It’s been a while since I shared our eco journey. I thought I would come here to share our zero waste bathroom swaps.
These are things we have used for a good while now, and work well for us.
Eco Toilet Paper.
We switched to using Who gives a crap toilet paper last year.
The paper is made from 100% recycled paper, with no inks, dyes or scents. They also donate 50% of their profits to amazing causes. Whilst I have thought about using cloth for the bathroom, I just don’t think I could handle it at the moment. If I lived alone it would be no problem, but I just don’t want that kind of washing to do.
Plastic Free Deodorant.
I have been using Ben and Anna plastic free deodorant for about a year now. It is by far my favourite. It’s smells amazing, the smell actually lasts all day. The deodorant is only half way used since last summer, so while £9.95 may seem a lot to begin with, it probably works out much cheaper in the long run. It is packaged in paper too.
Bamboo Toothbrushes/ Oral Care
This is a very easy switch to make, they are also becoming more widely available on the high street. It is one of the more expensive switches, being more than double the cost of a standard plastic toothbrush. This is a switch that needs to be done though in my opinion. With all the plastic waste in the oceans, toothbrushes are right up there with waste found in our seas.
There are so many zero waste options out there for oral care now. A few things that I really love are the Georganics Oil Pulling Mouthwash and the Mouthwash Tabs. I also use the Georganics dental floss, it comes in a reusable glass jar too.
I must admit my search is still ongoing for a completely plastic free toothpaste that tastes okay and is a cost effective option for a family of four.
Shampoo/ Soap bars.
When I was little, we never had bottles of body wash at the side of the bath, a simple bar of soap was all that was needed. That’s all we use in the bathroom. A bar of soap for body washing and a shampoo bar for hair.
You can find my full hair care routine here
I have found since writing the hair care post, that I do need to condition my hair occasionally with a ‘standard’ conditioner. I can usually find a good tub, in a glass jar in TK Maxx, that lasts ages.
Before I switched over to a safety razor, I probably used a pack of 5 disposable razors every six weeks. That is a lot of single use plastic! This was probably one of the hardest switches for me. Quite frankly I found the whole idea of a safety razor terrifying! The first time I went to use it, I couldn’t go through with putting the sharp blade against my skin and used a disposable instead. I slowly, and I mean very slowly, started using it. I haven’t cut myself yet. You do have to take it a little more slowly than a disposable. I use this along side shaving soap in a tin and a wooden foam brush.
I went for this one by Muhle
Coconut oil/ skin brush.
I wasn’t really one for having lots of lotions and potions before going plastic free. To keep my skin soft I have always done dry skin brushing and used coconut oil as a body moisturiser. I have found this better than anything I have ever used.
For my face I have a very simple routine. I have a little wooden facial brush that’s great for dry skin. I use a simple cleansing solution of rose water, which comes in a glass bottle. You can get them in the baking section in Marks and Spencer! I use cloth face pads for cleansing. If I want an extra treat, I will make a simple DIY face mask (I’ll pop a post on with a few recipes) or I may treat myself occasionally at Lush. You can take all your tubs back to store to be recycled.
As a facial moisturiser I am currently using Bao Skincare recovery face cream. This arrived in my Eco Box this month. I am not loyal to a particular skin care, but I am loving this. It comes in a glass jar.
I really don’t use much make up but I have found a few key zero waste bits that I use, but I will save that for a separate post!
I hope you have found this helpful, thank you for reading,