Hello friends, and happy Saturday! It’s 2019, and it’s time we all learn to live in a more sustainable fashion. The trend of being eco-friendly has often been advertised as all or nothing, but going all-in takes time and is generally quite an expensive process. Instead, I’m proposing a couple of zero-waste changes that could spruce up your bathroom and reduce your carbon footprint.
This week, I’ve been busy updating my bathroom; I’ve been swapping out old, polluting products with new, biodegradable products that produce less waste. I’ve loved converting my bathroom to an (almost) zero-waste space. It’s easy, affordable, and contributes to saving our beautiful planet. So, in my opinion, it’s well worth a try. Here are a few eco-friendly tips and product swaps that I made to limit the waste output in my bathroom:
An easy replacement for your plastic toothbrush is a bamboo biodegradable toothbrush. Everything but the bristles is compostable, which I thought was pretty neat!
Deodorant traditionally comes in non-recyclable plastic containers that ultimately end up in landfills once they’ve been used. I’ve experimented a little and made my own deodorant cream! I know it sounds weird, but I store mine in a glass mason jar and it looks cute and aesthetically pleasing. Great brand: Schmidt’s Deodorant Cream.
Instead of buying disposable plastic razors, opt for a stainless steel reusable razor and switch out the blades. Great brand: Preserve (made from recycled plastic).
Shower gel almost always comes in a non-recyclable plastic bottle, and some contain microbeads, which is one of the largest ocean pollutants. Try switching to a soap bar, preferably not wrapped in any packaging at all. If you’re feeling creative, making homemade soap bars is the best way to ensure that the ingredients are eco-friendly. I totally recommend this!
Shampoo and Conditioner
As strange as it seems, shampoo and conditioner now come in bars like soap. There are many homemade shampoo and conditioner recipes that will save you from buying single-use plastic bottles. Instead of using bottled conditioner, you can use argan oil or organic coconut oil to moisturize your hair after a shower.
“The Earth is a fine place and worth fighting for.” — Ernest Hemingway