When it comes to living more sustainably, it is not about everyone doing it perfectly. It is, however, about getting many people to do it imperfectly. One of the easiest ways to start living in a more sustainable manner is to make small changes in your household. The best way to do this is to look at each room in your house and consider what you can swap out for a more environmentally friendly alternative. In this week’s blog, we are going to be looking at the sustainable changes that we can make in the bathroom.
Read on to learn more.
Switching To A More Sustainable Bathroom:
The bathroom is a great place to start making sustainable changes. And, with so many eco-alternatives, it has never been easier.
Swap out your toothbrush:
The humble toothbrush might not seem like an environmental issue. However, when you consider that each year in the US alone, a billion toothbrushes are thrown out, you may change your perspective.
The common toothbrush is primarily made of plastic and therefore, it does not biodegrade.
It’s not just the disposal of plastic toothbrushes that is the problem. Even the process of making the toothbrush can be harmful. This is because they are made of plastics and rubber. In the manufacturing process, they can leak all harmful by-products while depleting the world’s supply of crude oil.
Go for bamboo:
There are a ton of different toothbrush options that are made from 100% biodegradable and compostable bamboo.
It is naturally antibacterial and some options even offer plastic free bristles.
You can also find other exciting sustainable bathroom swaps in bamboo such as these cotton swabs pictured above.
Trade up your toothpaste:
Though it might not seem like it from the outside, toothpaste can be an environmental issue too.
Some of the ingredients in toothpaste can be problematic.
Sodium pyrophosphate, for example, contains phosphorus. This is one of the reasons for excessive algal growth in waterways when used water is drained down the sink. These decomposing algae take oxygen away from the water and create a dead zone where no marine animals can live.
Choose natural toothpaste:
Natural, vegan and cruelty-free toothpaste made from non-toxic materials is the perfect swap for your normal toothpaste. Some natural toothpastes contain peppermint oil which research has found to be extremely effective at killing anaerobic bacteria – the kind that thrives in the mouth.
You can also find alternatives which have completely plastic-free and recyclable or biodegradable packaging.
Have a green wash:
Your body wash is likely to come in a single-use plastic bottle – one that is of absolutely no use once you’re done with the contents inside of it.
Think of all the plastic waste that generates!
Swap to an eco-friendly soap bar:
There are a lot of eco-friendly soaps for your choosing. With incredible options from brands such as Primal Suds, Soapnuts and Nuts Organic, you really are spoiled for choice.
Once you open up to the world of eco-friendly soaps, you realise how many ingredients you were putting on your skin and down the drain – a lot of them being, well, not great. This includes palm oil, paraben, sulphate and triclosan.
The next time you purchase soap, take an extra moment to consider its impact on the planet.
While straws and plastic bags might dominate the headlines, when it comes to plastic pollution menstrual products are also part of the problem.
Lucky for us, there are alternatives.
Switch to menstrual cups or organic tampons:
Reusable pads and organic tampons offer a great solution for menstruators. It can feel liberating having power over what we put in our body and into the planet.
Period cups are also phenomenal for a zero-waste option.
They can give up to 12 hours protection and most are made from hypoallergenic, medical-grade silicone, they are non-toxic, latex and BPA-free.
Brush with a clean conscience:
Hidden in the corner of your bathroom is probably the innocent-looking toilet brush.
While it might not look like much, this is yet another culprit of the plastic problem.
When thinking about the issue of plastic pollution, remember it is not just the disposal of plastic that is the problem – it is also the creation.
Across the world, plastic production grew from some 1.5 million tonnes (about 1.7 million tons) per year in 1950 to an estimated 275 million tonnes (303.1 million tons) by 2010 and 381 million tonnes (420 million tons) by 2015.
Your toilet brush is just one of these millions and millions of pieces of plastic produced each year.
More Top Tips:
One of the most eco-friendly ways to make your bathroom more sustainable is to switch out your cleaning products for a mixture of white wine vinegar and baking soda.
This mixture is great for cleaning surfaces such as taps, sinks, and toilets. A mixture of white wine vinegar, cornstarch, and warm water also works as a great window cleaner.
Another “non-swap” option is to try using a timer in the shower. This way you can be more conscious of the amount of time and water you’re using.
You can also hang a reusable bag on your bathroom door to store your empty shower bottles. This will act as an easy recycle bag once it’s full. You can simply dump the bottles into their recycling bin. And, as always, the most eco-friendly option is the one you already own. So, make sure to use what you have until it is on its last leg before you make your eco swap.