There are lots of people I know who want to start reducing their plastic waste but maybe don’t know where the hell to start. Well I’m here to tell you it’s MUCH easier than you think it is and the bathroom is a great place to start.
A regular bathroom is usually full of different kinds of products to do different things, clean your body, style your hair, make you smell nice, clean your teeth etc. Firstly, actually have a look at all the products you have in your bathroom. Once I started clearing out all the products in my bathroom and started using simple, natural recipes I not spend a lot less money, I also now feel like life is so much simpler. Here’s my top minimalist, plastic free bathroom tips.
Switch to shampoo and soap bars
Not only do they take up way less space, you can also take them to the gym and travel with them so so much easier. In my shower I now have one shampoo bar and one soap saver pouch. If you really can’t get on with bars, google your local refill or bulk store, they’re really likely to have shampoo and shower gels you can get package free!\
Make it yourself! Traditional deodorants contain aluminium which blocks your pores and has been linked to some skin conditions and cancers. Natural deodorants are great but can be expensive. I make my own in 5 mins using just 2-3 ingredients you can get in the supermarket. Check out the video here.
Potentially the most difficult to reduce, but I think it’s totally worth it. I make my own mascara (video here) but I do buy a few other natural make up products like liquid eyeliner in a glass pot from Lush and tinted moisturiser from Green People. For me, it’s 100% worth spending that extra bit of money on products that are chemical free but that’s a personal decision. There are lots of great companies producing plastic free make up at the moment, including Love The Planet (UK based).
Hair brush or comb
How many times have you snapped that cheap plastic comb … ? I invested in a wooden comb about a year ago and I love it. It’s not only great quality, it’s wide teeth mean my hair doesn’t go all fluffy. Once my old plastic hair brush finally dies, I’m heading for a wooden brush too.
Toothpaste & toothbrushes
Bamboo toothbrushes are all the fashion these days don’t you know! I’ve seen loads of companies selling them, including natural health stores like H&B. Every plastic toothbrush you have ever used since you first got teeth is still on this planet somewhere…. bamboo toothbrushes are biodegradable!
I have to admit that plastic free toothpaste is still something I am yet to conquer, I have tried making my own but coconut based pastes weren’t good for me. I do use Lush Toothy Tabs when travelling but I’m not the biggest fan of the taste plus unfortunately they still come in a plastic bottle. If you have any other suggestions I’d love to hear them!
Again, a really simple switch is from disposable razors to a safety razor. I’ve had mine a few years and I loooove it! You just replace the blade whenever you need to.
I’ve used a menstrual cup for probably about 5 years now and I’ll never go back. One cup should last you 10 years which saves 2400 pads/tampons going to landfill and you hundreds of pounds. Check out The Cup Foundation who provide menstrual cups to underprivileged girls. You can also get some super cute reusable pads from many small businesses such as Eco Femme.
Again to save money, I make my own. Simply – coconut oil, shea butter and essential oils. I used to just use coconut oil which is really lovely on skin, but if you find it too oily, shea butter is a great addition.
If you haven’t already heard of Who Gives A Crap, you really need to check them out. They produce recycled or bamboo toilet paper individually wrapped in funky patterned paper and donate 50% of their profits to building toilets in less fortunate areas of the world. I’ve been ordering their toilet roll for years and more recently their kitchen paper too. Head here for £5 off your first order.
If you’re anything like my parents, I’m guessing that somewhere in your bathroom you’ll have a cupboard brimming full of different overpackaged cleaning products. Eurgh. Scrap the chemicals, they’re not good for you health and you don’t need them to be clean! There are loads of great recipes for cleaning products that just use lemon juice and vinegar but I am still yet to actually try making these. I currently buy refills of natural cleaning products from a refill station at my local market; one multi purpose cleaner and one toilet cleaner. Minimal hassle, minimal space.
P.s I will be trying Splosh very soon so expect a review on their refill cleaning products too!
I hope some of these have been useful. If you’re really new to zero waste, my advice would be to pick just 1 or 2 of these to change first, then add more as you get more comfortable with it. Even just small sustainable changes can make a huge difference to your environmental impact, plus less clutter in the bathroom means a calmer, happy space to spend that shower time!
Let me know if you are trying any of these or already use some of these products, comment below or find me on Instagram.
P.s – These are all companies I personally use, this post is not sponsored by any of them 🙂