This month we're raising awareness about simple changes you can make in your life to live more sustainably. Find out how you can do your bit here.
It turns out there is a lot we can all do to make our bathroom habits more sustainable. From switching out your razor or toothbrush to trying your hand at DIY beauty, there’s a brave new world to be explored.
Here are 15 simple switches to make your bathroom routine more sustainable.
#1 Swap Regular Deodorant For A Refillable One
Imagine a world where the deodorant we use is good for us and the planet. Well, that world already exists thanks to Asúvi. They’ve created a natural refillable deodorant which actually works. Choose your scent and set up a subscription for refills (which come in biodegradable packaging) to keep your pits smelling sweet and nasty plastic out of landfill year-round.
#2 Swap Regular Mouthwash For Mouthwash Tabs
The kids from Lush have got it figured out. Their mouthwash tabs come in recyclable recycled plastic containers and all you need to do to use them is pop one in your mouth and take a swig of water. Swish away and you’ll have yourself some nice smelling breath in no time, whether your chosen flavour is lemon or mint.
#3 Swap Bottled Shampoo For Shampoo Bars
Lush has got the goods when it comes to zero waste bathroom products. From their naked moisturiser bars and toothy tabs to their lusted after bath bombs and huge range of soaps, this is the place to come to make your routine more sustainable. Their shampoo bars deserve a special mention, though. They’re super easy to use—just wet your hair, rub the bar over your roots, lather up and rinse—and they’ve got plenty of different varieties to choose from. Plus, they’re especially good for travelling because they’re incredibly lightweight and last for ages.
#4 Swap Cotton Pads For Reusable Cloth Rounds
Yes, it’s mighty convenient to swipe off your makeup with a single-use cotton pad, but it’ll only take a tiny bit of extra effort to switch to reusable cloth rounds. These babies come in all shapes and sizes, are super soft on your skin (softer than their throwaway counterpart) and can be chucked in the wash (preferably in a wash bag) with a regular load of washing. Our tip? Buy a few packs so you’re not caught out reaching for cotton pads when your washing builds up.
#5 Swap Micro Plastic Scrubs For A Coffee Exfoliator
Now who wouldn’t want to wake up to the smell of coffee beans in the shower? The legends behind Frank Body have created a delightful body scrub made from coffee grinds and it’s a must try. We all know we shouldn’t be using scrubs with microbeads (in case you missed it, they’re made of plastic and go straight into our waterways when we wash them down the drain) so now you don’t have to.
#6 Swap Plastic Shavers For A Safety Razor
There are some sustainability switches which require a little extra effort on your part, but this isn’t one of them. Switching to a safety razor will actually save you money, be nicer on your skin and look cooler in your bathroom cabinet. There are plenty on the market ranging from $30 to $80, but the refills will only set you back around $3 for five blades and you’ll never have to replace the razor itself. The blades can be recycled (just be sure to find out who’s accepting them in your local area) and it might take you a minute to get the hang of your new shaving speed, but once you’re used to it you’ll wonder why the major razor brands have had you fooled this whole time.
#7 Swap Tampons And Pads For Period Underwear And Menstrual Cups
Ladies, your period game is about to get a whole lot more comfortable. First up, period underwear. There’s no need to wear uncomfortable pads anymore because companies like Thinx and Modibodi have changed the game. Their period panties come in a bunch of different absorbencies and, unless your flow is particularly heavy, you won’t even need a tampon. And on the subject of tampons, you can say goodbye to those too thanks to menstrual cups like these. It might take you a few cycles to get used to using one, but the perks far outweigh the inconvenience of learning something new. What are the perks? You can wear them for ages without worrying about toxic shock syndrome, you’ll save money because one cup lasts 10 years and they’re more comfortable (especially if you’ve got a pair of period underwear on as well).
#8 Swap Your Toilet Paper For One That’s Recycled And Gives Back
Who Gives A Crap is not only the coolest TP out, it’s also recycled, cost-effective and gives back to the community. You get free shipping on most orders and they donate 50% of their profits to building toilets for communities in need. All that’s left to do is feel proud every time you wipe your behind.
#9 Swap Regular Condoms For A Planet-Friendly Option
STDs and unwanted pregnancies are not sustainable, so while it’s not entirely possible to have waste-free sex, we can be a lot more environmental about it. Jonny’s condoms are vegan-friendly (yes, weirdly regular condoms contain casein, a derivative from milk), made from natural rubber latex and non-toxic. As an added bonus they’re lubricated and come with a biodegradable and discrete FabLittleBag to remind you to pop it in the bin once all the fun is over, because it’s never ok to flush a condom. The best bit, you can purchase a subscription so you’re always prepared.
#10 Swap Regular Floss For One That’s Compostable
Flossing is vital to good health, but the regular kind is not so friendly for the planet. But before you go and get all disheartened, check out Dental Lace. Made with mulberry silk, this floss is compostable, comes in a refillable glass container and is coated with candelilla wax to help you glide it through even the toughest crevices in your chomper.
#11 Swap To More Sustainable Skin Care
The beauty industry at large is not super environmentally friendly, but there are some incredible brands out there making waves in the sustainable space. BYBI is an incredible brand that cares not only about the quality of ingredients that go into their products (of which all are naturally derived, certified vegan and cruelty-free), but also about the packaging their products come in. They use sugarcane bioplastic tubes which are recyclable or industrially compostable and their oils and serums come in recyclable glass bottles. Other amazing brands to look out for are Sukin (a carbon neutral company), Pai Skincare, Medik8, and of course Lush.
#12 Swap Supermarket Shopping For Bulk Buying
Loads of bulk buy shops are popping up all over the country and a lot of them stock amazing beauty and body products. From bulk moisturisers, shampoos and conditioners to individual ingredients like bentonite clay, essential oils and cocoa butter that’ll enable you to get your DIY on, there’s a brave new world to explore. You’ll be inspired to whip up your own scrubs, face masks and body butters before you know it. And don’t skip the cleaning aisle, that bathroom won’t scrub itself.
#13 Swap Plastic Toothbrushes For Bamboo Ones
This is probably the easiest switch you could make. Bamboo toothbrushes (like this one from Bamkiki) help you to clean your teeth in exactly the same way plastic ones do. Made from a variety of bamboo that grows over one metre a day, these tooth brushes feature soft nylon bristles making the entire thing biodegradable. Plus, Bamkiki donates 5% of its profits towards preserving the Great Barrier Reef.
#14 Swap Plastic Cotton Tips For Sustainable Ones
Regular cotton tips are messing up our oceans, but the good news is there’s another simple switcheroo you can make thanks to these cotton buds from Green + Kind. Made with sustainable cotton and bamboo, they are 100% compostable right down to the box they come in.
#15 Swap The Bathroom Bin For A Recycling Bin
Convenience is everything, so placing a recycling bin in your bathroom might just make you go that extra effort in rinsing out your shampoo bottle and pop it in the bin. But what about those hard to recycle items like pumps and aerosols? TerraCycle is dedicated to recycling those “non-recyclable” items. All you have to do is find who near you is recycling select items, collect them up and drop them off in one hit (making sure they’re all clean of course).
Keen to know more about the eco-friendly beauty brands making waves in Australia? Check them out here.
Image credit: By Human Kind