Bathrooms are full of beauty and wellness products. However, these can only be really enjoyed if they can be used with a clear conscience. That works in the Zero Waste Bathroom
Author: House of Eden
Imagine entering a bathroom that shines of cleanliness, smells fresh as a garden, and looks spacious and tidy. The shoulders relax and the eyes close in appreciation of a peaceful and natural indoors space, where you can leave your worries and start anew. All of that is easier with the zero waste bathroom.
However, most bathrooms are the opposite of zero waste. We clutter our bathrooms with products of all shapes and sizes, much like we do to the rest of the house. Yet many of the myriad products that we have to move when cleaning the bathroom don't really serve us. They are impulse buys, triggered by other needs and encouraged by clever marketing tactics. We end up wasting resources, as well as our time, money, and bathroom space.
With zero waste swaps you can minimise the cluttering and regain control over the bathroom space. A zero waste lifestyle abides a lot by eco-friendly and minimalism guidelines, whereby you use less resources for our products and less products overall. “Just essentials” is the catchphrase here.
Why the zero waste bathroom is better for you
Zero waste will make you feel better about your bathroom space and the impact you leave on the planet. And although when making changes to a routine some effort is involved, zero waste swaps and activities can be very enjoyable and save you precious time and money in the long run.
Such a transition comes with perfect timing. Our society has been in high need of a reform to the way we produce and consume goods. There is too much of everything: choice, waste, and effort spent for both manufacturers and ourselves. Not to mention that our desire to purchase at cheaper prices has also had the opposite effect. We may buy cheaper items but we also purchase in higher quantities and often without a specific purpose. It's simply wasteful.
Towards the end of product use, we also risk polluting the environment. Traditional bathroom items often contain chemicals that become toxic in certain quantities or release microplastics, tiny particles that end up in our oceans and rivers and are further consumed by animals. It is certainly challenging to envisage this thread yet scientists have shown time and time again that we leave an increasing negative impact on our surroundings through the products we use.
This is where zero waste essentials enter the picture. The advantages of a zero waste bathroom are endless, however, the list below encapsulates some of the vital ones:
- Saves you money, since you purchase less products and use them for longer
- Saves space, leaving a tidier, cleaner, and brighter bathroom
- Lowers your environmental impact, by reducing the use of toxic chemicals, wasteful packaging, and unnecessary products
- Transforms the bathroom in a more relaxing and creative space
Top 10 eco-friendly, zero waste essentials
- Shampoo & Conditioner
- Toilet paper
- Make-up wipes
Taking care of our dental hygiene does not need to suffer from eco-friendly transitions. A zero waste toothbrush is just as efficient as a traditional, plastic-based product. It will, however, come from natural sources, making it biodegradable for the environment when composted. Bamboo toothbrushes are an increasingly popular option for the entire family in local stores everywhere. It will be a great choice for the planet since bamboo also uses less land and water to grow.
With toothpaste, a key issue is the packaging. Often, It involves plastic and paper that we throw away immediately after purchase. A great swap in this sense is an eco-friendly packaging that uses fewer materials, ideally from recycled sources and that can further be recycled. DYI toothpowders are another interesting swap for which many recipes are available. Remember to verify and adapt it with your dentist, since each one of us needs different things.
This is a very easy one! Even if we have grown accustomed to using liquid soaps, switching to bars shouldn't be hard, especially with all the variety available today. Bar soaps are better for the environment since they use less packaging and are often chemicals-free, which also makes them safer for you, too. Not to mention the wonderful, natural fragrances that are hard to mimic by artificial soaps. That said, liquid soaps could also be obtained from natural ingredients. The only challenge remains to find a bulk store where to refill your soap container with no extra packaging. If you don't have this option accessible yet, purchased or home made bar soaps will be your best bet!
4. Shampoo and conditioner
Hair cleaning and caring products are essentials, no doubt about it. One advantage of zero waste hair products is that they are safer for you and the environment, leveraging the power of natural oils, essences, and plants without the addition of harmful substances. They come in all shapes and sizes, from powders, to bars, and to liquids but the two things they have in common is the eco-friendly resource use and waste impact. Not the same thing can be said about conventional shampoos and conditioners that are packed in unrecyclable bottles and often contain microplastics and chemicals that become toxic in large quantities.
A zero waste swap that sometimes makes people nervous is the surprising comeback to the old-school safety razor. Luckily, so many people have made the transition that there are now countless tips available for shaving with a safety razor! Before you realise it, the shaving process will become easier and you will avoid the pain of replacing blades or whole razors as often as plastic ones. If the typical disposable razor gets tossed away after a few shaves, safety razors are classier and more durable. And who doesn't need reliability from a razor?
6. Toilet paper
Did you know that switching to a more eco-friendly toilet paper can also make a substantial difference to your footprint? This is due to the large amount of natural resources used and waste produced in making toilet paper. Traditional toilet paper is made from virgin wood materials and then wrapped in non-recyclable plastic for protection. So, what is the alternative? XNUMX% recycled content toilet paper or alternative fibre sources, such as bamboo (yes, we love this particular plant!). On top of that, cloth wipes and bidet attachments are further alternatives or complementary features to add to your zero-waste bathroom.
7. Make-up wipes
For many beauty routines, make-up pads are bare necessities. We need them to take advantage of lotions and essences that clean, refresh, and treat our skin for different purposes. The trouble with cotton makeup wipes is the waste they create after disposal, especially since they are tossed away after one use. With reusable and washable cloths you can create a circular routine, whereby you use the same wipes for a longer period. Redundant waste is avoided, while saving you money and time!
A similar approach to make-up wipes can be taken for towels. Using paper towels is simply impractical, wasting precious wood resources and creating waste that our environment doesn't know how to handle. Furthermore, let's admit it, they are just not aesthetical. By comparison, you can choose towels made from natural fibres with beautiful colors and patters that match your bathroom. They can even be the center stage element of color! Be careful to look for fibres that consume less natural resources, such as bamboo, lyocell, and organic cotton.
Some of us love the romantic atmosphere created by lightening candles during long baths. And zero waste candles are the best, with plenty of tantalizing aromas, no chemicals, and no wasted resources! Conventional candles hide some dark secrets, from paraffin wax derived from petroleum to phthalates that can harm our health. We don't want anything of that sort in our bathrooms and also don't need it when there are plenty of eco-friendly options available. Candles can be made from 100% coconut, soy, or bee wax, mixed with essential oils that are chemicals-free. Make sure to also look for minimalistic and durable packaging!
Finally, we'll always need storage options in our bathroom, even when we use considerable fewer products on a daily basis. Options abound but how can we choose the zero waste essentials? Go for eco-friendly materials that can be reused for a long period and remanufactured or recycled at the end of life. You can choose certified bamboo and wood sources, metals, and materials recycled from waste.
Some of these zero waste swaps can take some time, yet you don't need to try them all at once. Take it step by step. Your new zero waste routine will be so addictive that you will soon extend itself organically to more and more elements.