The bathroom can be a very tricky area when it comes to being more environmentally friendly, the plastic that every product is packaged in can seem unavoidable. However, more and more reusable and package free products are becoming available! The bathroom was the first room of the house that I tackled when starting my zero-waste journey. Here are a few simple zero-waste/eco-friendly swaps that you can make in your bathroom today!
1. Shampoo & Conditioner
Swap your traditional bottles of shampoo and conditioner for bars! There is no plastic to be thrown out when you’re done and, in my experience, they tend to last about twice as long. Theres an added bonus if you can find one that is sold naked (a.k.a without packaging). Lush has a variety of shampoo and conditioner bars, most are vegan and all are not tested on animals!
2. Body Wash
Switch to a bar of soap or make your own body wash! Buying a bar of soap comes with considerably less packaging and gross plastic than a bottle does and takes up less space in your shower. Another option is making your own, which can be a ton of fun and is totally customizable. You are in complete control of the scent and texture, find what feels best for your skin! Store it in a glass container that can be reused when it’s emptied.
3. Toothbrush & Toothpaste
A typical toothbrush is made of plastic and gets thrown out after only a few months of use. Try switching to a compostable bamboo toothbrush, one with biodegradable bristles is even better. When it comes to toothpaste, make your own! You can find a variety of recipes on Pinterest! I love coconut oil based toothpaste, but be careful about spitting this down your drain as it could solidify.
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Most deodorant and antiperspirants have chemicals that are harmful to your body, try to find a deodorant bar that is made of all natural ingredients. If you’re currently using antiperspirants consider switching to deodorant as they do not contain aluminum, your body may take a few weeks to adjust but it is well worth it. I personally buy a naked deodorant bar from Lush!
Let me know what eco-friendly or zero waste products you have switched to or what you’re going to try next!
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Disclaimer: never throw out unused products because they are not eco-friendly or package free. It is more wasteful to not use them than it is to finish up what you have left before buying new products.
“The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river” – Ross Perot