How to transition your bathroom to being low waste
We have found making the transition to low waste in the bathroom is one of our favorite things! It gives you an opportunity to really get creative. Many companies are creating products in sustainable packaging and it is fun to explore and learn more about them. It also is a place where you yourself can be creative and make your own products and think outside the box (or plastic packaging)! We have so many helpful tips and tricks for this place in our life but want to start by giving you all our top 5 easy switches.
Why a bamboo toothbrush? In just the US alone it is estimated that between 850 million and 1 billion toothbrushes end up in our landfills every year! Now that is insane and we are choosing to say no to adding to this by choosing bamboo. Did you know bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the earth, making it the perfect material for creating a toothbrush. Plus it allows them to be fully compostable!
Razors once were sustainable before living sustainably was a thing. If you speak to your grandparents they probably have heard of and used safety razors. They give you a clean and long lasting shave. The base is made of metal and can be reused over and over again. All you must replace is the metal blade. You can choose to recycle it or place it in water once dull and let rust and then place in your compost! Keep in mind it is an adjustment switching from modern day plastic razors to a safety razor they are sharp. Make sure NOT to apply pressure to the razor and just guide it along. This will help you avoid cuts.
Taking a shower and using the body wash in a plastic bottle? Say so long to the bottle and pick up a bar of soap in a paper box! Every supermarket offers a bar soap option and it is the perfect replacement if you cannot get your hands on some of our favorite brands and products. Plus if you want to make it last longer cut it into pieces and keep the unused in your drawer or cabinet until your cut piece runs out. It extends the life of the soap beyond what you can imagine!
Most people use shampoo and conditioner in plastic. If you haven’t taken the full deep dive into living low waste you may not know of any alternative. This is a place we like to get creative if we cannot buy in bulk. You can make your own or you can use a shampoo bar and replace the conditioner with a small teaspoon of oil massaged in after the shower. Like most things it takes time to flow into this practice, we have all gotten so use to using a liquid soap but trust us it starts to feel normal and your hair will love it!
Facial and Body Moisturizer
If you are purchasing oils or lotions for your face and body choose glass! Our favorite place to start with body moisturizer is coconut oil in glass. It is affordable and accessible. We do not recommend using it for your face it tends to be to heavy for the gentle skin on your face. If you are looking for a facial option, Yay for Earth is an amazing product by one of our fellow low wasters. Her products fly of the shelves so if you cannot get your hands on it fast enough you can choose an oil like Jojoba. This oil is gentle and you can use it to oil cleanse and then moisturize reducing how many items you need to use in your morning and evening routine.
Switch to buying toilet paper in single rolls to reduce the plastic bag or invest in a bidet. They are a perfect alternative to give yourself a nice clean after you use the bathroom without using any paper!
We honestly could give suggestions for days so we will be extending this low waste bathroom saga into next week with some of our favorite recipes and DIY hacks! What do you struggle with the most when it comes to plastic packaging in the bathroom, what are you looking for suggestions on? We are here to support you and would love to give you more assistance and resources. Let us know in the comments below and we will include them in the next post! Till next week happy exploring a low waste bathroom!