Plastic is near enough everywhere nowadays. It’s almost impossible to escape it as you go down the aisles in your local supermarket, especially when buying products for your bathroom.
Toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, menstrual items and that’s not even tapping into shampoo, body wash, soap and other beauty items! All of this can seem a little overwhelming, and can easily add to the ever-growing feelings of climate anxiety. Especially knowing that one toothbrush will take hundreds of years to biodegrade and in doing so, shed microplastics into oceans and ultimately our food chain.
Tips and tricks…
1. Shampoo and conditional bars
When you first switch to an all-natural shampoo and conditioner bar, it can take a short amount of time for your hair to get used to it. This is usually between a week or two depending on how often you wash your hair. Some shampoo bars need an ‘acid rinse’ to restore the natural PH of your hair. This can include a watered-down spray of apple cider vinegar (don’t worry the smell doesn’t last) before conditioning. It’s best to go for a transition free bar - like this one - to begin with as it takes less time for your hair to adjust!
The bristles on most wooden toothbrushes aren’t easy to recycle. That’s why we opted for beechwood toothbrushes from Georganics. Once your toothbrush is at the end of its life, simply snap the head off (use the handle as a plant marker!) and save. Once you’ve collected 10 heads, you can send them back via Freepost to Georganics who have teamed up with Terracycle UK to recycle them properly!
3. Reuse and repurpose
Always choose to reuse and repurpose where you can. Use your old plastic bottles at refill shops to reuse as much as possible. Try and stay away from single-use products like cotton wool pads and baby wipes and instead use reusable machine-washable items.
4. Plastic free cleaning
Finalise your eco-friendly bathroom routine by cleaning with natural and plastic-free products! Why not try a water-soluble ‘pod’ of concentrated cleaner over a new plastic bottle? Alternatively, you can use all-natural cleaners like vinegar and bicarbonate of soda!
5. Menstrual Pads
Menstrual items aren’t as scary as you’d think, switching to a ‘green’ alternative can not only save you money in the long run but can also save the environment and wildlife from discarded items. If you want a full breakdown of using plastic-free menstrual pads, we have a whole blog post on it here.
Even if you take small steps in your bathroom or home, you’re helping to make a difference and impact on the plastic pollution issue. Why not try one switch a month? This way you can still implement change but in manageable steps.
If you have any questions about how to transition to a plastic-free bathroom, please feel free to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or via our social media channels @greenpeareco
Don’t forget to take a look at our handy checklist as a reminder of where you can reduce single-use plastic in your bathroom!
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