How to create a Zero Waste Bathroom
When people turn to the zero waste lifestyle, they often give most of their attention to the kitchen. Given how much packaging is used each week in the kitchen, this is completely understandable. However, you may want to take time to consider shifting some of that focus on creating a zero waste bathroom as well.
Creating a Zero Waste Bathroom
The more you think about it, the more you will realise how much plastic is used in your bathroom. From shampoo bottles to cotton buds, there are so many everyday items that you can easily swap with zero waste alternatives. Here are just a few swaps you can make to reduce your bathroom plastics.
Shampoo and Conditioner
There are many new products coming out that are making it even easier to reduce the packaging for hair care. The most common trend that is making its way around the UK is shampoo bars and conditioners. These look just like your regular soap bars but are, in fact, for your hair. Most of them are sold in paper packaging, but you can find some shops that allow you to bring your own reusable packaging such as bags or tins.
If you think you’re not meant for the shampoo bar life, there are alternatives. You could consider no-poo hair washing (apple cider vinegar, baking soda, etc) or you could simply buy bulk sized bottles to reduce the amount of plastic you use. Some shops, if you can find one local to you, have top-up shops, where you can fill your own bottles with shampoo and conditioner from their large batches.
Bamboo toothbrushes are becoming more and more popular each day. They are the most eco-efficient toothbrush available as they are almost completely biodegradable. The only thing that would stop them from being biodegradable is the plastic bristles on the vegan brushes. You can get some that are completely biodegradable, but these are made from pig hair.
When it comes to toothpaste, you have a wonderful range of options. There is plenty of plastic-free natural toothpaste available, such as Georganics. You can also find solid toothpaste blocks, dental tablets and tooth soap sticks. These are all very different from one another, so it’s all about what works for you!
You can find tinned, natural moisturiser almost anywhere online, as well as in a few high street shops. You can also find solid cocoa butter bars if you want to go completely package-free! This is probably one of the easiest, yet less thought of zero waste bathroom items out there.
Soap bars are everywhere, but many still come wrapped in plastic packaging. Like shampoo and conditioner bars, however, you can find shops that will sell them in either paper packaging or allow you to bring your own reusable alternatives.
You would be surprised to discover how many zero waste deodorant options are available! There are solid deodorant blocks, paper sticks, rock salt, or even jars of homemade deodorants are wonderful choices. Living Naturally is a wonderful organic deodorant that nourishes your skin while leaving you smelling fresh all day.
Cotton Pads and Cotton Buds
You may think you need to completely ditch the cotton buds, but that’s not the case! Well, not anymore at least. You can now find biodegradable cotton buds anywhere online, meaning you can wave goodbye to those nasty, single-use plastics that are filling our oceans.
Wave goodbye to makeup wipes! There is an endless list of alternatives out there, but it’s all about finding what you think is best for your skin. You can purchase reusable cotton face wipes, make your own, or simply use an old-fashioned flannel.
Believe it or not, but reusable metal safety razors have been around longer than their disposable versions! The razor blades are also completely recyclable, meaning you don’t need to feel so guilty about throwing them away. Just make sure you put them in the right recycling bin when you’re done.
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There you have it! These are only seven changes you can make to help start your zero waste bathroom, but there are so many more changes you can make. Have a look at the items in your bathroom and as yourself “is there a zero waste alternative to this?” You will be surprised to discover how many changes you could be making.
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