The bathroom may be the smallest room in the house but man oh man can it be wasteful! Bathroom products have been designed to be convenient and disposable and are often packaged in wasteful plastic packaging. And marketers would have us believe that we need these products to stay beautiful, hygienic and happy. In reality, there are reusable or compostable alternatives to all of these products that can help you transition to a zero waste bathroom.
But don't worry! We understand how hard it can be in the beginning! While the journey towards zero waste is a continuous one, these alternatives to wasteful items will make it a little easier. We have 5 easy swaps anyone can do in the bathroom to get you started!
1. SWAP YOUR TOOTHBRUSH
There are over 7 billion people in the world, most of which brush their teeth with a typical plastic toothbrush. Imagine what happens to all these toothbrushes (and people go through several toothbrushes a year)! An insane amount of waste ends up in our oceans and landfills. Make the switch to bamboo or any sustainable option.
2. SWAP YOUR BODYWASH
Swap out your body wash for bar of soap. This is arguably the easiest zero waste swap you can make, as bars of soap are readily available at all mainstream supermarkets so you don't need to make a special trip to find them. Often they come wrapped in paper or package free!
3. SWAP YOUR COTTON BUDS/COTTON ROUNDS
The volume of cotton we are tossing into the garbage every day is not necessary. Look for compostable buds or reusable cotton rounds! Or try a reusable stainless steel pick for your ears, if you're game! Not only do they help reduce the amount of waste you produce, but they’ll save you money in the long run from no longer repurchasing packs and packs of cotton rounds each year.
4. SWAP YOUR LOOFA
Instead of using a plastic loofa, look for a natural bath brush or a natural sea sponge! Sea sponges are extremely earth-friendly. Natural sea sponges are truly 100% natural from their unhampered-with cellular structure, to their naturally occurring sea minerals, to their eco-processing. Plus, they’re fully biodegradable!
5. SWAP YOUR RAZOR
Transition back to safety and straight razors. Not only is it environmentally friendly, but it produces a higher quality shave and it's cheaper!
Before you go, don't forget about this friendly reminder! When making these swaps keep in mind what to do with your old items – please don’t just throw them away! Try to first use up your old products, recycle, donate, give away or sell the rest. The purpose of zero waste is to prevent as much matter from heading to the landfill as possible.
Stay tuned for next week's tip and happy swapping!
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