Today’s Solutions: November 30, 2023

We recently shared a guide to making your kitchen more sustainable. Now, we bring you the bathroom edition with 9 changes to make your bathroom routine more sustainable. 

  1. Get a bamboo toothbrush. These plastic-free alternatives let you clean your pearly whites without dirtying the planet. They can be found at most health-food stores or online. 
  2. Toothpaste bits. Sold by Bite and Lush, these individual toothpaste tabs come in recyclable glass jars or metal cans to minimize waste. Some waste-free grocery stores will even stock them in bulk. Powdered toothpaste and DIY toothpaste recipes are also an option. 
  3. Reusable razors. An estimated 2 billion plastic razors and refill blades end up in the landfill every year. Switching from plastic razors to one with a replaceable head is a great start, and you can even go one step further with this all-metal recyclable version from Leaf.
  4. Compostable cotton swabs. England recently enacted a ban on plastic cotton buds, but no matter where you live, entirely compostable swabs, like these from Humankind, are a great planet-friendly option. 
  5. Reusable cotton rounds. While you most likely won’t be buying reusable cotton buds, reusable cotton rounds and washcloths are effective waste-free replacements for disposable rounds and single-use makeup wipes. 
  6. Soap and shampoo bars. More and more beauty lines are coming out with bars to replace traditional plastic shampoo bottles. Pair this with paper-packaged bar soap, and you’ll eliminate a great amount of plastic from your shower routine. 
  7. Sustainable cleaners. Non-toxic bathroom cleaners are better for the Earth and your health. Circular economy bonus points if you get them from a refillable brand, like this one from PUR Home.
  8. Cutting down water use. Low-flow toilets and showerheads can significantly cut down on your water use, for a more sustainable and affordable water bill. If these upgrades aren’t in your budget, start by being mindful of shower length, and turn off the water while you shave, brush your teeth, and wash your face. 
  9. Recycled toilet paper. This one is green and way less gross than it sounds. Recycled toilet paper is better for the planet and our sewer system, and you probably won’t even notice a difference from traditional toilet paper. Check out these rolls to learn more. 

Small changes in our own homes is a great way to cut down on our personal plastic and carbon footprints and support ethical brands. Try out these easy solutions to make your bathroom more eco-friendly today!

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