Going zero-waste is often close to impossible. However, I use the term ‘zero-waste’ as a concept that we should be aiming towards. By trying to eliminate as much waste and by consuming products more consciously we are able to reduce our waste almost down to nothing. This is the aim.
I searched on Etsy for some products that have helped me and that could inspire you to make some changes in your life (starting with your bathroom).Follow
Achieving a zero-waste lifestyle does not always mean buying super expensive organic products. Sometimes the most simple changes can also save you money… even if the “zero-waste” swap seems like a small investment now. You and the planet will reap the benefits in the long term.
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Re-useable Cotton Pads Stuff like cotton pads are extremely disposable. It’s a single-use item you can easily swap for these convenient re-useable cotton (also available in hemp and bamboo fabric) pads. Just add them to your regular washing load.
Metal Safety Razor Another disposable we can make last a lifetime with this metal safety razor. This maker, with Ocean Blue Project, collects 1 lb of beach trash and recycles it for every product they sell! Love! Make sure you dispose of the razors responsibly.
Ear Cleaner / Wax remover When I was travelling in Borneo (Malaysia) I was shocked at the amount of plastic that polluted the seas. But more shocked at the amount of tiny plastic objects that washed up onto the beaches. From lollipop sticks and straws to ear cotton buds. These are the worst kind for our depleting marine wildlife. Try out these re-useable ear cleaners and why not get it personalised!
Soap Bars & Dish One of my first bathroom swaps was changing my soaps. I opted for soap bars and shampoo bars to reduce the number of toiletry bottles that were accumulating in the house. With soap bars, you definitely need a good soap dish to prevent it from getting slimy and melting away. Opt for materials like wood rather than plastic soap dishes that are easier to decompose when you cannot use anymore. They are also more durable so will be with you for a long time.
Natural Loofah Did you know that the real loofah is actually a gourd-like fruit that grows where I live! It has a natural spongey texture that will gently exfoliate the skin. It is completely plant-based and can be composted when you cannot use it anymore. Time to get rid of the synthetic fibres and indulge in a natural bathing experience.
Bamboo Toothbrush Regular toothbrushes cannot be recycled. Switch to bamboo toothbrushes instead that are 100% biodegradable. These are also infused in activated charcoal for improved teeth whitening and cleaning.
Swap toothpaste tubes for natural, eco-friendly options like this tooth powder. When you’re done, wash the jar and re-use it to refrigerate your favourite sauce or make a coffee scrub from used coffee grounds.
Re-useable Pump Bottles Make your own liquid hand soap/body wash and store in attractive re-usable pump bottles. Making my own products has drastically reduced the amount of household waste and also saved money!
Eco-friendly Menstruation: Ditch the tampons and plastic pads and welcome the menstruation cup and re-usable panty liners. On average, women typically use between 12,000 to 16,000 disposable menstrual products during their lifetime, and recent research suggests that this can add up to a staggering £18,000 (c.20,000 euro). Since switching to the menstruation cup I have saved over 1000 tampons (4 years) from finding its way to the landfill and have saved over 200 euro in menstrual products. This switch is definitely a win-win-win for all. If you have any questions about my experience with the menstruation cup please feel free to get in touch.
Soap Nuts: make your own personal care and cleaning products with soap nuts such as body soap, shampoo, floor cleaner, bathroom spray ….! These little nuts have been a life changer, especially when cleaning the house. They are also my go-to when my shampoo has run out! Learn how to make a soap nut concentrate – for shampoo, simply whizz a cup of concentrate and add your favourite essential oils.
Adopting a zero-waste lifestyle is a journey. You start by making small changes and swaps and slowly change your mindset and your consumer behaviour. It will take time, don’t feel overwhelmed. Start small … these small actions will have a big impact. Read How to transition to a zero-waste lifestyle.
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