Zero waste bathroom? Yes, lately I’ve been trying to minimise my waste, because, we produce waaaaay too much. Therefor I wanted to share tips with you and I thought why not start with one of the smallest rooms in the house. Herewith some tips on how I’ve started to work towards a zero waste bathroom. Please note that my bathroom is far from zero waste however this is a good start I feel!
Reduce your plastics in the bathroom. A start a zero waste bathroom?
Ditch your disposable razor, yes even your razor with plastic cartridges!
Your disposable razor is one of the easiest things to ditch, I think, without making any sacrifices! I hear you think, this is a pretty important topic, because we don’t want to show that unwanted hair!
Disposable razors are made out of plastic, which you obviously know. You think that buying cartridges is a better solution, however it still contains a lot of plastic. Think about it, you’re going to your supermarket or convenience store and all the razor and cartridges are packaged in even more plastic.
It’s time to do something about this. There are a couple great alternatives.. Getting rid of your hair by laser is one option, but you might need to save up a little for this.. Another great solution is using a razor made of stainless steel! Many people are hesitant to try the all-steel razor, which I completely understand as it seemed rather dangerous to me too. However, if this extremely clumsy girl can use it.. you can too!
I have been trying out this Leaf Shave razor and I can say, it works perfectly fine and unwanted hair is gone in a split second! This razor in particular has a pivoting head which makes it easy at difficult to reach areas as knees or armpits. Of course you do need to watch out, when using it or when you’re putting the blades in.
You think 80 bucks is a bit much? If you take good care of it, you can use it a lifetime!
You can find the one I have on http://leafshave.com
I personally don’t use Q tips very often, therefor I still have a little bit of stock in my bathroom cabinet, made of plastic, yikes. However when you want to buy new ones, you can buy tips made of bamboo and cotton. Much better for the environment and you can even compost these!|
Zero Waste Cotton pads
If you’re into sustainable fashion you might know how much water is needed to create cotton. A lot! Nowadays you can easily buy reusable cotton pads online or even better, make cotton pads yourself by using old cotton clothes you don’t want or need anymore. You can just wash these in the washing machine over and over again, no waste. Super easy, but make sure you have enough, because it’s annoying when they’re stuck in your laundry basket.
*Please note that you can’t get your nail polish off with these, I actually just use toilet paper for this..! Any other suggestions?
Still using a disposable toothbrush made of plastic ? Then it’s time to make a switch to bamboo brushes! These can also go into the compost bin, however you need to take the top part, off, usually this is still made of Nylon. Anyone knows of an electric alternative?
Toothpicks and floss
Are you using the gummy toothpicks at the moment and loving it? Well, that is a-shame because do you know what I’ve heard? They are not as great as the good old wooden picks. Apparently, the wooden picks work better and help you get rid of more plaque. Also these wooden picks are compostable!
Are you a bigger fan of floss? The most commonly used floss, nicely packaged in plastic, is a thread made of Nylon or Teflon, yes indeed synthetic. However, of course there is a solution! Silk dental floss and it comes in…a glass bottle! Want a vegan alternative? I recently saw there is a charcoal floss made out of bamboo charcoal fibre! Might be worth investigating.
Hope this was an easy start for you. Now that you have less waste, make sure to compost whatever you can!
The biggest threat is plastic of course! Think of disposable razors, Q-tips and the toothbrush, but besides all these disposables, we can also think of the packaging we use. This will be the next step to our zero waste bathroom. But, let’s do this first.
Good luck, and if you have any other easy tips, please feel free to share!13