To tackle Zero Waste and all the aspects of it, you’ve gotta look at your personal care products. Being one of the most wasteful part of our lives, beauty and personal care products can look challenging to change. But in fact, they are an easy place to start reducing your waste.
In our bathrooms, there’s usually several different products that we apply on our skin and hair each day. The average adult in the USA uses around 9 personal care products a day. And it can go even higher, up to 15 per day for a quarter of the people interviewed. It may not sound much, but when you think at the amount of harmful chemicals that may go into your body through your skin is staggering. That’s not the mention all the waste created.
To start off the day, we brush our teeth, comb our hair, then go on to style it and apply some make up (if you are required to), moisturiser, sunscreen and then head off. If this is your routine, then you are probably throwing in the landfill a lot of plastic during a whole year.
But, there are other ways. Even if you do have to wear make-up daily and style your hair, there are several other ways that you can reduce your waste in the bathroom.
Here are some of the ways you can do it, by making simple swaps.
6 Tips to Make your Bathroom Zero-Waste
Swap your plastic for a Bamboo Toothbrush
Plastic is bad. In general. Now, imagine that every few months you’ve got to send to landfill (remember: there’s not really ‘throw away’) a full sturdy piece of plastic that will take thousands of years to decompose fully. That is, if it doesn’t end up in the oceans, contaminating the water and killing marine life. If you switch to a bamboo alternative, you can compost your toothbrush and send bristles to be recycled (check with your council first), plus the packaging is always recyclable or biodegradable cardboard. Give it a go at these amazing and eco-friendly brushes which you can buy at any health shop and here too*.
Switch to a Safety Razor
Safety razors sound like something that your grandpa would recommend. I remember seeing my uncle using them to shave when I was little. And how I wish I would have followed suit. Safety razors as the name suggests are very safe to use and it reduces the risk of nicks and cuts during the shaving process. Most safety razors already come in an ‘eco-friendly’ packaging which is either compostable or recyclable. Plus, if you care well for your blades correctly, they’ll last a long time and work just fine before they can get recycled.
Go for the Cup
If you haven’t made the switch to a menstrual cup, then there’s always time to make the change now! I simply love my cup and I wrote about it before here and you can get all the info needed to have a smooth transition to a waste-free period.
Make your Own Personal Care Products
If you want to go truly ZW, then you can start by making your own products. I already make my own deodorant and you can go even further and make your own toothpaste, shampoo, body wash, etc…The
timesky is the limit and you can make your personal products specifically to your body/hair type and with ingredients you probably already have at home! For more inspiration and recipes, head down here.
Buy from Environmentally-Friendly Companies
If making your own personal care products is not an option, try finding companies that are environmentally responsible and offer more conscious products. You can buy products online on shops such as Flora & Fauna* or even Lush, where they don’t test on animals and have a recycling program for products or sell mostly without packaging.
Reuse containers if possible
In the end, if buying a product is inevitable, try to buy products that come in glass containers or packaging that can be recycled. Glass containers are great for food storage, to use as a plant pot or to give it as a gift. The options are endless and you can put your crafty skills to create amazing things with your new jars.
With all these new tips, do you think you could take some steps to make a change? What do you think is difficult about going Zero Waste? Or what do you already do to reduce waste from your life? Share your tips and comments below.
Peace & Love,
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