Our bathrooms can be home to a surprising amount of bad plastic habits. Body wash, plastic razors, shampoos and conditioners are just a few of the common everyday essentials that come in plastic containers. So while you’re busy trying to get clean you could be unintentionally polluting our planet. Luckily these items are easy to swap for a more planet friendly bathroom. Here are our tips & tricks to keeping your bathroom clean of plastic waste!
Did you know in Australia alone 30 million toothbrushes are used and thrown away each year? That equates to one million kilos of toothbrush waste alone! It doesn’t have to be this way however, you can easily replace your plastic toothbrush with a bamboo one. Flora & Fauna have a great range of bamboo toothbrushes to keep your teeth white and our oceans sparkling. And while we’re talking teeth, don’t forget that most toothpaste tubes are plastic with about 1 billion toothpaste tubes sent to landfills every year! Get crafty and check out this DIY recipe from 1 Million Women to reduce your bathroom’s plastic waste.
We’ve all been guilty of a collection of shampoo and conditioner plastic bottles accumulating in our shower, but it doesn’t have to be this way! Brands across the world are starting to clue into Shampoo & Conditioner bars which are full of natural ingredients and better for your hair and scalp so you don’t have to wash your hair as often. They also last a whole lot longer than their liquid equivalent. Lush have an amazing smelling range of shampoo bars you can choose fromhere
Steer clear of liquid shower gels and hand wash that come in plastic pump bottles and switch to solid bars. Don’t worry they still smell amazing! AND bar soap doesn’t contain as high a proportion of water as shower gels or liquid soaps, so they tend to last a lot longer and are more cost effective. So it’s a plus for you and the planet! Splash out on thisPink Clay Cleansing Soap from Sephora to ditch plastic body wash in style.
Let’s face it, there’s definitely an element of convenience to makeup removing wipes, and baby wipes. But did you know these products are typically made from polyester, polyethylene, and polypropylene – or a mixture of those plastics and natural fibres. These wipes are notorious for blocking sewers and the plastic does not break down. Makeup wipes are easy to replace with reusable alternatives like thisMakeUp Eraser Remove Cloth from Sephora which you can throw in the wash to reuse time and time again. Biome also suppliesreusable Baby Wipes to make the clean up easy without the guilt of damaging our earth!
While you’re keeping your ears squeaky clean, you might just be inadvertently choking the planet with plastic. Most cotton tips are connected to plastic but it’s easy enough to find bamboo cotton buds which are a sustainable alternative to plastic cotton buds, likethese at Nourished Life.
This is an easy one to miss, but your hairbrush is most likely made out of plastic. It’s nothing to lose hair over though, as bamboo hair brushes are a great alternative. Not only are they plastic-free, but also anti-bacterial, so you'll be taking better care of your scalp. Bamboo is one of the most sustainable resources and environmentally sound plants on earth. It will also leave you with shinier hair, a massaged scalp and less static! Bonus! Shop Naturally have a great selection ofBamboo brushes to choose from.
Plastic razors are another wasteful culprit found in most bathrooms, but there’s an easy solution with stainless steel razors likethis one from The Clean Collective. Plastic razors don't last very long, and aren't great quality to begin with compared to stainless steel razors. So if you add it all up, not only is it plastic-free, but a better investment for your wallet.
Single-use, plastic dental floss is another plastic offender found in your bathroom. Plastic dental floss often ends up in our waterways, strangling marine life. There are some great alternatives however including beeswax floss or silk floss, which you can findhere on Flora & Fauna.
We hope this helps kick-start your plastic-free journey. If you have any more tips for around the bathroom or the home in general, we'd love to hear! Please share them in the comments below.