On my quest to live an eco-friendlier lifestyle, I’ve been looking up ways to have a more eco-friendly and zero waste bathroom.
I looked around my bathroom (which didn’t take long as it’s tiny) and just noticed how many bottles and plastic I have in there.
How much do we actually waste?
And how can we be so sure it’s properly being recycled?
I think about the years I’ve used disposable razors and the amount of plastic toothbrushes I have thrown away.
Being a mum,
…I don’t want my child to grow up and be ignorant to saving the planet.
So, as they say, ‘start them young.’
If I influence my 7-year-old, he could go to school and spread the word.
I only wish I started all this sooner.
But onwards and upwards, I have started to live greener and am having fun trying out new products and ways of living.
So here’s 17 eco-friendly swaps or changes that I’ve found that you can do in your bathroom.
17 Eco-Friendly Bathroom Ideas
1. Bamboo toothbrush
A kinder alternative to your standard plastic toothbrush.
Bamboo toothbrushes are BPA free and the bristles are made of nylon which is kinder to your teeth and gums.
You can pick them up in your local supermarkets but the best value for money is buying a pack from Amazon.
They do come in different colors, but I quite like the bamboo look.
Once you’re done you can recycle it!
2. Natural soap
Environmentally friendly soap is soap with the most natural ingredients.
The best kind to get would be a vegan choice.
Natural soap does the same job and you can use it with a clear conscience.
More than 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfill every day!
So stop buying that shower gel and use a bar instead!
You could find a recipe for shower gel and have a go at making some of your own and reuse an old bottle. If you’re feeling adventurous there are lots of recipes for making your own soap online also.
It would be cool to make a big batch and give it as gifts to friends and family.
3. Safety razor
I’ve not tried a safety razor yet, but I have seen a lot about them online. I’ve got to buy one and try it out!
They are supposed to give a better shave and cause less irritation to your skin.
As I haven’t tried it out before I can’t guarantee that and if you have sensitive skin it’s probably best to do some thorough research before buying one.
These are better to use than throwing away disposable plastic ones every week.
They look more stylish and will save you money in the long run!
4. Glass jars
I love a glass jar. I’m always collecting or saving old ones.
I’ve got a cupboard full of them.
I’ve had to give some to charity because I have too many!
So, in the bathroom, you could use it to store things in the bathroom.
It’s a plastic alternative and looks more stylish.
You can store cotton buds, cotton wool and your new bamboo toothbrush!
5. Bamboo hairbrush
Just like the toothbrush, it’s a prettier bamboo version of a hairbrush.
Again, I haven’t bought one yet (I desperately need a new hairbrush and will be purchasing very soon!)
You can get them on Amazon, not only do they look nicer, but they look as though they won’t hurt when brushing.
You know what it’s like with the old plastic hairbrushes that feel like you’re scraping your scalp off?
The bamboo ones look like they will brush your hair nice and gently.
6. Shampoo bar
A lot like the soap bar but for the hair! They aren’t as harsh on your hair as there aren’t as many chemicals, so you don’t necessarily need to use conditioner.
They are cheap to buy and can do the job for up to 4 to 5 bottles of shampoo!
That’s a lot less plastic used in your house.
7. Sea sponge or Unsponge
Sea sponges are considered sustainable because they grow back after they are harvested.
They are great for exfoliating your skin and it feels good to use something that has come from mother nature herself.
An Unsponge is a zero-waste plastic free sponge, they’re also available on Amazon.
8. Reusable period pad/menstrual cup
If you’ve not heard of a menstrual cup it is a feminine hygiene cup that is inserted into the vagina when it’s that special time of the month.
So, it’s kind of like an eco-friendly tampon.
They’re made of silicone or latex and are like a cup that catches your flow instead of absorbing it.
You can buy them from some health food shops and online.
A reusable pad is basically a reusable sanitary towel, they are made from material and can be washed over and over.
These are made to be used alongside the menstrual cup so not ideal to use just on their own.
They come in lots of cool patterns and colors and can be bought online.
9. Bamboo cotton swabs
Plastic cotton buds are one of the most common types of beach litter, they can spend thousands of years at the bottom of the ocean and can cause serious harm when eaten by sea animals.
So, this super simple swap is definitely a step in the right direction.
Bamboo cotton buds can be picked up in a lot of local shops or online.
They can be slightly more expensive than standard plastic ones but shop around and you’ll find some at a reasonable price.
10. Natural deodorant
So natural deodorant can be a deodorant crystal or a rub that you apply on the armpits.
I have tried the crystal deodorant and it’s very effective and they last for such a long time.
…which is great as it saves you money.
And yeah I know, I sound like a broken record but you’re doing your bit for planet earth.
11. Natural toothpaste and mouth wash tablets
So natural toothpaste is toothpaste with no nasty bits.
Instead of being in a tube it’s in a jar and you just scoop some on to your toothbrush and brush as normal.
Mouthwash tablets come in a glass jar and they contain over 100 tablets, you put 1-2 in half a glass of water and when dissolved you use in the same way as your usual mouthwash, just with less waste.
12. Natural cleaning products
I’m just starting to try out natural cleaning products and I find them quite fun to make.
There are hundreds of recipes online and you’ll feel better cleaning your house without all the harsh, toxic chemicals.
Here’s a post you might like that I did on making natural air freshener.
13. Reusable makeup remover pads
I have noticed how many wipes and one-use products I use just to take my make up off at night.
There are loads of different reusable makeup remover pads and they come in loads of different patterns.
They feel much nicer on your skin also.
I found this great kit which has everything you need for your makeup removal routine, plus it’s affordable which is great.
14. Natural sun cream
I’ve only tried one particular brand but in my opinion, it worked really well and was kind to my sons eczema prone skin.
The brand I use is called Shade. It’s only sold in the UK but I’ve found this similar product in the US on Amazon.
It also lasts a lot longer than a tube of cream as its more of a paste and it’s easier not to overdo it.
There are lots of natural sun creams out there without all the nasty bits so shop around and experiment.
Some are not water resistant so make sure you check before you buy a certain brand.
15. Wooden accessories
I’m talking about a wooden toilet brush, a wooden or bamboo soap dish, and a wooden toilet roll holder.
When buying bathroom accessories try and buy less plastic.
The wooden ones will last so much longer, and they look stylish.
16. Recycled toilet paper
It’s available almost anywhere, there’s a brand I’ve seen a lot of on social media called ‘who gives a crap’ the company donates 50% of profits to help build toilets for the 2.3 billion people who don’t have one.
If that’s not a reason to contribute I don’t know what is.
17 .Charcoal dental floss
I’ve mentioned this before on another blog post and to be honest I still haven’t tried it yet.
…I do love a good floss and will definitely be giving this a go.
I have found this one on Amazon and it comes in a glass jar which is great as it can be completely recycled.
So there you go. 17 Eco-Friendly Bathroom Ideas.
If there’s anything you think I should add then feel free to leave a comment and I might add it to the list.