Reducing waste in the bathroom

This blog post is part of our “Room by Room” mini-series, where we look into ways to reduce waste across all divisions of a household. You can find all the articles listed here.

GIVE A CRAP ABOUT YOUR WASTE!

There’s only one type of waste that should be in your bathroom, and it’s not made of plastic.

The bathroom is a great place to start to reduce unnecessary waste as it’s normally filled with useless chemical products wrapped in plastic. The below are suggestions to reduce and replace waste in the bathroom, for a healthier planet, body and wallet.  

The shower

Dr Bronner’s 18-IN-1

The shower does not need multiple products and this soap is proof. It can literally be used for everything from cleaning your hair to washing your face. It contains no synthetic preservation, detergents or foaming agents. It also contained only certified fair trade ingredients and is reasonably priced. It can be purchased in bulk up to nearly 4 liters.  

Homemade body scrub

As someone that’s pretty lazy, I can tell you honestly that making your own body scrub is really simple. Once you make your own, it will be difficult to go and purchase expensive ones. Here’s a recipe for one easy one from Style Craze, without any tiny plastic beads in sight.  

Combine all the ingredients together into a jar or tub

·        ¼ cup Ground Coffee

·        ¼ cup Sugar

·        2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

·        3 Vitamin E Capsules (can get from a chemist or skip)

 Safix Biodegradable Foot & Body Scrub Pad

This isn’t really an essential item, but if you’re someone that uses scrub pads in the shower, it’s best to purchase an item that is biodegradable. This product is made from natural biodegradable coconut fibres, also lasting at least several months. It can be put into your compost straight after use.  It’s also pretty reasonably priced at $3.56.

Lush – Shampoo bars

Gone are the days when Shampoo and Conditioner came separately, Cosmetics brand Lush sells long lasting solid shampoo bars. These beauties come in a range of type, each at the $15 price point. These natural bars last ages and come in minimal packaging.  Oh also, these bars are packed with oils so conditioner isn’t required, saving you time and money.  

Storage

Davis & Waddell Pantry Woven Bamboo Basket

Storage in the bathroom isn’t something people generally worry about, however a lot of storage is made from plastic. Storage can also make a bathroom look a lot better and can show how much stuff there is. This basket is made from sturdy bamboo so will last and is only around $20.

 

Cleaning

EcoWorx

This eco-friendly product is an all round solution to cleaning, using green ionic chemistry to remove dirt and bacteria. It is eco certified by GECA and highly rated online. It can be used from cleaning tea stained cups to scrubbing the shower mold. I would highly recommend the Diamond Sponge.

Resparkle Bamboo Cloth

These non-scratch, 100% natural Bamboo Microfibre Cloths are perfect waste free wipes for the bathroom. They come in a 3 pack and can be easily washed after used, over and over again.  

Cleaning vinegar

I use cleaning vinegar and baking soda all the time to clean and it really does work. Mix equal parts cleaning vinegar and water into a spray bottle or bucket; you can also add lemon or essential oil for smell. Vinegar is acidic and can kill 82% of mold species and other bacteria. If you need an extra kick for black mold or stubborn stains dissolve some baking soda into the vinegar solution.

 

Hygiene

Environmental toothbrush

In Australia, over 30 million toothbrushes are used and disposed of each year, which is around 1000 tonnes of landfill every year. The alternative is bamboo toothbrushes, which are natural and biodegradable (except the bristles). This toothbrush, which is made from natural bamboo, was produced from a dentist and can be purchased in a pack of 12 for $38. They also sell bamboo toothbrush holders.

Make your own toothpaste with Trash is for tossers (yours doesn’t need to be organic): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIpTXQl7qT0

All Natural No Pong Anti Odourant

This Australian natural anti odourant comes in a tin around $6. It is made from bicarb and keeps you fresh for 12 hours. It also completely aluminum and paraben free. You can also make your own (Google it) but this is a great alternative for those that don’t have time.


Toilet

Who Gives A Crap

Without a doubt, the best brand for toilet paper and paper towels – Who Gives A Crap. With 2.3 billion people across the world without access to a toilet, the founder’s crowdfunded the product that gives 50% of profits back to help build toilets in the developing world. The toilet paper can be delivered to your door, made from 100% recycled paper and containing no inks, dyes or scents. It also arrives in fun paper packaging. Winner.

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