If you don't live a zero waste lifestyle there is always room for improvement when it comes to caring for the planet.
Reducing unnecessary waste can seem overwhelming, but the bathroom is a good place to start.
Often a hiding place for one-way and non-recyclable packaging, even tiny adjustments can make a big difference.
Follow our simple switches to make your bathroom greener.
Did you find a product you love? If possible, choose larger sizes to save money and reduce packaging waste.
Larger sizes often contain twice the product with just a fraction more packaging than their smaller counterpart.
Embracing reusable products
Choosing reusable alternatives wherever possible is one of the easiest ways to make your bathroom more environmentally friendly.
Try swapping cotton balls or bandages for muslin wipes to remove makeup.
Time to replace a disposable razor? Invest in a safety razor made of stainless steel. Not only are they a cheaper method of linting, recycling centers also accept old razor blades for recycling.
Greet metal, wood and glass
Sometimes it is difficult to avoid plastic, but take a quick look in your bathroom and you will surely find things that can be converted to metal, wood or glass – easily recyclable or biodegradable materials.
Even the humble toothbrush can get a makeover; Try wooden or bamboo handles with BPA-free polymer bristles or toothbrushes made from 100% recycled plastic.
If you want to go one step further, go for toilet paper wrapped in paper instead of plastic and swap the plastic pump action hand soaps for a good old piece of olive oil soap.
It could also be good news for your skin!
Choose a greener way of cleaning
Air fresheners, shaving foams, hair sprays … Thanks to a widespread ban on chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), aerosols are far less harmful than before.
But substitute fuels can still cause environmental damage and are also highly flammable.
Dig cans of shaving cream for a gentle body wash and hang fresh eucalyptus near the shower to make things smell fresh.
Sometimes it is difficult to avoid. If waste is inevitable, make sure you recycle!
Rinse all plastic containers before recycling and check the recycling number on the bottom to make sure your community accepts them.