least they could get a blog award/recognition.
      The July challenges aren’t asking people to totally give up plastics – just pick one simple thing – like straws, plastic picnic items or bottled drinks like gatorade or lemonade as well as water – to avoid and stop using…if everyone just did that, it would help. Anyone who says one little action won’t make a difference hasn’t watched beavers move into a new watery neighborhood HaHa.
      Sadly people seem far too happy to buy flimsy stuff that won’t last and continually discard into landfills. Keeps Walmart and other mass retailers happy….
      Thanks for being ahead of the trashy curve!


      • shoreacres / Jun 28 2019 2:48 pm

        Give up Gatorade? Not a chance. It’s easy advice to give, but come out and spend a week on the docks, or on a roof, or a road construction crew in August. That’s where the ideological rubber hits the road, so to speak. Funny, about the beavers, and exactly one target. I’m not opposed to the sorts of changes and challenges being offered, but so much of it is suggested in a way that makes it seem unreasonable to people trying to cope with life on a different level.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 28 2019 3:21 pm

          Many of the crews have those giant round coolers of gatorade – like the football teams. That stuff must come in powdered form somewhere. (No one ever suggested getting rid of that liquid…except maybe doctors who do’t like the sugar/sugar substitute content – that Zero version isn’t bad, but hard to find. HEB gets bought out so fast!)
          Want to see some extreme whackadoodle suggestions for your one thing to try in July, just skim through a couple of the offered “challenges”. Uh, no, bags, and straws and water bottles, I can manage, but bar deodorant (or not using any)? RC has already squashed any suggestion of homemade litter of sawdust+mulch+ baking soda.
          Glad there are some dedicated “anti-plastics” fanatics – they can take up where the rest of us say “whoa!” As you say, presentation is everything (right now I’d be happy if the schools got back to teaching young kids “do not litter and stop throwing stuff outside your car windows….”

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          • shoreacres / Jun 28 2019 3:29 pm

            I think the thing that gets me is that so much of what we did fifty years ago (hanging laundry on the line to take advantage of sunshine and wind) now is forbidden by woke HOAs. And who washes diapers any more? We never heard or or imagined a disposable diaper, and those things are filling up landfills faster than straws.

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          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 28 2019 3:43 pm

            And insistence on landscape that is water hog plants, rather than recognizing local plants and imperfect lawns are far better.
            That diaper thing – so many left in parking lots! OK For “busy world” convenience, maybe disposable for a bit, but once their little “sprinklers” slow down to once in a while wet, cloth diapers are healthier, serve as motivation for potty training, and yes, environmentally friendly. (But day cares will not accept those cloth ones…so eventually it goes back to mom or someone needs to stay home and raise the kids….women’s groups don’t like that at all…even if better emotionally/intellectually for kids…)
            As it turns out old timers were healthier the way life was lived – they didn’t;t even know they were smart and eco warriors HA!


          • shoreacres / Jun 28 2019 3:37 pm

            My, aren’t I the grumpy one today!

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          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 28 2019 3:47 pm

            Gotta be the heat. This morning early was just like a steam bath! (and we won’t mention the Saharan dust)


  7. dogear6 / Jun 30 2019 8:35 pm

    I pick up trash nearly every time I’m out walking the beagle. I’m not the only one out walking, but apparently I am the only one offended by the kids throwing out wrappers, hair bands, and all kinds of stuff. Some of it’s the adults and some is from the garbage trucks, but it’s mostly the kids especially at the bus stop. People are pretty unaware of garbage.



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 1 2019 8:24 am

      It’s really appalling to hear the ones wailing about global warming so bad the world is coming to an end ignoring the trash they drop and all the environmentally beneficial things they could do to help solve the problem. It must be all about the drama they can post on FB to show how “concerned”, how “good” they are. Pretty sick to all talk and no action and “Oh, I just raise awareness and then someone else will do the actual work”. Somewhere the training didn’t happen and there’s a real disconnect. Or just been told so often they are special that they are too special to get their hands dirty. Always cheered when some of them do stop up. Need and army of those. Thanks for adding a trashy remark

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      • dogear6 / Jul 1 2019 10:28 pm

        I think the word you were looking for was hypocritical. It’s like the movie stars bellowing to save the planet while they use their own jets to get around.

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  8. LordBeariOfBow / Jul 9 2019 12:05 am

    The supermarkets here have stopped using plastic bags now, best thing that they’ve done for quite some time; yet we have idiots complaining about it, they’re to damned mean or stupid to buy their own reusable bags, We haven’t used plastic bags for years, got our old fashioned shopping bags.

    We do have a very good recycling system here, trouble is here Australia- is just above Indonesia, who are down in the Northern hemisphere, they have the worst dumping of plastics stuff into the oceans in the world. trouble is Indonesia is made up of over 18000 islands, and the oceans and seas around are just their dumping grounds.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 9 2019 10:36 am

      And don’t forget the jumbo-sized cruise ships. Harassing and fining small sailboats for faulty thru-hull valves is just stupid – it’s like they want to find someone small instead of the big business offenders.
      I’m all for banning one use plastic bags. (And charge a hefty extra amount for paper ones – at least that’s a renewable/recycled source and will eventually breakdown in landfills.) What’s really appalling is the huge amount of fishing line tangles voyaging on the currents – hurts all life forms.
      But easier to tweet and blah, blah, blah “People need to do something…” rather than take actual actions that make a difference. Nothing will help until attitudes change and people realize even the smallest action has a reaction.
      Thanks for bagging up a comment to leave


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