If you took the time to read my #20for2020, you already know that this year I am trying to reduce the amount of waste I dispose. While the bathroom might be the smallest room in your house, it can create a whole lot of waste. Before jumping into the list, I do want to take a second and discourage you from heading into the bathroom and tossing out everything that’s made out of plastic. Wouldn’t that be wasteful by default? Zero waste lifestyle won’t happen overnight. My advice is to use up what you have (all of it!), and purchase zero waste products as needed. Okay, now that I got that off my chest, I’m ready to show you my favourite zero waste or sustainable bathroom products.
While Lush has been popular in the UK for quite some time, it is just now gaining people’s favour in the States as well. This particular shampoo bar leaves your hair clean, shiny, and smelling amazing! The best part about this product? Absolutely no packaging! Lush also carries conditioner bars, but since my hair is short, I can get by without it — though I might try it one day.
In the United States alone, it is estimated that over 1 billion plastic toothbrushes will end up in landfills every year. Sadly, all this plastic somehow makes its way into our oceans. Millions of animals die every year because they digest our non-biodegradable waste. Why would you wanna stick PVC in your mouth several times a day anyway? Want to make the switch? You can try these Charcoal Bamboo Toothbrushes! You won’t regret it.
Pachafetti Bar Soap
Made with sustainably produced palm oil, wild harvested unrefined Shea butter, and hydrating castor seed oil, this is an amazing gluten-free, cruelty-free, and vegan product without SLS, parabens, or sulphates. It keeps my skin perfectly hydrated, and the lovely lemongrass scent leaves a smile on my face every time I use it. I get this product from Whole Foods, but I did some research, and you can get it from the manufacturer’s website as well.
Dutchess Menstrual Cup
Thanks to Generation Good’s period campaign, I started paying attention to the materials store-bought menstrual products are made of. Sure, you can buy eco-friendly, organic tampons and pads, but there are numerous reasons you should switch to menstrual cups. For example, it is much better for your body — tampons absorb over 30% of your natural moisture, causing a pH imbalance. It is also better for the environment. One cup can last you a decade! Imagine not having to buy any menstrual products until 2030. According to the GoingZeroWaste blog, by switching to a menstrual cup, you’re diverting at the least 2,880 tampons and pads from the landfill.
Now, just like with tampons, there is a learning curve with menstrual cups. I remember watching about a dozen YouTube videos on how to insert/remove your menstrual cup, but I was still quite freaked out when I had to actually do it. Now, couple months later, I would never go back to tampons. I only have to change my cup twice a day, and there is never any smell or leaking. There are many different brands of menstrual cups on the market. It is best to do your research before you settle on one. I personally use the Dutchess Menstrual Cup.
Though my bathroom is not completely sustainable or zero-waste (it’s actually nowhere near it), I am very happy about the little steps I have taken so far. As I mentioned already, this lifestyle won’t happen overnight, but every step you take towards better environment counts!