Zero Waste Bathroom Swaps
After the kitchen, the bathroom is the second most wasteful part of the home. Bathroom products have been designed to be convenient and disposable and are often packaged in wasteful plastic packaging. And marketers would have us believe that we need these products to stay beautiful, hygienic and happy.
In reality, there are reusable or compostable alternatives to all of these products that can help you transition to a zero-waste bathroom.
Here are 15 simple swaps for a zero-waste bathroom:
- Toothbrush: Plastic toothbrushes are disposable and remain in the landfill indefinitely. Or they end up in the oceans or consumed by marine life. Switch to a bamboo toothbrush with compostable plant-based bristles. When you’re done with the toothbrush, you can place the entire brush (with bristles into the compost).
- Toothpaste. Toothpaste comes in plastic tubes that are non-recyclable. Switch to a homemade toothpaste, or buy a toothpaste that comes in a glass jar.
- Floss. Floss is made from nylon, comes spooled in a plastic container and takes a terrible toll on marine life. The best floss alternative we have found is silk dental floss packaged in a glass container. It’s compostable and the glass container is refillable.
- Menstrual Cup. Did you know that tampons contain chemicals, bleach and fibers that get left inside of you? A reusable menstrual cup is not just good for the environment, it’s healthier for your body and provides excellent protection against leaks.
- Q-tips. Switch from q tips with a plastic applicator to ones with a wood applicator. Q-tips can be completely compostable if they are made from just wood or paper and cotton.
- Shampoo/Body Wash. Use one soap for body wash and shampoo. Put them in a glass refillable jar.
- Conditioner. Conditioner is often sold in bulk as well. Use apple cider vinegar with a few drops of tea tree oil. It removes residue from your hair, keeps it soft and heals dandruff.
- Eye Makeup Remover. Making your own makeup remover is easy and saves money.
- Facial Rounds. Cotton balls and rounds can be composted, but they are often packaged in wasteful plastic bags. Skip the plastic packaging and try reusable facial rounds. They’re soft, absorbent and can be thrown in the wash when you’re done.
- Hairbrush/Comb. Instead of a plastic brush and comb, try a brush and comb made from wood.
- Safety Razor. Safety razors are a great alternative to plastic and disposable razors. The blades are made from stainless steel and can be recycled when you’re done and the razor itself can last a lifetime.
- Nail Brush. Swap a plastic nail brush for a wood nail brush with natural bristles. It can be composted at the end of life.
- Compost Bucket. Keep a compost bucket in your bathroom instead of a trash can. Hair, nail clippings and tissue can all be composted!
- Toilet paper. Instead of buying toilet paper wrapped in plastic, buy toilet paper wrapped in paper sold in a cardboard box.
- Toilet brush. Switch from a plastic toilet brush to a wood toilet brush that is long lasting and can be composted at the end of life.