7 Zero Waste Bathroom Essentials
I feel like a lot of people (including myself) thought that grocery shopping is the majority source of waste when they were first conscious of their waste. Although grocery shopping does contribute to massive amounts of waste, the bathroom is also a waste powerhouse. Having a zero waste bathroom really opened my eyes to how much waste I produced before.
Think about it, there’s so much opportunity for waste in the bathroom; plastic packaged toilet paper, toothpaste tubes, mouthwash bottles, shampoo and conditioner bottles, and so much more.
Zero Waste Bathroom
Luckily, it’s really not that difficult to create a zero waste bathroom. All you need to focus on is using up the products you currently have before restocking. Kathryn Kellogg calls this the one-in-one-out rule. I’ve created this list below to suggest packaging free products you can buy once you’ve used up your current products.
Soap (Essential for a Zero Waste Bathroom):
The average person washes their hands 6 times every day. That’s 2,190 times every year. So you can imagine how much soap we use every year. If we only use soap dispenser bottles we’d go through a lot of plastic - unless you refill your soap bottles at a zero waste shop.
Refilling your soap dispenser bottles is definitely a sustainable option, a lot of people prefer a dispenser over a bar anyways. But if you don’t have a zero waste shop near you, you may want to consider switching to soap bars.
Look for soap bars that come in recyclable packaging, or even no packaging. My local bulk food store carries boutique style soap bars that have no packaging, so I just buy those. The only downside to the packaging free soap bars I buy is that they come with a barcode sticker on every bar of soap.
Packaging Free Shampoo & Conditioner:
Shampoo and conditioner bars are the perfect alternative to packaged bottles. I’ve mentioned shampoo bars in previous blog and Instagram posts, essentially they’re the same as a soap bar, but they’re made from shampoo and conditioner.
When I posted about shampoo bars on Instagram, a lot of the comments said they’re favourite shampoo bar is made by Lush (they also carries conditioner bars). If you have a Lush storefront near you, I recommend going to the store to purchase your shampoo and conditioner bars rather than ordering them online. If you buy them in-store, you’ll notice you can get them without any packaging!
If you order Lush bars online, it will come in packaging. I’m not sure if Lush’s shipment packaging is recyclable or not, I haven’t ordered anything from their website. If you have, let me know in the comments if their online products come in recyclable packaging!
Another sustainable option is to refill your shampoo and conditioner bottles at a zero waste shop.
Bamboo biodegradable toothbrushes are a great, sustainable alternative to plastic toothbrushes. Did you know that a billion toothbrushes, most of which were plastic, were thrown away in the U.S in 2019?
Plastic takes a really, really long time to break down. That's why it's a good idea to look into bamboo toothbrushes! Bamboo doesn't need pesticides grows really fast, and it rarely needs to be replanted.
About 400 million toothpaste tubes are thrown into the landfill every year in the U.S alone. That's a LOT of toothpaste! So how can we avoid this? A good alternative to products that come in plastic packaging is usually just to make it yourself.
Not much of a do-it-yourself-er? Take a look on Etsy. They have shops that sell toothpaste in glass jars, so the packaging is 100% recyclable and reusable.
And of course don't forget to check your local zero waste shop for toothpaste, just make sure you bring your own container!
Zero Waste Deodorant:
Nobody wants to be the person with smelly armpits, but if you’re trying to go zero waste it may seem like every deodorant brand uses single use plastic! Not to mention a lot of deodorants have ingredients like aluminum in them.
Luckily, DIY deodorant is pretty easy to make. The following recipe is by Going Zero Waste.
Once your disposable razor has reached the end of it's life, swap it out for a safety razor! Yes, they may be expensive - but they'll last a lifetime.
Over time, you'll actually be saving money by using a safety razor. You won't be spending $10 every few weeks for new disposable razors.
Eco Friendly Silk Floss or Waterpik:
You no longer need to use disposable floss! There's a couple of alternatives to disposable floss; silk floss and a waterpik.
I had a Waterpik for the longest time, but found that it didn't really work that well. My gums still didn't feel clean after using the Waterpik. So I switched back to floss.
Silk floss is biodegradable, cost-effective, and a lot of the time doesn't have preservatives, artificial sweeteners and more bad stuff in it.
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