Your bathroom is a place of routine. More often than not, when we enter, we are on autopilot, sleepy from a long day or a long sleep. We bumble about blearily and grab whatever is most convenient without thinking about it. Over and again every day. So, our job is to pave the way gently for our pre-coffee zombie selves and reduce our plastic waste in the process, one brush at a time.
Now, a lot of change might sound daunting BUT the great news is, even one change would have a massive impact on your footprint in regards to the bathroom. Because it’s daily! How many other things are so embedded in routine as the bathroom? That’s why we’ve curated you a beginner’s guide to a zero waste bathroom.
Do a mental run through of your morning (or perhaps that of your household). What products do you use all the time? Make a list of them and ask yourself if any of them available to buy in bulk or at refill stations? If not then think, do zero waste versions of them exist? And finally, can you make them yourself?
Who has 2 bins in their bathrooms? Many products have plastics that can be recycled; and a surprising amount of compost waste is produced too. Having one bin for recycling and one for compost, will automatically make you more aware of the materials that make up your products when you shop.
3. Bamboo Toothbrush Hack
Your very first toothbrush is still sitting on this earth somewhere. If that knowledge isn’t enough to shock you into switching to a zero waste version then nothing will. Switching to a bamboo toothbrush is the quickest and easiest switch you can possibly do to reduce your bathroom waste. So easy in fact, I’m calling it a hack because it feels like a freebie.
Everything that would have gone in your regular waste bin, all those things we use to clean our faces and bodies, and toss in the bin, they’re all getting an upgrade.
Switch from cotton wool to luxurious, soft, and most importantly reusable cotton pads. Just like the bins, keeping 2 jars for your organic cotton pads, scrubbies and flannels will pave the way for an easy system you can follow with your eyes closed. One jar for clean materials, one for used and waiting for the washing machine.
There you have it. A menagerie of tips and tricks to get you going in your zero waste bathroom journey. Many of these changes are not only better for the environment but healthier for your body too. And remember, even one change is worth it.
Make it as simple as you need, many of these things can actually be found in our zero-waste kits already. Thinking of a particularly overwhelming bathroom? Cut some corners and treat yourself or a friend to a hamper of happiness. Arm yourself with the right tools and habits, and you’ll find plastic usage easily falling away one bleary morning at a time.