Like so many others, I am worried about the amount of plastic waste myself and my family create each month that will just end up in landfill. We watched Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II in horror, and with guilt, and vowed to try and do our bit. As a family we have been trying out new products, some homemade and some shop-bought, in order to avoid unnecessary plastic packaging. Reducing plastic waste in your bathroom goes a long way to cutting down the overall amount used in the household.
Here are our top 11 easy-to-make changes, that we have made so far, in no particular order:
- Change plastic toothbrushes to bamboo ones. Bamboo toothbrushes are more affordable to buy from Amazon, however we’ve found a local health food shop that stocks them which might be a bit more expensive but shopping locally is another thing we believe in. We all really like the bamboo toothbrushes in my family so this switch was a definite winner for us. If you really don’t want to use a bamboo toothbrush then use an electric toothbrush, at least the heads are smaller than the size of your average plastic toothbrush. You can recycle the plastic heads from electric toothbrushes, ordinary plastic toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and other packaging packaging as part of the Colgate Oral Care Recycling Programme in partnership with TerraCycle. Check online to find your nearest public drop-off location.
2. Switch your toothpaste. There are lots of options now when it comes to being more Eco friendly with toothpaste and we have recently swapped to buying Georganics Natural Toothpaste which is suitable for all the family. It is a bit pricey though so if you’d rather stick with your brand that comes in a plastic tube then switch to a pump action toothpaste tube. These are made from a different sort of plastic to the soft tubes and are easier to recycle. Check with your local council to see whether these can be put in your plastic recycling bin. Finally you could just take your finished and cleaned soft plastic toothpaste tubes to a Colgate/TerraCycle Oral Care Recycling Programme collection point.
3. Change to using shampoo and conditioner bars instead of shampoo and conditioner in bottles. This one so simple to do as shampoo bars, particularly, are widely available. As a family we love The Yorkshire Soap Company shampoo bars which cost £5 but last for ages (apparently around 85 washes but we can’t verify as we haven’t finished any of ours yet!).
4. Change your deodorant. This was a bit of a sticking point (excuse the pun) between my husband and me as he wanted to continue to use a strong deodorant that stops underarm sweating and was reluctant to change his brand. I totally understand, for when he is busy at work damp pits are the last thing you want to be worrying about. However we trialed and loved this homemade deodorant recipe. I love that they are completely natural so make my skin nice and soft. Homemade deodorant doesn’t stop you sweating but it does mask the smell and it lasts pretty well for the whole day. See more information here: https://fuelledbylatte.com/homemade-deodorant-that-really-works
5. Ditch the disposable razors. Husband has got me trumped on this one as he has used a battery powered razor for years and years and never uses disposable razors. I have got a metal razor with disposable heads for now but think I will be making the change to a rechargable battery powered razor soon.
6. Bring back flannels and definitely avoid using face wipes and baby wipes for cleaning your face. I can’t believe they are made with plastic! Use a flannel with warm water and a moisturising facial soap bar instead. If it’s been a while since you last used a flannel you’ll probably have forgotten how lovely it actually feels to use one.
7. Change your toilet paper from the ones wrapped in plastic to rolls wrapped in paper or biodegradable packaging. If you can’t do this then buy in bulk and recycle the plastic bag at your local supermarket.
8. Another simple switch is to use soap bars instead of shower gel, liquid hand soap and face wash. You can buy so many different varieties from shops, supermarkets, online or your independent sellers. Watch out for unnecessary plastic packaging though! Soap is another product that I like to buy locally to support independent retailers. Soap bars also make lovely presents for others.
9. Reconsider your sanitary wear. I wasn’t opposed to tampons (the ones without plastic tubes), it was sanitary towels that have a plastic lining that bothered me more. However, have recently invested in some ‘period knickers’ and so far I am very happy with using them. But the real revolution has been buying a menstrual cup. I have got to admit I was nervous about using one but there were so many positive reviews and posts online that I felt it had to be worth a try. I found it comfortable, convenient and felt cleaner. Another clear winner for me.
10. Ditch the cotton wool buds. Are they really necessary? We’ve stopped buying them now as we don’t want the children sticking them in their ears. If they are still a necessity for you, then check you’re buying cotton wool buds that are made with a rolled paper stick rather than a plastic one.
11. Homemade face scrubs. I’m currently playing around with ideas for homemade face scrubs to find the one I’m really happy with. They are so easy to make and use all natural ingredients so you can be sure there are no nasty microbeads in them. Check out some of the ones I’m trialing and loads more Eco friendly ideas on our Pinterest board!
Find out more about which plastics you can recycle at www.bfp.co.uk/recycling/where-can-i-recycle-my-plastic.aspx
Find out more about the Colgate Oral Care Recycling Programme in partnership with TerraCycle at www.terracycle.com .
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