Hello everybody! I recently made a video about MY ZERO WASTE BATHROOM TOUR – yeah it’s supposed to be in all caps, kind of like I am shouting at you. Don’t take it personally though. I loved the response you guys had on the video, turn out, I am not the only one who can get super excited about a toilet brush. That’s good to know.
Personally, I think the kitchen and the bathroom are two areas that often need zero waste makeovers. Often times, these places are extremely cluttered in plastic packaging and disposables. Therefore, taking the time to evaluate some of these products can be very beneficial, both economically and sustainably.
Here are some of the first things I replaced in my bathroom:
- The toothbrush: I replaced my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo alternative. I’ve tried quite a few different ones over the years (I am making a review of all the different ones I have tried, so stay tuned)
- Toilet paper: A lot of toilet paper comes in plastic, and often times it is both bleached and from unsustainable sources. I always look for brands that use recycled paper instead, as well as ditches the plastic packaging. If you’re looking to make even less waste, find a bidet attachment to your toilet.
- The paper towels: These can be ditched altogether. Opt for reusables like cotton towels. I get why many people feel uncomfortable ditches toilet paper in favour of reusable alternatives, but paper towels for hand drying and nose blowing is an easy and effortless switch.
- Soap and shampoo: We often assume that soap has to come in plastic packaging. Actually, the liquid soap in plastic container is a pretty new phenomenon and it is easy to live without it. Chose a solid bar of soap instead. Shampoos also come as solid shampoo bars which makes them easy to use and waste-free. And they are easy to travel with too.
- Toothpaste: The conventional paste that most of us use comes in a plastic tube that is impossible to recycle. However, there are several alternatives that you can experiment with. I have been through most of them. I’ve made my own with baking soda and coconut oil. I’ve used the paste from Georganics, I’ve tried a tooth stick from Lamazuma and I’ve used dental tabs – all of which are great alternatives. Check out my YouTube channel for reviews on these products.