Does anyone else find it overwhelming when trying to lead a lower waste lifestyle?
I know I do! It can be hard to know where to start, especially since everything we own seems to be made with plastic, or at least wrapped in it.
But first, why should we even care?
Plastic has a greater effect on our earth than we may think. In addition to polluting our landfills, plastic is littering our oceans every day.
Each year, over 260 million tons of plastic is produced, and 26 million of those tons end up in our oceans.
This chain reaction of events leads to loss of marine life, a rise in greenhouse gases, and even affects humans! In fact, it is estimated that humans eat about a credit card’s worth of plastic each week!
I decided to post about a plastic-free bathroom because it is room specific and can be easily attained once you know what swaps to make.
So, if you are looking to reduce your plastic consumption and want a quick guide when it comes to a plastic free bathroom, please read on!
The Swap: Bamboo Toothbrush
How to Dispose: When you’re done with your toothbrush, ply out the plastic bristles and put them in your regular landfill bin. Then you can chuck your bamboo handle in your green yard waste bin! They also make great garden stakes!
Where to Buy: You can buy all kinds of bamboo brushes from Amazon. Some health food stores also carry them. The most environmentally-friendly brand I’ve found is called Brush With Bamboo.
The Swap: Tooth Tabs
How to Dispose: Tooth tabs are little tablets that come in infinitely recyclable glass and aluminum containers. Most brands offer refill systems so you can keep the same container, but if needing to dispose of, both glass and aluminum can be put in your recycle bin!
Where to Buy: I buy my tooth tabs from a brand called Bite and they work really well for me! There is also another company called Georganics that carries tooth tabs, as well as mouth wash tabs and floss!
3. Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap
The Swap: Shampoo & Conditioner Bars
How to Dispose: Most bars come in paper packaging which can be composted or recycled. The bars don’t produce any other waste!
Where to Buy: I use bars from Ethique World. They are a company based out of New Zealand and work so, so well! But I have also heard really good things about bars from Zero Waste Store.
Side Note: I swear by my Ethique shampoo and conditioner bars, but some people don’t like using bars in the shower. If this is you, then consider heading out to your local co-op to see if they have bulk shampoo that you can refill!
The Swap: Safety Razor
How to Dispose: Safety Razor blades can be disposed of at your local sharps recycling center and the blade is reusable!
Where to Buy: You can buy a safety razor off of Amazon. I got mine from Lisse Shave. If you are wanting a more traditional-style razor (one with multiple blades and a pivoting head), then check out Leaf Shave! Most people really enjoy this razor, but I have heard mixed reviews when it comes to men shaving their face with it. Check them out if you get a chance!
5. Plastic Shower Loofah
The Swap: Natural loofah plant!
How to Dispose: Since the traditional loofah (not the store-bought plastic ones) are a plant, they can be composted in your green yard waste bin!
Where to Buy: Amazon, health food stores, and sometimes even your local farmer’s market!
6. Makeup Remover Wipes
The Swap: Reusable Cotton Rounds and DIY makeup remover!
Where to Buy: you can buy reusable cotton rounds from Amazon or make your own by cutting up small squares out of an old wash cloth!
How to Make: I make my own makeup remover using essential oils. If this recipe interests you, then check out my blog post and try it out!
And there you go! Your guide to a zero waste bathroom!
I truly hope these tips/items have helped you in some way. I made all of these swaps one at a time once I ran out the ones I already owned over a period of time, so don’t fret if you’re not able to swap everything out at once!
As always, please let me know if you have any questions about anything on this list and I will be happy to help!