8 Plastic-Free Bathroom Swaps
It’s Plastic-Free July, and you know what that means? Plenty of reasons to feel guilty about your failures as an eco-friendly consumer, if we’re being brutally honest. We understand that it’s difficult to be perfect (well actually, it’s impossible) and we get that there are going to be slip-ups along the way. The important thing is that we’re all trying to do better so we can clean up our act (in more ways than one).
It’s Plastic-Free July, and you know what that means? Plenty of reasons to feel guilty about your failures as an eco-friendly consumer, if we’re being brutally honest. You can read all about that type of guilt in our recent Insta post.
We understand that it’s difficult to be perfect (well actually, it’s impossible) and we get that there are going to be slip-ups along the way. The important thing is that we’re all trying to do better so we can clean up our act (in more ways than one). So instead of bombarding you with 1,000 unrealistic ways to stop plastic use now, this series, Plastic Not-So-Fantastic, will provide you with weekly updates on how you can reduce your plastic use in each area of the home with simple swaps.
It doesn’t mean you have to throw away all the plastic products in your home and go out and purchase new alternatives (that actually wouldn’t be very sustainable), it simply means that the next time you go to purchase these household items, you can refer to this series and make the switch in time.
This week, we’re taking a look inside your bathroom and discovering the plastic-free bathroom alternatives that you can pop on your shopping list the next time you need to buy them. So, wrap that towel around you, throw your dirty undies in the hamper and give the toilet bowl a scrub, we’re coming in!
01. Period products
Think about the number of tampons and pads you’ve disposed of since your first period. After a quick Google search, we discovered it’s about 9,600 tampons for each of us over a lifetime. We think that’s bloody terrible (pun definitely intended). Not to mention the fact that many of these products are bleached and fragranced meaning the chance of absorbing toxins into the body is much higher. The safer and environmentally-friendly alternatives are menstrual cups, reusable cloth pads and period underwear. There are plenty of options available online, but we personally recommend the Organicup and have heard great things about Modibodi period underwear.
02. Ditch those Shampoo & Conditioner Products
Shampoo and conditioner tends to come in plastic bottles that are thrown in the bin once empty without a second thought. We are huge fans of bar shampoo and conditioner, which takes a while to get used to, but works just as well and smells just as amazing. Be sure to stick to brands that come in cardboard or no packaging at all. Our personal favourite is the 100% Australian made Nuebar.
03. That body wash? Ditch it
While we’re on the topic of disposable bottles, body wash is another nasty culprit when it comes to plastic waste. We’re huge fans of the good old bar of soap over any body wash in a plastic bottle, even the pretty ones (sorry Aesop—we love your aesthetic but the plastic’s gotta go). With so many fragrances available, you’ll be treating yourself to a little indulgence every time you buy a new bar. Our favourite has to be Thank You. The bars are huge, so not only do they go a long way and smell delicious, but they also donate 100% of profits to help end global poverty.
We promised no doom and gloom, but this one is too huge not to share. Did you know it’s believed that we throw away 2 billion razors every year?! The solution? Safety razors. Not only do they reduce the amount of plastic from going to landfill, they also look sleek and luxurious in your bathroom. Our all time favourite is Kappi, it’s sleek, stylish and makes your skin silky smooth. Grab yours here. Cheers to that.
05. Your Toothbrush and floss?
Until the recent increase in natural alternatives, most of us didn’t give our regular old plastic toothbrush second thought. Luckily, a lot of us are making the switch to bamboo and timber alternatives. Again, we can’t go past Kappi for their Eco Bamboo toothbrushes. And for floss, we absolutely adore our Water Flosser that works like a high pressure cleaner for the mouth and means no plastic floss thrown in the trash.
06. Did you know makeup wipes are often made from plastic?
Most makeup wipes are made using polyester and while they’re a small part of your routine, they make up for a lot of waste in landfill. A no-brainer alternative is a good old fashioned washcloth (or flannel depending where you’re from) and cleanser combo that exfoliates as it cleans your skin. We also highly recommend ethically sourced, hemp and cotton reusable makeup pads from Ekko Skin.
07. Homemade beauty products
At the start of the month, we invested in the book I Quit Plastics by Kate Nelson to help us with Plastic Free July. Not only does it feature plenty of tips to cut waste, live clean and change the world, it also includes heaps of recipes for homemade beauty products—of both the skincare and makeup variety. Homemade options mean you don’t have to head to shops and purchase a new plastic container each time your favourite moisturiser runs out. And for some people, natural products are actually more beneficial to their skin! Our mates over at The Essentials Club have a great article on DIY facial scrubs here.
08. No more plastic wrapping around your toilet paper
Although toilet paper is rarely made from plastic, it does tend to come in plastic packaging. The answer is Who Gives A Crap? And their toilet subscription service that started when the founders realised 2.3 billion people across the world don’t have access to a toilet. Not only is this a great plastic alternative, Who Gives A Crap also donates 50% of their profits to help build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world.
What’s your favourite plastic-free swap for the bathroom? Let us know in the comments below and join in with our community on socials as we discuss more alternatives all month.