Are you looking to reduce plastic waste in your bathroom but finding it difficult to find sustainable alternatives? We get it — with so many plastic-wrapped, single-use beauty and bathroom products available, reducing your waste in the bathroom can be difficult.
The bathroom may be the smallest room in the house but it can also be the most wasteful! Bathroom products have been designed to be convenient and disposable and are often wrapped in wasteful plastic packaging. Marketers would have us believe that these products are necessary to help us stay beautiful, hygienic and happy. However in reality, there are reusable or compostable alternatives available that can help you transition to a zero-waste bathroom.
The average Australian generates 2.7 tonnes of waste each year. But don't worry! We understand how difficult it can be in the beginning. The first step is to make a start, no matter how big or small. It's not about being perfect — doing something is better than nothing! While the journey towards zero-waste is a continuous one, these earth-friendly alternatives will make it a little easier. Here are 7 easy swaps anyone can do to achieve a sustainable bathroom!
1. SWAP YOUR TOOTHBRUSH
It's thought that 3 billion plastic toothbrushes are disposed of each year worldwide, many of which end up floating in the sea or washed up on a beach. With the average person using 300 in their lifetime, that's a whole lot of plastic waste!
Making the switch to a bamboo toothbrush is a simple way to immediately reduce plastic waste in your bathroom. Because bamboo is 100% biodegradable and naturally antibacterial, they are the perfect alternative to environmentally damaging plastic toothbrushes. Most bamboo toothbrushes on the market still use nylon bristles so remember to remove the bristles with pliers or snap off the head of the toothbrush before tossing it into your compost bin.
2. SWAP YOUR BODY WASH
Soap bars are making a comeback in our bathrooms and for good reason! Retail data shows that sales of bars of soap grew faster than both liquid soaps and shower products last year suggesting that we are searching for more sustainable, eco-friendly alternatives.
Swapping your body wash for a natural bar of soap is arguably the easiest zero-waste swap you can make as they are readily available at all mainstream supermarkets. We recommend choosing a soap bar that is wrapped in paper, or even better, package-free!
3. SWAP YOUR LOOFA
Not only are those plastic netted loofahs damaging to the environment, they are a breeding ground for bacteria! Loofahs of any sort trap dead skin cells and have a fast expiration date. It's recommended to throw out your loofah every 2 - 3 months so imagine all that plastic waste!
Swapping to a biodegradable bamboo bath brush is one way to minimise waste in your bathroom. We recommend choosing one with a long handle to clean those hard-to-reach places. To improve the life of your brush, allow it to dry in a well ventilated spot between uses.
4. SWAP YOUR RAZOR
There are some sustainability switches which require a little extra effort on your part, but this certainly isn't one of them. Just like plastic toothbrushes, every plastic razor you have used still exists somewhere on this planet and will last between 300 - 400 years!
By switching to a Lapanda Safety Razor, you'll not only be doing the planet a favour, you'll be saving money in the process. The blades can be recycled (check with your local council for the nearest recycling facility) and you'll never have to replace the razor itself. Made of corrosion-resistant brass alloy, they are the perfect plastic-free, zero-waste alternative to traditional disposable razors. The razor itself is a little heavier than plastic alternatives, but once you get the hang of it you'll wonder why the major razor brands have had you fooled this whole time!
5. SWAP YOUR COTTON BUDS
Plastic cotton buds are one of the most problematic litter items found on beaches across the world. Approximately 1.5 billion single-use plastic cotton buds are produced each day, many of which end up in our oceans and waterways. In Australia alone, 250 marine animals and 2,700 seabirds choke to death on the plastic polluting our oceans, each and every day.
A great alternative to plastic buds are bamboo cotton buds. These sustainable, natural and earth-friendly alternatives are made from organic bamboo and cotton, making them 100% biodegradable! Unlike plastic buds, organic bamboo and cotton buds can be tossed into your organic waste or compost bin without contributing to landfill or polluting our oceans.
6. SWAP YOUR HAIRBRUSH
Chances are you probably own a plastic hairbrush or comb. Why not switch to a bamboo alternative? Not only are they 100% biodegradable and environmentally friendly, bamboo is actually better for your hair and more effective than plastic, nylon and rubber alternatives.
Tired of frizzy hair? Bamboo has a neutral negative charge and doesn't produce any static, allowing your hair to remain nice and smooth. It also does a better job at distributing the natural oils from the scalp along each strand, resulting in a shinier, glossier appearance. These natural oils work to protect your hair so overtime, you should notice your hair becoming stronger and healthier!
7. SWAP YOUR COTTON FACIAL PADS
It's no secret we love our in-depth skincare routines. From double cleansing to anti-aging serums, we've all become a bit obsessed! That said, it's important to recognise the more products we have in our beauty bag, the more waste we create.
One of the biggest culprits of waste in our bathrooms are disposable cotton pads. Unless you're exclusively applying skincare products with your fingers, chances are you toss some of these in the trash everyday. The good news is that there are sustainable alternatives available. Reusable bamboo facial pads are perfect for applying toner, removing makeup and so much more! They are soft, durable and can be popped into the washing machine with your next load of towels.
So there you have it, our 7 easy swaps for a more sustainable bathroom! Before you go, a friendly reminder to not throw out your old products. Either use them up, recycle them, donate them, give them away or sell the rest to family and friends. The purpose of zero-waste is to prevent as much matter as possible going to landfills.
If you have any questions or know of any other sustainable bathroom swaps that weren't mentioned, please leave us a comment or follow Lapanda on Instagram for lots of other simple and easy sustainable living tips. Stay tuned for our next blog and in the meantime, happy swapping!