How to Convert to a Zero Waste Bathroom
Have you thought of converting to a zero-waste lifestyle? Your bathroom is a great place to begin. A zero-waste bathroom may sound hard, but it is really quite easy.
Generally speaking, a modern bathroom tends to generate a lot of waste. This is mainly because these bathroom products are often packaged in unnecessary plastic. Bathroom products are also designed to be cheap, convenient and disposable. A few of the worst offenders that contribute massively to plastic waste are plastic shampoo bottles, disposable razors and plastic toothbrushes.
The good news is… everything that comes in plastic, comes in a low waste option too. Once you realise how many great alternatives there are out there, you will find it super easy to make the switch to eco-friendly products and get your zero waste bathroom up and running. To help you start your zero waste journey, we have provided you with 5 simple bathroom swaps.
Swap Plastic Toothbrushes for Bamboo Toothbrushes
In Australia, we dispose over 30 million plastic toothbrushes each year. This goes straight into landfill and ultimately ‘chokes’ our planet, pollutes our waters and harms marine life.
Swapping out a plastic toothbrush for a bamboo toothbrush has many benefits. They are eco friendly, affordable, compostable and have recyclable bristles.
Bamboo stands and holders are also a great zero waste bathroom option, if you’re looking to store your bamboo toothbrushes. They are both fully compostable and are the perfect environmentally friendly way to hold or carry your toothbrush (for when on the go).
Swap Plastic Soap Bottles for Solid Bars
Did you know that liquid soap has 10x the carbon footprint of bar soap? This is because of the chemicals used to manufacture liquid soap, as well as the wasteful plastic packaging. Solid soap bars are made with environmentally friendly ingredients and contain minimal packaging. They are great for creating the desired lather, whereas liquid soaps tend to produce more liquid than what is required to gather a sufficient lather, contributing to waste.
Swap Disposable Razors for a Reusable Safety Razor
Every year we throw away billions of disposable plastic razors. Most of these don’t get recycled and as a result end up in landfill or our oceans. Safety razors are a great zero waste solution because they are plastic-free and last for years. All you need to do is change the blades.
Swap Cotton Pads for Reusable Makeup Remover Pads
Say goodbye to single-use makeup wipes that are huge contributors to landfill. Reusable makeup remover pads are made from bamboo and cotton. They are washable, which means you can reuse them over and over again. Not to mention they are super soft on your face and are great for removing your makeup.
Swap Plastic Cotton Buds for Bamboo Cotton Buds
Plastic cotton buds are one of the most problematic items of pollution found on beaches worldwide and 1.5 billion of these buds are produced each day. In Australia, 250 marine animals and over 2,700 seabirds choke to death on plastics that are polluting our oceans.
Bamboo cotton buds are made from sustainable bamboo sticks, with a natural cotton tip. They are 100% composable and have a multitude of everyday uses.
These small changes help to control your waste and every bathroom swap helps preserve our planet.