Switch to a more sustainable bathroom: here's how
When it comes to living more sustainably, it is not about everyone doing it perfectly, it is about many people doing 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 changes to a more sustainable home. It is easy to find simple swaps that once made, make your bathroom a more environmentally friendly place.
Swap out your toothbrush
The humble toothbrush might not seem like an environmental issue. When you consider though that each year, in the US alone, a billion toothbrushes are thrown out! These are primarily made of plastic and therefore do not biodegrade. It’s not just the disposal of plastic toothbrushes that it the problem though. Toothbrushes are made of plastics and rubber in a manufacturing process which leaks all kinds of harmful by-products and depletes the world’s supply of crude oil.
Go for the bamboo
The bamboo toothbrush, such as this one from Georganics is made from 100% biodegradable and compostable bamboo. It’s naturally antibacterial and its white medium bristles are made from BPA-free Nylon-6. It also comes in recyclable and compostable cardboard, no plastic here!
Trade up your toothpaste
Though it might not seem like it, toothpaste can be an environmental issue. 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. Natural toothpaste, such as this one from Georganics, contains peppermint oil which research has found to be extremely effective at killing anaerobic bacteria - the kind that thrives in the mouth. What’s more, the packaging is completely plastic-free and recyclable or bio-degradable.
Have a green wash
Your body wash is likely to come in a plastic bottle - one that is of no use once you’re done with it. Think of all the plastic waste that generates! What’s more, liquid soaps take up to five times more energy to produce than solid soap bars.
Swap to an eco-friendly soap bar
Discover our range of eco-friendly soap bars from the incredible folks over at Primal Suds, Soapnuts and Nuts Organic. Free from nasties such as palm oil, paraben, sulphate, triclosan, and phthalate these vegan and cruelty-free soaps are not only good for your body, they’re also good for the environment. We also sell a solid shaving bar, from the good folks at Lamazuna - a great replacement for plastic packaged shaving foam - click here to find out more.
While straws and plastic bags might dominate the headlines, when it comes to plastic pollution menstrual products are also part of the problem. On average a woman is estimated to use around 10,000 pads or tampons during her lifetime. These products, in the case of pads, are about 90% plastic - around equal to four supermarket bags, while tampons have components made of polyester and often come with plastic applicators.
Switch to menstrual cups or organic tampons
We sell eco-friendly, organic cotton tampons from the amazing people over at &Sisters. These tampons contain no synthetics, harmful chemicals, perfumes or colourants. They are also hypoallergenic and pH neutral for sensitive skin. Rather than a plastic applicator, they come with a smooth cardboard applicator that has a soft rounded tip for easy insertion and are uniquely woven for maximum absorbency with a veil to prevent fibre shedding.
We also sell period cups from &Sisters. These are a great eco-friendly, no waste and economical alternative to tampons and pads. They give up to 12 hours protection and are made from hypoallergenic, medical-grade silicone, they are non-toxic, latex and BPA-free and come packaged in a cardboard tube (for hygenic reasons they come with a tiny bit of recyclable plastic packaging around the cup). What is more, 10% of profits go to supporting women’s health and education. These are available in Small, Medium and Large sizes, click through on our menstrual cups to see our size guide.
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, the humble toilet brush is yet another part 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.
Swap to an Eco Living Toilet Brush
Swap to an Eco-Living toilet brush and reduce the amount of plastic in the world. Our toilet brush holders, available in cream or silver, are made from metal and are reusable and recyclable.
Our plastic-free toilet brush, also from the folks over at Eco-Living are 100% plastic-free. Made with 100% plant-based bristles, this toilet brush won’t shed micro-plastics into the ocean when it is used. What’s more, when you are done with it, our toilet brush is fully compostable and is handmade in Germany.
More top cleaning 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.
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