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Five Simple Bathroom Swaps to Reduce Waste

January 30, 2019

I’m quite excited about sharing this post with you. I’m passionate about living a more sustainable lifestyle and these are a few things EVERYONE can apply: they are not hard, and they won’t take lots of your time or money!

I think we all want to do something for the environment. Yet there is often a big gap between our current lifestyle and that totally green one. We’re nowhere near being zero waste, vegan or minimal, but we’ve started somewhere. While I admire people that go all the way, I find that for most of us it’s a journey! And I think that’s okay too.

So I thought it would be cool to share some of the things we’ve been doing that work in a real family environment. Over the next months I’m going to write more about different areas in our house and habits we’ve changed.

Let’s start with our bathroom. When thinking about waste we often think about the kitchen and our shopping habits first. But there’s quite some items in your bathroom that you can easily swap for a more eco friendly option. You will reduce waste and that obviously helps with taking care of our planet. Every little bit helps!

Five Simple Bathroom Swaps

Swap 1: Plastic to wooden cotton tips

I never really thought about these cotton tips until it came up in the news recently. Apparently these little plastic sticks make up a LOT of the plastic pollution (and plastic soup). It’s a single use plastic that is easily avoided because there’s good alternatives. Swap the plastic cotton tips to paper or wooden ones!

Swap 2: Hand/body wash to a soap bar

A good bar of soap is very versatile and you can use it instead of hand and body wash (or even shampoo!). Those products are usually packaged in plastic, and often contain a lot of chemicals that are not good for your health or skin anyways. Look for soap that has saponified oils and doesn’t have any added fragrance (other than natural oils), like this Aleppo Soap. You can often find locally crafted soap at markets too, which is great in supporting small businesses.

Swap 3: Face wipes to face cloth

I guess make up removal or cleansing wipes can come in handy when travelling. But for home use, there’s much better alternatives. Save your money, reduce (plastic) waste and do your skin a favour – use a simple cotton wash cloth with water, some rose water or a little coconut oil for removing make up and cleaning your face.

Swap 4: Plastic brushes & combs to wooden ones.

An easy swap to make, as wooden brushes and combs just feel much nicer and lush. I’ve had this comb for quite some years now and it is my favourite – it’s a very affordable and sustainable option. For a brush, I now have a simple rounded wooden brush for everyday styling and i like it better than previous plastic ones!

Swap 5: Store bought scrub to natural scrub

A lot of store bought products like face and body scrubs (but also toothpastes and shampoos) contain tiny plastic particles that just wash away in the drain and pollute our oceans. Swap regular scrubs for a simple home made one. Sea salt & a little olive oil work great as a body scrub, solidified honey makes gentler face scrub. You can also use leftover coffee grounds – they will totally wake you up in the morning and might help against cellulite. Ha!

Some things that are on top of my list to still change are using washable cotton rounds and switching to a safety razor, so I won’t have to buy disposable razors ever again! Once we run out of our supply of toothbrushes (there’s still a few) I’d love to change those to wooden or bamboo ones as well!

One note: don’t go and throw away stuff you already have and use, only to replace it with something else. Use it, love it, recycle where you can and replace when needed with a more sustainable option!

Do you have anything to add to this list? Would love to hear from you and learn!

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  • Reply Yanniek January 30, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    jaa, goed dit! ik word er helemaal enthousiast van.
    next up op mijn lijst; non-plastic wattenstaafjes (eerst even door mn plastic varianten heen werken..).

    • Reply Eveline January 31, 2019 at 8:52 am

      Thank you, lovely to hear! And that’s a great idea, they are getting more available in the shops now so should be an easy swap to make!

  • Reply Jolijn February 4, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    Love this post! I’ve also swapped to wooden cotten tips and have a bamboo toothbrush which is waiting till my current one is replaceable! Next on my list is a wooden comb!

    • Reply Eveline February 4, 2019 at 8:51 pm

      Yes, love it Jolijn!

  • Reply Daphne October 31, 2019 at 10:57 am

    we have been using Toothpaste tablets for about 6 months, the package is biodegradable and the tablets are easy to use and still make your teeth feel clean ( i love the one with fluor better than without) and no plastic tubes in the bathroom anymore 🙂

    • Reply Eveline October 31, 2019 at 11:06 am

      Thank you for sharing, haven’t heard about those before!Sounds like a good option to replace regular toothpaste 🙂

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