Going plastic free in the bathroom is one of the best steps you can take in banishing plastic from your home. It might seem daunting at first – but if you take it easy, and go item by item (and only when you run out – don’t go chucking perfectly good items in the bin!), you’ll soon find yourself with a brand new, natural bathroom kit and routine. These products are not only better for the planet, but they’re also better for you – no more waste and no more nasty chemicals! And although I’ve still got a little way to go to achieve my plastic free dreams, I’m very nearly ALMOST there!
Here’s what’s in my zero waste toiletries bag (so far)…
One of the first switches I made last year was to a shampoo and conditioner bar. These were amazing while I was travelling, as you can shove them in your hand luggage, and don’t have to worry about them when you’re going through security. They also last AGES. When I arrived back home and decided to launch A&O, one of the first items we got in was shampoo bars, as I knew they were so great, and such an important first step in eliminating plastic from the bathroom. We’ve got even more coming soon (as well as conditioner bars), so make sure you check the site in the next few weeks!
For those of you wanting to use an ACV rinse, you’ll want a good spray bottle to have in the shower. I got mine from the lovely Bumble Wrap Goods – an absolutely bargain at just £5! Naturally, they make an excellent pair…
Instead of shower gel, I use a soap bar (also from A&O.) This is such an easy and simple switch, there really is no excuse!
This next product is absolutely genius, and I really have no idea why nobody thought of this until now. Transporting mouthwash with the liquid in the bottle makes absolutely NO SENSE (bigger/heavier bottles = more energy and more CO2 emissions) – especially in the UK where we could literally drink our shower water and survive! These mouthwash tablets from Georganics remove the the water at their end – so you just add it back in in the comfort of your own bathroom, give it a swirl, and minty fresh breath is all yours.
Another change I made early on was to a bamboo toothbrush. This is such an easy switch, and you could save around 300 plastic toothbrushes from heading to landfill. There’s no change in the bristles, so they work just as well as their plastic companions, but you can pull them out with a pair of pliers when you brush comes to the end of its life, and pop the handle in the compost, where it takes around six months to decompose. At A&O, we now plant a tree for every toothbrush we sell, and we have firm and kids brushes arriving soon, as well as plenty of medium brushes in stock – so what are you waiting for?
If, like me, you’re a daily user of cotton buds, I fully recommend these from Hydrophil. Instead of the regular plastic stick, these are made of bamboo (and organic cotton, hallelujah) . You can get paper alternatives in the super market, but a lot of the time they come in plastic tubs, which totally defeats the point, and they can often bend, which isn’t what you need if you’re sticking them in your ears. These bad boys are sturdy af, and you can pop them in your compost once you’re done with them too.
Another switch I made pretty early on was to a natural deodorant. I originally tried one made with beeswax, but it irritated my arm pits, and didn’t really seem to work as well as conventional deo. This one however is amazing; it’s vegan, it smells incred, and works just as well (if not better) than a conventional spray. It’s also biodegradable, soil association certified, and made in the UK. What more could you ask for?
Next up: I’ll be talking plastic free periods, and sharing my honest review of my new menstrual cup…stay tuned!