Wow we are more than half way through 2020 already and it’s also time to get thinking about how we can work towards our vision of seeing a world free of plastic waste with Plastic Free July. Our bathrooms are jam packed with disposable single-use products, and I know from previous experience that my bathroom bin could get full pretty quickly! Now that my family and I are moving towards living a low waste life, I did some research and found by replacing a few single-use products with something more earth-friendly it saves us making so much waste and is a lot kinder on our pockets in the long run!
I’ve put together a list below of 9 must have low waste bathroom essentials so we can reduce plastic pollution for the month of July and beyond!
1. A Safety Razor
Did you know that 2 billion single-use plastic razors are thrown away each year! So last year I converted to a safety razor made from stainless steel and completely plastic free! I was a little worried that I would cut myself, but they are actually pretty easy to use, and they look super cute in your bathroom (I’m a sucker for pretty things). I have a gorgeous rose gold version and it provides me with a super close shave with little to no razor burn. This product is a winner for me!
2. Makeup Remover Pads
Did you know that it takes years for makeup wipes to break down in our landfills. They are made out of materials like polyester, polypropylene, cotton, wood pulp, and rayon fibers, many of which are not biodegradable. I’ve made the switch to Reusable Cotton Pads that are a far more sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to disposable makeup pads. Made with 100% Certified Organic Cotton, the soft and durable cotton pads can be washed and re-used time and time again. They are a staple item for my daily makeup removal and face cleansing routine. My bathroom bin doesn’t fill up nearly as quick since making this low waste bathroom swap!
Grab your pack of 10 8cm round cotton pads and a 15x8cm cotton mesh laundry bag from Nourished Life here
3. Solid Shampoo + Conditioner Bars
If you love zero-waste living and want to reduce plastic (approx one 100g bar = three regular bottles of regular shampoo) try swapping your bottle for a bar! Solid shampoo bars are great for all hair types, fun, and easy to use. They contain nourishing natural ingredients and generally last longer than a bottle of shampoo.
4. Castile Soap Bar
This wonderful product is fantastic value and has replaced soooo many products in my house. I use Biome 100% True Castile Soap for bubble bath, washing dishes, in the laundry and for cleaning the floors with no synthetic preservatives, detergents or foaming agents! It’s waste free and only uses one natural ingredient (saponified olive oil). The block itself is unscented and fragrance-free, so with the addition of your favourite essential oil.
5. A Bamboo Toothbrush
Did you know over 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes are thrown in the trash every single year, and that it takes one single plastic toothbrush over 1,000 years to decompose; eeeek! Thankfully, I’ve noticed a lot more eco-friendly options at the supermarket recently which is so great to see! These ones from The Dirt take less than 3 years to decompose. By switching to bamboo you are making the eco-friendly choice to reduce plastic waste and save our oceans YAY!
“The Dirt” also have some pretty cool ideas to re-use your brush. Use your old brush to deep clean tiny corners of your house, pull out bristles and use the handle to mark the herbs in your garden, stir paint buckets, make a toothbrush handle log cabin. The possibilities are endless!
6. A Bar of Soap
Reduce plastic waste, use a bar of soap! I’ve always preferred a bar of soap; it just seems more convenient to grab and use when I’m in a rush. I like knowing exactly what ingredients have been used and that I can customize it to my own skin needs. Handcrafted soap is a green alternative because they don’t have to be packaged in plastic. If consumers made the switch to soap bars, we could make a significant impact on the amount of plastic waste that ends up in the ocean. Or buy a premade green alternative such as Dr Bronners Castile Bar Soap which is gentle enough to be used by the whole family as its ingredients wont irritate the skin. They are also 100% biodegradable in a 100% post-consumer recycled wrapper making it the perfect low waste bathroom option.
7. A Menstrual Cup
Just a couple of years ago I made the swap to a silicone menstrual cup, and I would never turn back! Unlike regular tampons, you can wear these for up to 12 hours. This means no more middle of the night panic trips to the bathroom. I’ve been using the PELVI Menstrual Cup which is made from 100% medical-grade silicone and is an excellent alternative to tampons and pads, particularly when travelling. Hypoallergenic, it can be worn for up to 8 hours, including overnight, and will not disrupt the natural pH balance of the vagina. Designed to be leak-free, even during vigorous exercise, it is easy to use, clean and disinfect and, with proper care, will last from 6 to 10 years! If you’re not a fan of wearing a cup, these panty liners are another option. I used them after having my two daughters and found them super comfy for a low waste period.
8. DIY Your Face Masks
Have you ever noticed just how much waste comes with your packet face mask? I used to always purchase those cheap face masks at the supermarket that came encased in a plastic package. They had another piece of plastic inside and a paper mask. After I was finished with my mask all of that went into the bin!
I’ve reduced a lot of waste creating my own face mask from scratch as part of my self-care routine. My skin and bin are much happier for it, why not try making your own Green Clay and Matcha Face Mask OR try this easy Turmeric and Honey Mask with ingredients you already have at home!
9. Glass Bottles and Jars
I’m obsessed with pretty bottles and jars! They just look so pretty sitting in the shower or beside the bath, much nicer to look at than plastic branded bottles! If you need singular different sized bottles, I’d suggest Biome, they have a large range of amber bottles for storing homemade sprays and lotions, or even a simple mason jar could be used to store homemade bath bombs, bath salts or cloth wipes.
As you can see, with just a few product exchanges it’s easy to create a low waste bathroom space. I’d love to hear what other changes you can make this July to lessen the waste in your bathrooms, let me know in the comments section below, and feel free to share this with friends and family who might be interested in creating a low waste bathroom space!
Pin this for later or forward it to a friend and remind them of Plastic Free July!