Did you know that only 1 in 5 people recycle the items they use in the bathroom? 😬
One of the best places to begin your zero-waste journey is in your very own bathroom! Many of the products we use on a daily basis are non-compostable, non-recyclable and can contribute to polluting our environment.
Luckily we have some great, eco-friendly swaps that will make reducing waste in your bathroom a breeze.
1. Bamboo Toothbrushes
A billion toothbrushes will be thrown away in the U.S. this year, most of them plastic. Bamboo toothbrushes are not only better for the environment, they look super chic too!
2. Corn or Silk Dental Floss
Traditional floss is made from plastic nylon and is not biodegradable or recyclable in most municipal facilities. Switching to vegan corn floss or silk dental floss are two options that are 100% compostable.
3. Safety Razor
The Environmental Protection Agency once estimated that 2 billion razors and refill blades get tossed out in the U.S. each year. Plastic disposable razor blades are notoriously difficult to recycle. Switch to a double edge safety razor and get ready for the closest shave of your life! Plus, the blades COST A LITERAL FRACTION of that you pay for plastic razor blades.
4. Reusable Makeup Pads
There are 7.6 billion pounds of wipes thrown into the landfill each year, which add up to 1.3 billion wipes tossed each day. That's 20 million makeup wipes a day being thrown into the trash. Stop throwing away cotton rounds and makeup wipes! Make the switch to reusable cotton rounds, wash and reuse over and over again.
5. Natural Fiber Soap Pouch
Most store-bought loofas are actually made from plastic. And that body wash? Packed in a plastic. Consider switching to a soap pouch and a natural bar of soap. Ours is made from 100% sisal fiber (a Mexican agave plant), this loofah will gently exfoliate your skin while storing your soap. This pouch is perfect for using up every little scrap of your soap, insuring not one bit goes to waste. Sisal fiber is 100% backyard compostable at the end of it's lifecycle.
6. Shampoo and Conditioner Bars
More than 552 million shampoo bottles could be ending up in landfills every year; the number of shampoo bottles thrown out in the United States every year could fill 1,164 football fields; and only 1 in 5 people consistently recycle items from the bathroom. Switching to a shampoo and conditioner bar is easy and will help divert tons of plastic from the landfill. Each bar replaces one 16oz plastic bottle.
7. Reusable Swab
2 billion cotton swabs are thrown away each day in the United States alone. It's estimated that there are more swabs and straws in our oceans than there are fish. Opt for a reusable swab made from silicone that can be washed and reused for years to come. This may be the last swab you ever need to buy!
Remember, you don't have to replace everything all at once!
You can always start slow and set a goal to replace a product or two every month with an eco-friendly, reusable alternative. But if you're more of the one-stop-shop type of person, you can always opt for a zero-waste bathroom kit!
Here are two options we recommend that will instantly upgrade your bathroom.