Hello everyone. Living a zero waste and sustainable life is the dream but for some people it can seem unattainable and difficult to achieve. That’s where I come in. I have broken down sustainable living into 12 sections and every month I will be focusing on one area.
This way, you can work on one area of your life every month and by the end of the year you will have met your sustainability goals.
Today I am talking about some super easy swaps you can make to have a more sustainable bathroom. It might seem difficult to eliminate single use plastic from your bathroom, but these swaps make it easy!
This one is super easy as using a bamboo toothbrush is the same as using a plastic one except its better for the environment. We sell these amazing Save Some Green ones at The Little Green Larder. I love them because the whole toothbrush and the packaging is completely compostable.
I actually save all of our old toothbrushes to use as vegetable markers in our garden. You can write on them with a sharpie and pop them in your veg patch.
Also, once you switch bring us your old plastic toothbrush as we have a Terracycle recycling scheme.
I have been using a safety razor for a few years now and I love it. You reuse the razor and change the blades. There are ways to collect and recycle the blades so that nothing ends up in landfill. Have a read of this to find out more info.
Refill your cleaning products
We need cleaning products to keep our bathroom hygienic and clean but so many of them come in plastic bottles. Although these can be recycled it takes a lot of resources and so many of them end up in landfill. Find a zero-waste shop near you and fill up your empty cleaning product containers to avoid buying more plastic.
At The Little Green Larder we sell a wide variety of cleaning products that you can refill. Simply bring along your bottle, weigh it on our scales and fill it up.
Aerosol deodorants are harmful for our environment. According to Lush UK, “A recent study showed that if one million people switched their regular aerosol for a newer, compressed aerosol then 696 tonnes of CO2 and enough aluminium to make 20,000 bikes could be saved.”
Instead of damaging the environment and creating waste, why not switch to a more sustainable option? I use these Earth Conscious deodorant sticks. They come in cardboard tubes that can be composted creating no waste to landfill.
Using a plastic bottle of shower gel really adds up to the amount of plastic waste we are creating. Why not switch to a bar of soap instead? It is just as good and much better for the environment. Opt for one that doesn’t come in plastic like this Smelleez Soap. Smelleez comes wrapped in compostable material and has a huge range of different scents. We stock this at The Little Green Larder and our favourite is Parma Violet.
You can pop your soap bar into a soap bag like this which helps it lather up for use. It also gives a better grip which is great for those with low dexterity.
Plastic shower puffs cannot be recycled so will end up in landfill or an incinerator. Even worse, they can end up in the ocean. Here they pose a danger to sea life and pollute the water.
Switch to a plant based shower puff instead. These are much better for the environment and can be composted after use. These are more hygienic to use as you can clean them in the washing machine with your clothing wash.
I love this ramie shower puff. Ramie is a plan based material that is super soft and sustainable. Click here to get one yourself
According to Organi cup, “An individual goes through approximately 11,000 disposable pads and/or tampons in a lifetime.” That is a lot of disposable sanitary items that end up in our oceans or landfill. I recently did a litter pick on a local beach with my little dog and the amount of sanitary items I found was shocking.
There are lots of options for reusable sanitary items. Menstrual cups, cloth sanitary pads and period pants. Not every option works for everyone but they are all great in their own way and can be used time and time again.
We sell reusable pads and menstrual cups at The Little Green Larder, so feel free to pop in and have a chat if you have any questions about them. Personally I use one of these Moon cups, click here to get one.
Switch to reusable cotton pads
Although cotton is biodegradable, producing such large amounts as a single use product is not great for the environment. It requires enormous amounts of water to produce, so a reusable alternative is much better.
I love using reusable cotton pads to cleanse my skin and remove makeup. You can use them time and time again and just pop them in the washing machine with your normal wash for next time.
I keep all of my clean reusable pads in a glass jar on my dressing table and pop them into a net washbag once I am done. Once the bag is full I just put it in with my next clothes wash. It is that easy.
Use local and sustainable skincare
You may not know, but before I opened The Little Green Larder I was a hair and makeup artist and beautician. I have always said the key to good makeup and good skin is your skincare.
At The Little Green Larder we sell a huge range of locally made skincare and it all comes in sustainable packaging. Using locally made products means a lower carbon footprint. We get our skincare bottles delivered with no packaging, it comes in a box that the supplier reuses. There is no international shipping or plastic bubble wrap in sight!
Toothpaste is an item that we all use twice a day, every day. It comes in plastic that is difficult to recycle and so often ends up in landfill and our oceans. Tooth tabs are fantastic, I love these ones from Save Some Green as they have the right amount of fluoride as recommended by doctors.
They are so easy to use, all you have to do is pop one in your mouth, crunch it a bit and use a wet toothbrush to brush your teeth as you would with any other toothpaste. It comes in a metal tin and refills come in compostable packaging. So much better for the environment.
Like shower gel, shampoo and conditioner in plastic bottles is not doing our world any good. Why not change to a bar instead and cut down on waste?
I have been using shampoo and conditioner bars for a few years now and I find they last so much longer. One bar can last for a few months which is great. When I used a liquid, I could go through a bottle of conditioner in less than a month. (Click here to see the ones I use).
On switching to a bar your hair may go though a transition period, but that’s normal. Stick with it and you will fall in love with using bars!
I hope you enjoyed finding out how to make some easy switches to ensure your bathroom is more sustainable. Do you use any of these items already, or do you have any other great bathroom swaps? Leave me a comment and let me know.
Jillian, The Little Green Blogger