Been sustainable is a lot easier than you think! In absolutely every area of our lives we can do our part for our little planet by choosing to live more sustainably. After writing a blog post on how to be sustainable as a mum, I thought I would continue with a ‘How To Be Sustainable’ series and share 11 simple ideas on how to be sustainable in the bathroom!
1. Recycle Bin
How many times do you actually pick through your bathroom bin to pull out the cardboard insert for the toilet roll or that shampoo bottle at the bottom of the bin? Nine times out of ten, it goes straight into the regular waste bin, right? It is really worthwhile having a small recycle bin in your bathroom so that, (a) you don’t have to sift through a gross bin and (b) so that you will actual recycle! Make some room under you bathroom sink and pop one under there!
2. Use Bars of Soaps
Bars of soap come in cardboard boxes which are easier to recycle and break done much quicker than the plastic bottles that liquid hand soap comes in. If you really don’t want to change to bars of soap, then consider buying your liquid soap in a bulk size and refilling a reusable soap bottle rather than buying small individual bottles each time you need one. You can also replace your bottle of shower gel with a bar of soap too!
3. Bamboo Toothbrush
Did you know that it takes over 400 years for a plastic toothbrush to break down? It is recommended that you change your toothbrush every three months, that is a lot of wasted plastic. Changing to a bamboo toothbrush can save a lot of waste. These bamboo toothbrushes last the same length as a regular disposable toothbrush.
4. Don’t Leave the Water Running
Probably by far the easiest change to make – turn the tap off while you are brushing your teeth – simple!
5. Use Reusable Face Pads
Another easy switch to make! Using a bamboo reusable face pad to cleanse you face or put on your toner is a great way to cut back on waste. There are so many types of reusable face pads out there you will be spoilt for choice! These are machine washable and air dry in no time.
6. Get Rid of The Face Wipes
If you use these makeup removing face cloths, you will never need or want to use a face wipes again! I have used these for a couple of years now and I absolutely love them! All you have to do is soak it in water and then simply wipe off your makeup. They really do get all your makeup off! These are also machine washable and last a long time.
7. Bars of Shampoo
An alternative to using shampoo in plastic bottles. This is next on my list to try after I use up the shampoo that I have. Have you tried shampoo bars? If you have, let me know which ones you love in the comments below so i can check them out!
8. Bamboo Cotton Buds
A much more eco friendly choice. I know cotton buds have many handy uses, but consider using something different or if you do, use bamboo ones!
9. Choose Sustainable Skincare
I am really getting into my skincare and the range of skincare out there can be quite overwhelming. In all my researching of brands of moisturisers, eye creams, cleansers etc. there are lots of great sustainable brands out there. Some are sustainable in the production of their products; some are sustainable with their packaging and some give back to the environment. Shop around and you can find some great brands that are doing their bit for the environment!
10. Choose A Shower Over a Bath
There is nothing nicer than a long soak in a hot tub, but did you know that filling a bath uses a lot more water than having a shower (provided you are not having a 20 minute shower!). Changing up your routine and swapping your bath for a shower can make a difference.
11. Ditch the Disposable Razors
Yes they are cheaper, but they are also incredibly wasteful! Buying a decent razor that only requires replacement heads is a little more of an environmentally friendly option. Using an epilator, waxing or laser hair removal are more eco friendly options.
If you enjoyed these 11 simple ideas on how to be sustainable in the bathroom, then check out my other post – ‘How To Be Sustainable As A Mum’.