Bathrooms are breeding grounds for single-use plastic. We’ve all been guilty of collecting an array of plastic bottles in our shower trays at some point. As we know, all this plastic is pretty detrimental to the environment. We use it, we chuck it, and it lingers in our landscape for hundreds of years. It is thought that plastic items take at least 400 years to break down, if they ever break down at all. This lingering plastic remains in waste disposal sites, in nature, and in the oceans. Estimates show that 5 trillion pieces of plastic currently litter the ocean, destroying habitats and putting animal life at risk.
Because of the multitude of ways single-use plastic accumulates in the bathroom, this is a great place to start when trying to make more eco-friendly choices. Our whole range of oral care products is designed to help you make sustainable swaps, but we’ve also got a hit list of other great bathroom essentials that are smashing the sustainable game.
Brushbox - Bamboo Toothbrushes, Eco Floss and Toothpaste Tabs
When creating Brushbox, our main priority was better oral care for the whole family. Dentists recommend switching out your toothbrush every 2-3 months in order to really protect your teeth, and we figured that most people weren’t doing this. So, we came up with the idea of a subscription service that sends you your new toothbrush to your door when you’re due an upgrade.
With that basic principle in place, we knew that these brushes NEEDED to be eco-friendly, or that’s a lot of disposable plastic being thrown away. So, we created the bamboo Brushbox brush to help our customers make better choices for their health and the environment.
Since then, we’ve added eco floss and toothpaste tabs to our range, to remove the need for plastic coated floss and plastic toothpaste tubes. Your whole oral care routine has the potential to get on the eco-friendly bandwagon.
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Who Gives A Crap - Bamboo Toilet Paper
Cutos for the great name! Who Gives A Crap is a toilet paper delivery service that helps you reduce the environmental consequences of wiping your tush! You may not have thought of switching out your loo roll when making better choices, because obviously, toilet paper is always single use. But, you do have a choice of which natural material you’re going to swipe through - and there is a more environmentally friendly choice.
Toilet paper is made from trees. 27,000 trees a day, to be exact. That’s the cost of producing toilet paper. But not all trees produce paper equally. Bamboo trees can yield 20 times more than other trees. They also reach maturity quickly. Who Gives A Crap makes toilet paper out of bamboo, giving you more bum wiping wins and reducing the required rate of deforestation.
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Lush - Hand Soap
Tip: Get yourself a soap dish and make use of all the beautiful hand and body soaps Lush has to offer. Using bar soaps is an oldie but goldie when it comes to reducing single use plastic in your bathroom. You can eliminate plastic coated body wash and hand wash with beautifully scented bars of soap. It doesn’t have to be Lush, but we love them for their indulgent scents, colours and textures.
Plus, Lush’s range is vegetarian, cruelty free and hand made. They also advocate ethical buying and naked packaging.
Our recommendations include Honey I Washed the Kids and Bohemian.
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Awake Organics - Shampoo and Conditioner
Shampoo and conditioner bottles are leading culprits in the bathroom plastic pollution. Awake Organics have created a range of products that take care of your tresses and the planet. The shampoo and conditioners come in plastic-free refills with reusable pumps. Z
Awake Organics prides itself in providing plastic-free hair care that’s 100% biodegradable and plant-based: every eco-warrior’s dream!
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Tabitha and Eve - Organic Bamboo Flannels
Makeup remover wipes are old news! They’re pretty crappy for the planet, and there’s a much better way to remove your makeup at the end of the day. We’ve seen lots of reusable cotton pads for removing makeup, but we advocate the good old fashioned flannel - because you’ll probably be able to use it in other ways and not have to buy something separate for removing your makeup.
Tabitha and Eve have produced super soft flannels made from organic bamboo, handmade in South Wales. This is a huge bonus for eco-warriors living in the UK, who can get their products without carbon heavy international shipping.
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Have you got any more eco-friendly bathroom swaps to recommend? Leave us a comment below!