Creating zero-waste products is becoming a more critical matter than ever before. Here is how you can make your bathroom greener.
Bathrooms are places where humans get clean. Unfortunately, the waste created makes the planet dirty.
Shampoo bottles, razors, toothpaste tubes, and toothbrushes are all modern bathroom essentials. Unfortunately, they are also vast sources of plastic pollution.
Luckily, there are eco-friendlier alternatives that can help transform your bathroom into a zero-waste space!
The Negative Impact of Popular Bathroom Products
According to National Geographic, a billion toothbrushes will be thrown away annually in the USA alone!
Then there are shampoo bottles, conditioner bottles, single-use razors, face wipes, floss, and so many more products that are part of our hygiene routines.
You don’t have to give up looking and feeling fresh to protect the environment. Just a few changes and substitutions can turn your bathroom green.
Shampoo & Conditioner Bars
Trade that plastic bottle of shampoo for a bar of soap!
Lush has been creating shampoo bars for decades, but other companies have jumped on the wagon.
There are so many brands of shampoo bars to pick from, and they are made for different hair types and scents.
If shampoo bars are not your thing, you can also consider buying single-use shampoo tabs.
These are slightly costlier than shampoo bars, but it is easy to use a tab every time you wash your hair. Just use some water to dissolve it in your palm for it to lather!
Another alternative is buying shampoo in aluminium bottles that can be returned to the company and refilled.
Alpine is one of the many companies that sell shampoo in aluminium bottles for a smaller carbon footprint.
Stainless Steel Razor
Stainless steel razors are not a new concept. In fact, your parents and grandparents probably used them.
The great thing about stainless steel razors is that you only need to buy one.
Razor blades are incredibly cheap, made of metal, and commonly packaged in paper. So not only does using these razors help the environment, but it also helps you save money in the long run!
Dentists recommend that you change your toothbrush every three to four months. But throwing away four toothbrushes a year is terrible for the planet!
Bamboo toothbrushes are better because they can decompose in the landfill.
Of course, you can also get toothbrushes made out of recycled plastic.
Don’t worry; these do not contain any germs from the previous users! If you use a mechanical toothbrush, you’re in luck; they make recycled toothbrush heads for those as well.
Let’s face it, most of us don’t floss as much as we should, despite what we tell our dentists. Forming healthy habits doesn’t have to harm the earth.
Not only does dissolvable floss exist, but companies such as Cocofloss also make it in a wide variety of delicious scents!
Reusable Makeup Remover Pads
Do not let your love for the planet keep you from properly cleaning your face after wearing makeup. Say no to sleeping in your makeup and to contributing to pollution.
Just get in the habit of using reusable makeup remover pads.
Toothpaste and Mouthwash Tabs
Brushing our teeth keeps us healthy and smelling fresh.
However, toothpaste tubes wreak havoc on our environment. Unfortunately, the best alternatives are pricey tabs that come in fancy glass containers.
Just add some water and enjoy minty fresh breath without turning the oceans into a wasteland.
A green bathroom can help make a huge environmental difference. You don’t have to make a massive change to your routine.
A few inexpensive and straightforward swaps can help minimise your carbon footprint.
Enjoy more guilt-free products in your bathroom and send less plastic to landfills and our oceans.
Don’t forget that you don’t have to be perfectly zero-waste to make a difference; every little change helps!
Being part of nature could be just the way to work…
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