Moving Toward Zero Waste… in the Bathroom
Simplify your routine. Many of us have body wash, face wash and hand soap in the bathroom – but do we really need all three? Same goes for makeup and lotions. Look at what you really use, and cut out the rest. Try to find products that will do more than one job, or make your own! It will save you time, money and keep you from harboring hard-to-recycle items.
Buy bar soap package free or in paper wrapping instead of liquid soap. Some stores have shampoo and conditioner bars instead of bottles. You might be able to find refill stations in your area and fill up your own containers, or try your hand at making your own products! There are a myriad of self-care recipes online for everyday items such as toothpaste, deodorant and creams.
Brush with Bamboo
Switch to bamboo toothbrushes which are compostable after pulling out the synthetic bristles. And, they add a natural flair to your bathroom décor! There are many recipes for homemade toothpaste, but if you aren’t into make-your-own, you could try Lush’s Toothy Tabs which have recyclable packaging or find a local Teracycle program to Teracycle your toothpaste tubes
Buy toilet paper wrapped in paper instead of plastic. Or, go paper free and install a bidet. Keep some cloths and a laundry basket close by to pat dry and throw them in the wash next time you run a load. Or simplify and drip-dry!
Ditch the Disposables
Disposable feminine hygiene products can be replaced with a reusable cup or washable sanitary pads. There are a variety of reliable brands out there to choose from, and because they work so well, they are becoming more and more mainstream. Women who have tried a cup wish they had done it years before, and it saves lots of money in the long run!