Adults spend approximately 1 year and 51 days of their lives in the bathroom, according to an English survey. What are people doing while they’re in there? Well, this article states 10% are giving themselves a pep talk (sounds about right), 10% have arguments, 8% are having heart-to-hearts with their loved ones, and a whopping 1.4% are giving birth…
Needless to say, the bathroom is a sacred place. Which means it is to be treated with care – and what better way to say, bring a child into the world, than in a bamboo-scented, natural product-based, zero waste bathroom?
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If you’ve been following my zero waste series, this is our second room in the house we’ve covered. If not, no worries! Here is an awesome piece on getting to know zero waste, and the first room which is the heart of the home, the zero waste kitchen.
Zero Waste Bathroom
My boyfriend and I are moving into our first apartment (yay!) next week so I’m very excited to be exploring eco-friendly home products and brands. Sharing with all of you is the cherry on top!
Update: fully moved in and settled – loving the path to an eco-friendly home and ridding of waste!
Let’s get right into it! Here are 10 zero waste bathroom products.
P.S. I support small businesses and companies who started with an eco-friendly vision so you will see these first and foremost. For more on sustainable businesses, here is how to launch one in 4 steps.
1. Bamboo Toothbrush
Starting with that fresh, clean smile of yours, a toothbrush made of either bamboo, 100% recycled material, or beechwood can make a difference on the planet.
Get matching ones on EarthHero for the whole family, or one of the top listed bamboo toothbrushes from The Humble Co. They’re vegan, plastic-free, and developed by dentists. It’s an easy, quick step to making a global impact 🙂
2. Toothpaste Tablets
The next step is what’s known as toothpaste tablets, where you take a tablet (which looks like a small hard candy), chew it up but don’t swallow, brush your teeth with your wet toothbrush and then spit! It takes a moment to get used to, but it’s pretty unique and fun for the kids!
Think of how often (girls, especially) you shave. The armpits, legs, bikini, mustache, feet, you name it, shaving is consistent. With everyday habits, you need investments, not a cheap option.
Invest in a reusable razor! I bought one a while back that you aren’t allowed to use with water and I can’t tell you how much water I’ve saved over the past year alone. There are some great zero waste impact razors such as the stainless steel Albatross Safety Razor which is great for men, or the ultimate shaving kit at less than $10.
4. Shaving Cream
If you don’t buy a dry-only razor, you’ll need some shaving cream! These products can be used for men and women. I’ve mentioned the brand 100% Pure in another post, and they come up again for good reason. If you’re interested in natural, cruelty-free, vegan, and gluten-free, their grapefruit seaweed shaving cream is for you.
If you want something a little different, try EarthHero’s natural citrus shaving soap! It’s made from non-toxic ingredients such as chamomile flower, lemongrass oil, and more. Plus, it’s 100% plastic-free.
5. Shampoo and Conditioners Bars
Honestly, I have a whole post on it with SUCH great organic hair brands, so indulge here or start shopping below!
6. Hand Soap
Depending on your style, you could have foaming soap, liquid, or a bar. Any way you prefer, the main idea for hand soap in your zero waste bathroom is plastic-free and quality ingredients. The biggest decision is what smell do you want to linger on your hands…?
Again, let me give you an awesome post on the best eco-friendly makeup brands for everyone.
8. Toilet Paper
One of the best puns I’ve ever heard is the company Who Gives a Crap, which makes eco-friendly toilet paper! You can choose TP made of bamboo, 100% recycled material or forest-friendly paper.
You could even shop for common brands like Seventh Generation which have climate pledges and are septic-safe.
9. Toilet Brush and Stand
Shit happens…and you have to clean it. This is one of those tools you don’t realize you need until you are having company over and your sweetheart partner leaves some residue in the toilet. Luckily for you, this brush and stand are a handy pair to help you out in a jiffy. It’s handmade from a family business and supports a sustainable lifestyle, like yours.
10. Cleaning Sprays
One of the most used products in the bathroom, cleaning sprays are essential! The one pictured above is cruelty-free, made with organic content, and sulfate/paraben/phthalate-free. The fewer harmful chemicals there are, the healthier home you’ll have.
The Etsy brand CleanOun has its Honest Clean set of bathroom cleaners for counters and floors. With scents like French lavender, lemon, and orange, you’ll find a happy spark in your mood while cleaning.
Everything we buy is a decision made with or against the health of us and the planet, whether we realize it or not. We are consumers. We go through hundreds of millions of products in our lifetime and we buy these products to make ourselves feel good. But start buying the products that make life on this planet feel good, from the animals to the ocean to the atmosphere. Make the conscious decision to do good for others, too.
How’s that for a bathroom pep talk?
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