The good guide on switching to a plastic free bathroom
Over the past several decades of using plastic, the waste we have created has accumulated in landfills and the ocean. Plastic pollution is a serious environmental threat that we shouldn’t treat lightly – because plastic never really goes away, only falling apart into smaller and smaller pieces of plastic.
That’s why figuring out how to go plastic free in the bathroom and making your home more eco-friendly is a great way to reduce your environmental impact. If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve got just the plastic free bathroom guide for you;
Use what you have
Once you’re figuring out how to go plastic free in the bathroom, you may be tempted to throw away all the plastic products you already own. You may just want to make the shift straight away and not think about the plastic sitting all-around your home.
The only thing more wasteful than a plastic item is throwing it away before it’s been used to the fullest. Keep the plastic items you already own and maintain them to extend their lifespan as much as possible.
Soap and shampoo bars
One of the easiest plastic free bathroom switches is opting to use solid soap and shampoo bars. Natural soap bars come in all kinds of scents and varieties, without any of the nasty chemicals added. Our current favourites are soap on a rope or the oatmeal soap bar. Natural soaps come packaged in cardboard, without any plastic, and are scented with essential oils. That way, they’re good for both the planet and your skin.
While solid soap is probably nothing new to you, plastic free shampoo bars are another great addition to a plastic free bathroom – they work just like soap bars, but for your hair. Options like the coconut milk shampoo bar are a great plastic free bathroom staple, or you could try a 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner bars and other more specific alternatives. If you’re on the go, you could pack both shampoo and soap in one small cube by using the shampoo and bodywash Beauty Kubes.
We recommend that you try a couple of different brands and varieties before you settle on what to continue using – we don’t always find exactly what we’re looking for on the first try, so don’t get discouraged if the first option you try isn’t quite right for you.
Try refillable products
Perhaps solid soap and shampoo bars are not the thing for you – in that case, try refillable products. You’ll likely find toiletry refills at your local zero waste shops if you have one local to you. You simply bring your old bottle to refill it with new product, to avoid packaging.
Increasingly, you can also find these refills online, usually packaged in compostable bioplastic pouches or similar materials. While these are not as zero waste as refills from your local store, they’re a wonderful option for those who do not have access to a zero waste shop. No zero waste store close by? Check out these eco friendly hand wash refills and plastic free shower gel refills, both made from natural ingredients and comes in compostable paper packaging. And dont forget the refillable soap dispensers for these.
Use multi-purpose, plastic-free options
If you’re serious about how to go plastic free in the bathroom, then you will need a few stables which can be used for a variety of purposes.
Coconut oil (found at nearly every supermarket), argan oil or cocoa butter are great examples of simple 1-ingredient basics (sometimes also enriched with an addition of vitamins) with a wide variety of uses – to nourish your hair, moisturise skin, calm irritations, hydrate dry areas, and much more.
Brush with bamboo
Perhaps the absolute simplest way how to go plastic free in the bathroom is swapping a plastic toothbrush for an eco friendly toothbrush made from super sustainable bamboo. It may not seem like a toothbrush would make such a large difference, but it’s an item all of us use every day – the plastic adds up.
Shave with a safety razor
Plastic razors and their cartridges can add up over time, contributing a lot to your environmental footprint. What’s more – they don’t even shave that well!
A good old-fashioned, plastic free safety razor is zero waste and provides a much closer shave. You may be feeling a little intimidated by using it, as it’s something many of us have never used before, but remember that it’s called a ‘safety razor’ – it’s made in a way to prevent any cuts!
To go with your razor, try a shaving soap bar instead of regular shaving foam to keep reducing your environmental impact.
Periods can be very wasteful if we’re using single-use products. Not only are regular commercial tampons and pads packaged in a ton of plastic, but they’re also often treated with bleach and other chemicals which can cause irritation.
Plastic-free and zero waste period products are the way to go both for your intimate health and the planet.
Soft menstrual cups have been massively rising in popularity, especially with tampon users – you only need one for years to come, which also saves you a ton of money! According to anecdotal evidence from users, they also help reduce pain – although there have been no studies testing this claim.
Your next option, great for pad users, is period underwear. It comes in a variety of styles accounting for different body types and flows so that you can really choose what works best for you. You could also try reusable pads, which are another great alternative to single-use pads.
If you’re not ready to switch to reusable products, a good compromise between commercial single-use period products and zero waste alternatives are biodegradable sanitary pads or organic eco friendly tampons.
Lastly, it’s important to clean your bathroom without plastic too! One of the best ways to do so is just with two simple ingredients – baking soda and vinegar – along with a natural fiber cloth (avoid synthetic fabrics, they’re made from plastic too).
You’ll be surprised at how effective these are at dealing with any cleaning needs you may have in your plastic free bathroom.
So now you know how to go plastic free in the bathroom. One simple swap at a time, and you’ll soon have that zero waste, plastic free bathroom!