Zero waste bathroom is one of the first few steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprint on this planet. To create minimal waste in your daily life and to sustain for a longer time, one need to judiciously use the resources available to him. We have already talked about how to make a completely plastic-free kitchen starting from your home within a budget. The next step is to make a complete zero waste bathroom. Eliminating all the unnecessary plastic containers, non-usable items from your shelf of toiletries is very important to carry forward your zero waste journey, and later leading to a completely sustainable lifestyle.
The good part about this swap is that currently there is nothing in the market that doesn’t satisfy your need of accepting a complete eco-friendly lifestyle. You are flooded with so many choices and designs that at no moment it gets complicated or difficult for you to choose what you like. From umpteen designs on toothbrushes, innovative collections of swaps and alternatives make once life pretty simple. A Zero Waste Bathroom is not a tedious task. just some intelligent swaps and you are done.
So let’s have a look at what alternatives you need for your Zero Waste Bathroom to lead a guiltfree green lifestyle.
REPLACING SOAP BOTTLES AND HEAVILY PACKED SOAPS
Using soap bars is a very basic step you can opt for avoiding all the plastic bottles and excessively packed soaps and liquid from superstores. If you can’t make soaps at home which is anyways very simple with tonnes of recipes on the internet, you can buy soap from small handmade soap vendors or purchase online or buy locally-made palm oil free soaps. Zero Waste Bathroom should have soaps packed with the least packaging or wrapped with minimal recyclable materials.
SHAMPOO BARS OR DRY SHAMPOO
REPLACING SHAMPOO PLASTIC BOTTLES
Another innovative product in the market is shampoo bars and also dry shampoo powders stored in glass mason jars.
Facts check: Do you know that nearly 1500 football fields can be covered with thrown away shampoo bottles every year. Look at the magnitude of the waste it creates.
So opt for local bulk stores to buy your shampoo and store in refillable bottles or go for dry shampoos or soap bars. Trust me it will save you lots of cost and help you in waste management.
REPLACING CONDITIONERS ALTOGETHER
If I talk about conditioners, to spend a minimalistic lifestyle you really don’t need a conditioner. See the point is to cut down your wants as well. Swapping each and everything is not important. Somethings need to be replaced and somethings are needed to cut down. But still if you can’t get away with that, diluted apple cider vinegar with water is a great conditioner alternative for smooth shiny hair. Also natural aloe vera gel, honey, egg whites are all great choices for Conditioner alternatives.
HOMEMADE MOUTH FRESHNER
REPLACING COMMERCIAL FRESHNER LIQUIDS
This is also a luxury item that you can easily ignore to buy from superstores. You can just start to make some cool homemade mouth fresheners at home and store in glass spray bottles. To get it right just boil in water with a couple of cloves, mint leaves, and cardamom. When cooled put 2-3 drops of peppermint oil and a little salt. Yay your mouth freshener is ready ! if you are lazy to make this one, just chew some fresh mints. Nothing tops the natural flavors.
DIY FACE MASKS AND SCRUBS
REPLACING ALL THE PLASTIC CONTAINERS OF SKINCARE RANGE
Now, this doesn’t need any introduction. There are so many recipes on the internet that can enhance your skincare range with nothing less but all-natural ingredients. There is so much that you can do with natural fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants, and herbs. From using turmeric to curd, eggs, aloe vera, coconut oil, apricot skin, orange peel, milk cream, strawberries, tomato, potato. Every item has some of the other nutrients and minerals in them and you can intelligently club in and make your own masks and scrubs to avoid all unnecessary cosmetics in your bathroom.
REPLACING PLASTIC SCRUBS
There are so many choices on natural loofah and scrubber in the markets which use coconut husks and bamboo husk to make a very convenient body scrubber. Some of the innovators are also coming up with soaps attached to it to avoid all the double packaging. And if there is my home alternative that you are thinking to adopt then there is a vegetable called sponge gourd. I hope you all would have heard about it. It’s from the family of cucumber and looks similar to Ridge gourd, Snake gourd. Sponge gourd has a natural loofah inside and you can just sundry it and use it as a most eco-friendly scrubber. Bingo!
REPLACING USE AND THROW PLASTIC RAZORS
Shaving is one such activity that men and women equally have to do on a daily basis. It’s like brushing your teeth so optimizing this very option on limiting plastic razor and use and throw alternative becomes very important. So switching to metal razor is a great way to opt for plastic-free razors.
NATURAL MOISTURIZERS AND OILS
REPLACING EXPENSIVE AND PLASTIC BOTTLED MAKEUP AND BEAUTY RANGE
There are many natural moisturizer and oil that you can apply on your face and body and avoid purchasing packaged oils and cosmetics. You can go to nearby bulk store and buy oils and store in the reusable bottles and refill them. We spend so much money on skincare which is loaded with preservative and alcohols and petroleum products. So ditch those products and go natural and zero waste.
REPLACING PLASTIC TOOTHBRUSHES
Another popular alternative for plastic toothbrushes are bamboo toothbrushes which are very eco-friendly and sustainable choice. plastic toothbrushes are cheap and comes in so many choices but 90 billion toothbrushes are thrown away every year. So biodegradable brushes automatically becomes a very smart choice to opt for. Also the bristles of these toothbrushes comes with replaceable bristle which makes it long-lasting and durable.
HOMEMADE TOOTHPASTE OR TOOTHPOWDERS
REPLACING PLASTIC TUBES OF TOOTHPASTE
Toothpaste powder and toothpaste gel in eco-friendly boxes have become a popular choice for people who wants to make a change in the small things that they do. Zero waste toothpaste and powders can help a lot in plastic consumption of your bathroom space. Also, it is very easy to make your own toothpaste by mixing coconut oil, baking soda, salt, and peppermint. Toothpaste is like food. the use of it is extensive and if we cut down a little bit here. It will add up to a lot.
USE BIGET SPRAY INSTEAD OF TOILET PAPER
REPLACING PAPER TOWELS
In the eastern part of the world, the use of toilet paper is almost negligible. They use water sprays or bigot spray instead of toilet rolls. But it’s comparatively a very new concept in the west. People find it’s a new idea for zero waste and a sustainable way but it’s not. It’s a very ordinary practice in the eastern part of the world and can be considered to avoid the plastic-wrapped toilet rolls which anyway takes a lot from the environment to be manufactured. So next time you call an contractor to your home, do the fittings of the bathroom as well or you can just see the videos on the internet and install it yourself
DIY CLEANING PRODUCTS
REPLACING CLEANING AGENT BOTTLES
Making your own cleaning agents and soaps for is another fun activity you can add on to your bathroom shelves stored in eco-friendly bottles. Recipes using vinegar, rubbing alcohol, essential oils , water and storing it in spray bottles. DIY your own cleaning products is a great and interesting way to complete your structure of a zero waste bathroom.
NATURAL BRUSHES FOR CLEANING
REPLACING PLASTIC BRUSHES
Coconut and bamboo cleaning brushes are there in the market place to adopt for your Zero Waste Bathroom. It’s biodegradable and very intelligently designed. Cheap durable and organic, the natural brushes for cleaning the toilets and the floor can reduce your consumption on so many brushes and brooms.
SILK DENTAL FLOSS
REPLACING PLASTIC FLOSS
A regular floss comes in a tiny plastic box that has so little inside that it is not a very wise choice to buy it and pile up unwanted plastics. Switch to silk thread dental gloss which is readily available in wooden packings or silicon boxes. Some dental floss is made of corn fiber coated with wax and many types of flavors. They are packed in biodegradable cardboard boxes and are a great choice to discard your existing box of dental floss. Dental floss is a very small part of your Zero Waste Bathroom but counts in a lot when it comes to its plastic content.
SILICON MENSTRUAL CUPS
REPLACING CONVENTIONAL SANITARY PADS
Women needs this every now and then to stock up their sanitary pads in their bathrooms which itself has plastic content in it and then the icing on the cake is the plastic packaging that it comes with. It’s a one-time usability choice so switching yourself to silicon menstrual cups is a great swap for waste-free, plastic-free bathroom. Its hygienic, pain-free, hassle-free and washable. You keep it with you forever. This comes under personal hygiene and therefore an integral part of the Zero Waste Bathroom
REPLACING PLASTIC EARBUDS
Now this is another small looking item in our bathroom that we tend to ignore. But earbuds are mostly plastic and very little cotton. This should immediately go off your bathroom. There are too many options in the market for wooden and bamboo earbuds. You can just choose them instead of a regular commercial earbuds boxes.
REUSABLE CLOTH SWABS
REPLACING COTTON AND PAPER TISSUES
Reusable cloth swabs is also a great alternative to remove your makeup, or for your regular skincare routines and makeup removal procedures. Cotton is not a bad option at all but sustainability is also accountable in the zero waste bathroom and lifestyle and just removing the cotton packets can also contribute to reducing the same. You can make your own clothes pads with old muslin cloths and cotton fabrics.
REPLACING PLASTIC COMBING BRUSHES
Bamboo , palm ,coconut, wood, etc are some of the materials that are used extensively to make very cute and attractive combs. Combs and brushes are something that everyone uses and d=generally don t share. So to attain Zero Waste Bathroom, just replacing them with an eco-friendly alternative is very wise in terms of longevity, durability, and sustainability.
After the kitchen, bathroom is one space that creates the most waste in your home. Zero waste bathroom should be organized in a way that there is no wasteful plastic packaging and single-use plastic bottles which you throw every now and then and add up to landfills. There is a fault in consumers good and the way brand owners market the products, everyone tends to ignore the ill effects of these products and see them has hygienic, pure and attractive.
But if you look it carefully , a Zero Waste Bathroom with no plastic what so ever be designed and incorporate in such a way that not too many products can be stalked up there. Minimum shelves and clean products should be your way of leading a sustainable lifestyle. These days there are so many vegan beauty options available in the markets, ethically designed clothes and fabrics should be your choice of fashion.
Lastly to put everything in the eco-friendly trash bin should be your choice of selection. But creating minimal waste and minimalistic approach to lead home in a green way should always take priority. PLastic free kitchen and Zero Waste Bathroom are indeed two initial steps you can take to start your sustainable journey.