Simple Steps to a Sustainable Bathroom
Reducing our plastic use in everyday life is more important than ever as the impact of plastic on land and sea becomes ever-more visible, and there’s no better place to start than the bathroom.
There are so many single-use plastics to be found in our bathrooms, from toothbrushes to shampoo bottles – the great news is, while our toiletries are essential, their plastic packaging isn’t.
We’ve got together a bunch of our favourite eco-friendly bathroom products that will change up your routine for the better and help you to reduce your plastic use at the same time (win-win, right?).
When it comes to shower gel, shampoo and conditioner, most people argue that packaging is unavoidable – but that’s just not true. Bar versions of soaps and conditioners are a great way to avoid plastic packaging taking up space in your bathroom. Lush make packaging-free soaps and conditioners that leave you smelling incredible without leaving plastic waste behind.
The Body Shop also package their bars of soap in paper, avoiding plastic packaging. Plus, they’re making a change to the plastic in their other products, using Community Trade recycled plastic from Bengaluru, India, to help these communities thrive and make plastic use sustainable.
And staying clean and sustainable doesn’t stop once you’ve dried off – Kutis Natural Deodorant is made from all-natural ingredients and is packaged in 100% biodegradable paperboard push-up tubes.
Kitenest’s Organic Dry Shampoo is a lifesaver for when you’re in a rush – packaged in a fully recyclable cardboard tube, the powder comes in two tones (for light and dark hair) and is 100% natural and organic. Forget harmful aerosols and spray bottles littering your bathroom.
Swapping your disposable plastic toothbrush for a bamboo one is an easy but impactful way to reduce your plastic use. Plastic toothbrushes, once thrown away, contribute to plastic build up on land and sea. Brushbox provide a subscription service that means you get a new bamboo toothbrush every other month, which is handy seeing as most of us forget how regularly we need to change our toothbrush! Brushbox toothbrushes are 100% recyclable and biodegradable, so great for your teeth and the planet.
Spending a penny on something sustainable
Toilet paper is made, obviously, from paper – but just because it’s plastic-free, it doesn’t necessarily make it eco-friendly. Who Gives A Crap produce toilet paper that’s made of bamboo, which is far more sustainable and eco-friendly than chopping down trees to make toilet paper, as bamboo grows so quickly. What’s more, they donate 50% of their profits to help build toilets for those in need, fighting sanitary problems that cause so much illness and death around the world. They run a subscription service that means you’ll never have to face that dreaded feeling of forgetting to replace your loo roll again.
Taking care of your time of the month
Disposable menstrual products are an easy go-to when it comes to periods, but there are more sustainable products to help with that time of the month. Mooncups and reusable pads from sustainable companies like Precious Stars Pads will greatly reduce the level of single-use plastic in your life (and will be kind to your purse-strings, since you won’t be repurchasing every month!)
Made up about it
Make-up packaging is one of the guiltiest culprits for contributing to plastic waste, so it’s a good thing that Glow Organic have a range of plastic-free, refillable and zero-waste make-up. You can enjoy looking and feeling great without feeling like you’ve contributed to plastic waste.
And once you’ve reached the end of the day, there’s no need for make-up wipes that take over one hundred years (yes, really) to decompose on landfill. Face Halo make reusable make up remover pads that can be washed up to two hundred times and replace up to five hundred make up wipes. Plus, once you’re done, you can send your old ones back to Face Halo and they’ll recycle them for you.
Shaving stress off your routine
Gone are the days of plastic disposable razors that are thrown away after a few uses and scratch at your skin – safety razors are the way to go. Naked Necessities make gorgeous safety razors with wooden handles. They believe in sustainability and eliminate plastic from their supply chain. Once you’ve bought a razor, you only need to buy replacement heads, meaning your razor will last you a lifetime. Plus, they make vegan-friendly shave soaps to go with your new plastic-free razor.
Keep your bathroom tiles sparkling
Your bathroom needs care, too, and Mangle & Wringer have got that covered. They produce Natural Bleach and Pure Laundry Powder that are free from plastic packaging, which work a treat when cleaning but don’t contain the same harsh chemicals that other bleaches and cleaning products do. They also sell soap which, again, is free from plastic packaging and made from all-natural products.
A kinder way to keep clean
It’s easier than you’d think to get rid of the plastic in your bathroom – and don’t forget that you can re-use and re-purpose all those bottles you’ve already got, by filling them with new soaps, instead of chucking everything on landfill!
We hope you love our product suggestions as much as we do – happy browsing!