5 Bathroom Swaps for Aspiring Zero-Wasters

5 Bathroom Swaps for Aspiring Zero-Wasters
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The Average American goes through 656 bars of soap, 198 bottles of shampoo, and 156 toothbrushes in a lifetime (National Geographic).

 

The way I see it, we have 2 clear options here….either stop being so damn clean 😉 or switch out our plastic-ridden toiletries for greener options. Now, rule #1 of sustainable living is: use what you got till you can’t squeeze anymore juice out of it. THEN, find a sustainable replacement. So here are 5 Swaps you can make in the bathroom to lower your waste (once your current essentials run out). And just a heads up, these alternatives require no more effort than the ones you currently have.

  

Reusable Wipes and Cotton Rounds 

This one is probably more for the ladies: swapping out cotton balls and facial wipes for reusable ones is a super simple switch that you’ll barely even notice. The cotton rounds below are made by the Creekside Kid who has an amazing Etsy shop—everything is hand made and machine washable. Simply use the wipes and throw them in the laundry. Its the exact same thing you were doing before, except you never have to buy replacements. 

 
Image of Organic Hemp and Cotton Facial Rounds

 


Package-Free Soap

These Good soaps are just $2 a pop at Whole Foods and you can buy them with zero packaging!! Plus they have tons of different scents (Irish spring ain’t got shit on this stuff!!) If you can’t get a “naked soap”, try to get one wrapped in recyclable paper. **Farmer’s markets usually have a great selection of artisanal soaps made with minimal packaging and ingredients.

 
 Image of a hand holding a bar of soap

 Shampoo Bar

Who said shampoo has to come in liquid form? What if it came in a bar, just like our soap? Based on the current US population, if we all switched to shampoo bars, we could eliminate 63.9 Billion empty shampoo bottles from going to the landfill. I wanna make that happen, don’t you?

The SoapWorks has a shampoo bar that retails at about 2 dollars and can be found in many local health shops, while a Lush Shampoo bar will run you about $12 buckeroos. Here is J.R. Liggett’s Shampoo bar, which you can get on Amazon. People love it and it won’t break the bank.

Image of 3 bars of J.R. Liggetts Shampoo
J.R. Liggetts Shampoo Bar

Metal Safety Razor 

The average cost of shaving with a disposable or cartridge razor (like Bic/Gillette) is over $100 a year (Sharpologist). That’s a lot! And we haven’t even talked about how wasteful those types of razors are. Their blades are designed to go dull after a few weeks, which is why “over 2 billion disposable plastic razors are thrown out each year in the U.S. alone” (Albatross).  

So let’s talk solutions: how about a razor that’s less expensive than buying disposables, made entirely out of metal, will last a lifetime, has insanely cheap replacement blades (15¢ a pop!) and can be recycled? Sounds to good to be true, right? Our grandparents (and maybe even our parents) used metal safety razors…and today, we’re bringing it back! 

I use one by Albatross, which comes with 10 high-quality razor blades, and the replacements are super cheap (as mentioned above). The safety feature on top of the blade protects you from cutting yourself, just like your disposable blade would. Here’s what it looks like:

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Image of an Albatross Metal Safety Razor with a Hemp drawstring carrying case 
 
  

I’ve saved the best for last…

Bamboo Toothbrush

This is one of the easiest swaps you can make to your bathroom routine: Bamboo toothbrushes are equivalent to plastic toothbrushes in every aspect (including price!), except for one thing…they’re compostable. My personal favorite is Woobamboo, but Brush with Bamboo is another great option which comes in completely compostable packaging, even the wrapper. There’s no plastic B.S. here!

Image of a Bamboo Toothbrush made by Brush with Bamboo


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Thanks for reading! If you have any questions or comments, you can post a comment below.



4 thoughts on “5 Bathroom Swaps for Aspiring Zero-Wasters”

  • Thanks for sharing all these useful tips, didnt know about the shampoo soap, will definitely try that out and also the bamboo toothbrush! Its incredible how ignorant we actually are and dont know or dont see all the things that are in front of us and how much we can do with so little effort to live more sustainable.

    • Hey Aleksandra! I’m so happy you found a few useful tips. I found that once we gain an awareness in one aspect of our lives (with the environment but it probably applies to anything), that awareness starts to poke its head into other aspects of our lives and then we start to rethink how we do things. Becoming more environmentally aware tends to sneak its way throughout your daily life…in a good way! 🙂

  • I had very long hair for a while and I was going through amazing amounts of shampoo and conditioner. At some point, I realized it probably would add up to 20 bottles or more a year! I switched to bar shampoo and I find it is just fine for my hair. I was using apple cider vinegar as a rinse with silk proteins, but I overdid the ACV and fried my hair a bit. Dilution is key!

    • Hey Amery, I’ve been using shampoo bars for about 3 months now and I absolutely love it. Some people say their hair gets a film after a while of using them, but I have not found that to be the case, but perhaps its the specific shampoo bar I use. I also use ACV about once a month or so. I’m curious which shampoo bar you use. I have a few options for shampoo bars and ACV up on the website. You can check them out here if you’re interested 🙂

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