7 BUDGET-FRIENDLY ZERO WASTE BATHROOM SWAPS
Zero waste bathroom swaps.
Along with the kitchen, the bathroom is probably one of the key rooms in the house where we can create the most waste. The bathroom seems to be full of brightly coloured toxic plastic items like toothbrushes and hairbrushes, disposable items like razors and cotton pads and then there’s toilet paper. All that waste before we’ve even started thinking about our water waste or cosmetic products. But let’s just tackle one thing at a time.
There are some really simple, and budget friendly, zero waste bathroom swaps you can make, which we have listed below. Try to implement these in a one-in-one-out bases to reduce the amount of products you use overall, and retrain your brain to a more minimalist approach.
BUDGET-FRIENDLY ZERO WASTE BATHROOM SWAPS:
It’s estimated that the average person uses 300 toothbrushes a year. That equates to billions of toothbrushes lying in landfills and oceans which never break down.
Swap your plastic toothbrush for a brush made from biodegradable natural fibres like bamboo instead. We love these colourful bamboo brushes from Eco Shop Co.
Cotton Pads & Buds
Another easy swap you can make is to ditch the face wipes and cotton pads and swap to eco-friendly, sustainable cotton pads and buds.
We use these reusable pads everyday and think they are more luxurious and effective than regular cotton pads. Just pop them in the washing machine when you’re done and they’re good as new (even after the green face mask we’ve just applied!).
Hairbrush / Comb
Another plastic product which can be easily swapped for natural material alternatives.
This plastic free bamboo bristle hair brush will look oh so pretty sat on your bathroom shelf and will also improve the condition of your hair and scalp. It also come in a few sizes for the needs of every mane.
Somewhere between our parents generation and present day, soap got a really bad rep. It’s probably because when you imagine soap you think of that horrible mass-produces bar that seems to take forever to lather up and do absolutely nothing for you except dry your skin to the bone. Well, not anymore people!
There are some fantastic, and eco-friendly, soap bars on the market which are nourishing, cleansing, free from any nasties and include zero waste packaging. We’re loving this Eco Shop Co set of 3 vegan bars.
We covered this in our Easy Ways To Go Zero Waste At Home post – stop throwing away a plastic disposable razor every month (or sooner) and swap to a metal safety razor with a refillable blade.
There are some great alternatives out there of safety razors for all budgets but we love this aesthetically pleasing rose gold razor by Bare & Co.
I think it’s safe to talk about toilet paper again now, right?! But that was a close call (pun intended).
Toilet paper is full of chemicals that are terrible for our water systems, but there are some really easy swaps you can make. Choose tree-free alternatives like bamboo toilet paper or 100% recycled paper for your bathroom. There are some cost effective zero waste subscription services out there like Who Gives A Crap, or No Issues, meaning you’ll always be stocked up.
Not only are your bathroom cleaning products full of toxic chemicals harmful to our water ways, oceans and ourselves but they also usually come in chemically coloured plastic packaging.
One of the easiest, and cheapest, ways to cut this waste is to go all natural and use a warm water and white vinegar (1:1) solution in a glass spray bottle or buy non-toxic eco cleaners like this one from Koala.
How zero waste is your bathroom? Head to our post HERE for more at home zero waste tips