5 Bathroom Swaps for Aspiring Zero-Wasters
4 Minute Read.
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.
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.
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.
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:
I’ve saved the best for last…
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!