The products in our bathroom can be huge offenders when it comes to single-use plastic waste. But they don’t have to be! Go eco-friendly in your bathroom and reduce your plastic waste with these top-quality (mostly) plastic-free bathroom essentials...
The bathroom is a difficult place to keep completely plastic-free. Because we wanted to give you as thorough a list of bathroom essentials as possible, there are a few instances where plastic shows up. But overall, we believe each of these options is much better for the environment than the conventional products you'll find in mainstream shops.
1. Feminine Care:
Gone are the days when we had to rely on plastic-filled (not to mention pesticide-filled) pads and tampons during our periods. Now, we can see to our monthly needs without sending a single bit of plastic waste into the environment.
It’s simple to maintain: during your cycle, empty the cup into the toilet and rinse under the tap before reinserting; just before and just after your period, sterilise it in a pot of boiling water to keep it safe to use.
Biodegradable Pads and Tampons:
Step into the personal care section of most high street shops and you’re likely to meet row upon row of plastic packaging. And a good deal of this plastic—particularly spring loaded pump heads and certain parts of deodorant tubes—aren’t even recyclable. Ditch the plastic altogether with these great products...
A bar of soap will go a long way by the bathroom sink or in the shower. Best of all, these bars—from Miss Maureen's, Suma and Dr Bronner's—are made with gentle, nourishing ingredients that cleanse without stripping your body of its essential natural oils.
The solid shampoo bars from The Soapbox Project clean and condition hair and leave it smelling fantastic with the loveliest essential oils. Wrapped in a compostable film, they're a brilliant way to improve your environmental footprint in the bathroom and nurture gorgeous hair.
Not only do these lovely plastic-free deodorants from Ben & Anna, Pit Putty and Warrior Botanicals come in plastic-free packaging, but they contain only gentle, natural ingredients—no toxic or harsh chemicals—that work with your body to banish odors and keep you feeling fresh.
3. Cotton and Paper Single-use Items
When it comes to single-use paper-based products in the bathroom, we have to compromise a bit; aside from the plasters which are 100% plastic-free, we’ve yet to find package-free/plastic-free versions of these products that are affordable to buy on a regular basis.
The good news is that most of the plastics used for these products is either biodegradable or made from raw renewable materials.
The even better news is that even though conventional cotton requires an excessive use of pesticides, these products, including the cotton wool, are organic and much healthier for the environment.
While there is a panel of plastic in the Organyc cotton buds container, the packaging is made with recyclable and biodegradable materials and the cotton buds themselves are 100% biodegradable and plastic-free so they won't end up like this.
The sustainable bamboo toilet roll is even made from a type of bamboo that isn't part of a panda bear's diet, and it's wrapped in oxo-biodegradable plastic.
4. Bathroom Tools
The majority of bathroom tools are made with plastic and wear out so fast! These options are made with natural materials and designed to last a very long time.
To use the organic linen massage soap bag, simply pop in your bar of soap, wet, lather and use all over the body for a gentle exfoliating treatment. By storing your soap inside the bag, you’re sure to use every last bit.
The natural linen and flax massage gloves exfoliate the skin and improve circulation while you wash, so you’ll leave the shower feeling softer and smoother.
Body and Hair Care Accessories:
The Forster’s wooden body brush and wooden combs do in fact come in plastic packaging (we look forward to the day when this is the exception rather than the norm), but they are made of organic, sustainable beechwood that will last for years to come. We believe the one-time purchase with the plastic packaging is a better choice for the environment than their plastic counterparts that often don't last as long.
And the Memo wooden nail brush is made of sustainable beech and sturdy fibre bristles and doesn't come in plastic packaging.
5. Dental care:
Until recently, there just weren’t that many options when it came to eliminating plastic from your dental hygiene routine. But all that’s changed now!
Plastic-Free Toothpaste and Floss
The plastic-free toothpastes, whitening powders and mouthwash from Ben & Anna are vegan and cruelty-free and made with only natural ingredients and refreshing oils and extracts to keep your pearly whites sparkling.
Woobamboo dental floss keeps yards and yards of plastic floss out of the environment. The silk floss with its natural wax coating is 100% biodegradable and packaged in a plant-based shell that serves as the floss dispenser as well!
Gone are the days when you had to bin a plastic toothbrush every 3 months. Now you can have a Humble Brush with a bamboo handle and BPA-free nylon bristles that are 100% biodegradable.
There’s also another option, Yaweco toothbrushes with replaceable heads, while not 100% plastic-free, they're much more environmentally-friendly than conventional toothbrushes. The handles are made mostly of bio-plastic; once you have one, you keep it and simply replace the head every few months.
It starts with you
We truly believe it’s the small changes in our daily lives that will make all the difference. Even the smallest change, such as changing to silk floss, can make your home more eco-friendly and keep lots of plastic waste out of our beautiful, incredible environment. It starts with one change, and it starts with you.