While there are only a few ideas listed I found the Bathroom to be the easiest place to cut out unnecessary waste without hugely changing my lifestyle. Some items may seem costly to purchase, but please remember they are reusable, and completely replace the cost of the disposable items you would have continued to purchase forever on. If you commit to the product, the cost per use will decrease significantly.
My most exciting and highest impact change was to the use of bar soaps for shampoo, conditioner and body wash. I went with Lush products because they are ethical, accessible, and smell amazing. Cutting out microbeads and plastic bottles these bars still exfoliate with ground rice and poppy seeds, and are packaged in recyclable paper bags. The shampoo lathers properly and my hair has taken to the change really well. These are winners at roughly $15 per bar at Lush and are meant to last around 80 washes.
As part of reducing unnecessary plastics using a recyclable bamboo toothbrush is the way to go. The soft bristles took some getting used to, but are just as effective as my old firm plastic toothbrush. Check out your local health food / healthy living stores for one, they cost the same as normal toothbrushes and also come in recyclable packaging. Many other consumable toiletries (cotton tips for example) also come in bamboo instead of plastics. Order yours here: Bamboo Toothbrush by Brush with Bamboo
That time of the month became so much more convenient with a menstrual cup, and 100% less wasteful. I can comfortably change just every 12hrs (yep, that’s morning and night) and it holds up with my active lifestyle. No more nervously flushing at friends’ places, or rushing to the shops for supplies….imagine that, spend $60 now and you’ll never have to buy a sanitary item again. Invest now in a Lunette cup, and put an end to monthly waste. Lunette Menstrual Cup – Starter Kit – Violet Model 1 & Wipe
These Enjo beauties are so effective at removing makeup with just water. They are easy to clean with hand soap or can be thrown in the washing machine. I was hesitant at first to ditch my disposable face cloths because of the amount of foundation I wear, but after my first use and seeing how well the makeup washed out of the cloth I was sold. I take these with me traveling and camping and love that I’m never going to run out of wipes again. A little pricey for a one off purchase of around $59 for a set of seven, but these will last me years (I’ve only touched two over 12months so far) and at the rate I wash my face I’m definitely ahead already.
Ditch the plastic razors! Hardcore Zero Waste lifestyle makers use a safety razor, which is 100% stainless steel, and only require the blade to be replaced. For years I’ve just used a Gillette steel razor with the replaceable head. These still use a small amount of plastic, but it’s significantly less than the disposable razors.