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The bathroom is a great place to start if you have decided to try and live a more zero waste life. But how do you go about it? Here are a few easy zero waste bathroom swaps to help you live a more sustainable lifestyle.
Zero Waste Bathroom Swaps
Whenever you start out on a zero waste journey in any room, you do have to think about the basics of being zero waste:
- Reduce how much you use
- Reuse what you can
- Recycle where possible – or upcycle
- Repair if it breaks and can be repaired
- Rent and borrow items if you are only going to use them infrequently
- Refuse to buy what you don’t need – or refuse to buy things wrapped in plastic etc
- Rot – if an item can be composted once finished with then this is much better for the environment.
And all these easy bathroom swaps take these basics into account.
1. Swap Over To More Sustainable Loo Roll
Most supermarkets now sell a toilet roll made from recycled paper. But there are also several eco friendly brands now on the scene.
Why not try Who Gives A Crap loo roll? Their rolls are packaged in paper and cardboard rather than plastic.
Or Cheeky Panda loo roll, which is made from bamboo sources rather than traditional paper. Because bamboo grows so much quicker than trees, it is a much more sustainable paper source. Plus, Cheeky Panda also make biodegradable baby wipes.
Eco leaf is not only made from recycled paper but it is also packaged in compostable packaging.
Finally, to use less loo roll, why not flatten the roll slightly? This way the user can only get a couple of sheets at a time rather than rolling loads off at once…
2. Maybe Even Consider Going Over To Cloth Loo Roll
Ever thought about using family cloth rather than toilet roll? Family cloth is using cloth pieces to wipe after going to the toilet, then washing and reusing these rather than throwing away or flushing.
It is a great way to upcycle and repurpose old cloth and towelling that you have already in your home. And is a great money saver. See here how you can make your own.
Or buy some cloth wipes here.
3. Swap Your Plastic Toothbrushes For Bamboo
Plastic toothbrushes are really not sustainable, and if you go through 6-7 a year at least that is a lot of plastic going to landfill.
Consider a bamboo toothbrush. These in the main are compostable at the end of their toothbrushing life. Which is a great saving for the environment.
Or for the ultimate in eco friendly toothbrushing, why not consider a bamboo toothbrush with a removable head? This one over at The Other Straw has a handle that can be reused, thus saving even more from going to landfill.
But don’t just throw away your old toothbrushes! They make excellent cleaning utensils for getting where your fingers can’t.
4. Swap Bottles Of Shampoo / Conditioner and Shower Gel For Bars
There are plenty of places out there now that sell shower gel, shampoo and conditioner in the form of solid bars rather than in plastic bottles.
Or if you do need to use plastic bottles, do ensure that they can be recycled, or even returned to the store to be reused.
If you are using solid shampoos or shower gels, do you end up with a mushy bar? Why not try making a shampoo bar/soap holder to keep your bar less mushy in the shower? See my tutorial on how you can make one here.
5. Swap Plastic Shower Pouf Exfoliators For Compostable Hessian or Towelling Poufs or Wooden Brushes
I hate those plastic scrubbers that come with a lot of bath gift sets. They end up being stinky bacteria breeders. Plus the plastic is totally unusable for anything else.
Why not try a loofah that can be composted once it gets too messy?
I made this up cycled burlap (hessian) shower scrubber out of a piece of old coffee sacking. A great way to use up all your burlap scraps.
Or you could make a similar one out of an old towel. See my tutorial here.
6. Swap Bath Bubbles and Bottles For Your Own Bathbombs
These bath bombs made from natural ingredients are much better than any bubble bath. Why not swap them for your usual bath routine?
7. Go More Sustainable In Your Sanitary Wear
There are so many ways to go eco friendly during your period. And as well as being sustainable it can save you a heap of cash.
8. Swap Chemical Cleaners For Natural Ones
There are lots of recipes out there for natural alternatives to chemical cleaners.
Need some cleaning cloths? One of the best zero waste bathroom swaps is to repurpose your old towels or cloths to make new cleaning cloths instead of buying new. This tutorial gives you some great ways to make great multipurpose cloths.
Plus – Do you have a lot of limescale in your bathroom or toilet? One of my favourite discoveries is that you can get rid of limescale with no effort using ONE simple ecofriendly ingredient!
See here how I used this one ingredient to rid my toilet of the most stubborn stains. And a solution will rid your bathroom of limescale!
9. Swap Your Plastic Loo Brush For A Wooden One
Another good swap is getting rid of your old plastic loo brush in favour of a wooden, loofah or coir hair one that can be composted at the end of its life. I do intend to use my plastic one until it is totally worn out first though!
10. Use Reusable Flannels, Face Wipes And Baby Wipes
A simple flannel that can be washed is a much better idea than throwing away a multitude of baby wipes or cleansing wipes.
These cloth wipes are a lovely reusable alternative to baby wipes, keep them in a small container with or without a water spray bottle, and they can be used instead of baby cleansing wipes or for removing make up.
Want to make your own? My tutorials for Reusable Kitchen Roll and Family Cloth will help you make some great reusable face cloths and wipes from your old clothing or towelling. Why buy when you can repurpose?
11. Use Reusable MakeUp Remover Pads
Using and throwing away cotton wool balls or pads can be a thing of the past if you have some reusable make up remover pads.
After use, just bag up the dirty pads, launder and reuse.
12. Compost Your Paper Cotton Buds – And Stop Using Plastic Ones!
Most companies have stopped manufacturing plastic q-tips or cotton buds. You can use paper ones and compost them after use. But there are also some brilliant alternatives out there, including a silicone reusable cotton bud.
13. Use More Natural Deodorants, Bath Products and MakeUp
Again, there are so many great companies making natural alternatives to everyday essentials such as makeup and deodorants.
Nuud is a great deodorant alternative. Applied with your fingertips, it works for days not hours by preventing sweat rather than masking it. It contains no aluminium, salts or parabens. However, it does contain almond and coconut oil so is not suitable if you have a nut allergy.
Why not make your own deodorant?
14. Swap Where You Shop To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Finally, if you can, shop local as much as you can. Not only does it put money back into the local economy and businesses (which is better for your town) , it lowers your carbon footprint. I am actually very lucky to have a thriving set of local businesses right on my doorstep, including a shop that sells just eco refills. But it is so important to ‘use them or lose them’!
And most importantly, please do not get too overwhelmed with all these. It is very hard to be totally zero waste. I haven’t achieved it. But I do think that every little helps, so by trying to do something you are definitely making an impact.
Do you think that you could incorporate some of these zero waste bathroom swaps into your lifestyle? I would love to hear your stories. Comment below or find me on social media.
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