Zero Waste Bathroom

Eco-friendly Alternatives to Personal Care Essentials

If you are looking to reduce your plastic footprint then the bathroom is a great place to start. Simple switches such as plastic-free toiletries, bamboo toothbrushes and reusable razors can make a surprising difference to the amount of plastic you throw away.

Our top five tips for a zero waste bathroom are a great place to start. And once you've made those changes there are plenty of other options for having a zero waste bathroom.

  • 1. Switch your toothbrush! Choose biodegradable bamboo or if you don't like the woody feel the NFCO toothbrushes made from cornstarch.
  • 2. Buy biodegradable cotton buds! A small change that is so easy to make but would have a massive impact if we all did it.
  • 3. Say no to plastic packaging! Buy bars of soap instead of shower gel, find a cleanser and moisturiser that's packaged in glass, and switch your deodorant to one that comes in a cardboard natural deodorant stick or metal tin.
  • 4. Choose to reuse! From razors to eco sanitary products there are lots of reusable bathroom choices that will significantly reduce how often you have to empty your waste bin. Reusable products will also save you money over time so they're great for your pocket as well as the planet.
  • 5. Toilet paper. Ok so the loo roll itself isn't plastic but the packaging is and it's something many people don't think of when trying to rid their bathroom of plastic. Choose paper wrapped in paper, or consider using cloth instead.

Other things you can do to really reduce the waste in your bathroom

Once you've managed the top five there are plenty of other things you can do to have a zero waste bathroom.

One easy tip is to start having a zero waste bathroom is to make sure you have a recycling bin in the bathroom so that packaging that can be recycled is. You may also want a little tub for used biodegradable cotton buds and biodegradable toothbrushes that can go in the compost, and used razor blades that could be dangerous if they end up in the recycling bin.

Be green when you clean. Cleaning products also tend to come in plastic packages. Consider switching to a natural powder bleach or use natural lemon juice and vinegar to achieve a sparkling shine.

Check for hidden plastics. You might not have thought about it but face wipes and baby wipes for that matter are made of plastic. Reusable cotton pads are much kinder to your skin and the planet. And while it might seem like a rigmarole at first it's really much easier than you think.

Likewise most sanitary products are made of plastic. Reusable pads, menstrual cups and period pants are all much, much better for the planet. And if you need a few disposables are backups for an emergency choose organic cotton varieties and steer well clear of plastic applicators.

Make conscious decisions when you replace longer-term items. You might never have thought about it but there are non-plastic alternatives to your shower curtain, toilet brush, hairbrush and sponge. Next time one of these items needs replacing, buy ethically and you will have a zero waste bathroom in no time.

To get you started on your journey we take a look at the best plastic-free toiletries here.

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