Even though we might not be able to re-do our bathroom and be as sustainable as the Japanese, we have options to get our bathrooms eco-friendly. Today I want to present you with some alternatives to go plastic free in the bath. Honestly I never liked plastic products, in most cases they look cheap and are asking to be replaced whenever we are tired of them. But it’s not only cups and packaging that come as plastic.
This might not be the most original post in the bathroom series but I want to mention some innovations in the every day products section I think deserve a place in the sustainable bathroom category.
Let’s seriously celebrate the following products:
- The Bamboo Toothbrush
- Soap in every kind of scent (ok maybe not) and shape
- Body Scrub Gloves
- Stainless Steel Razors (on my wishlist)
- Menstrual Cups
The Bamboo Toothbrush:
I never thought about my toothbrush that much. Back in Germany I would use one from the brand Dr. Best, which were the market leaders and always innovated the way toothbrushes could function. Once my toothbrush was beyond its lifespan I would put it in a separate box under the sink in the kitchen and it would have been reused for scrubbing pots or cleaning the bathroom or kitchen.
The first time I came in contact with compostable bamboo toothbrushes I made the switch immediately. They are not so easy to get and the first one I bought didn’t convince me at all. It tasted woody and looked used after a week. Not something you want to pay more for than a conventional toothbrush. Before switching back I decided to try another brand. Even more difficult to get in the Netherlands I ordered six of the Hydrophil bamboo toothbrushes to make the minimum order cost. It was worth the investment, this one tastes normal, lasts longer and comes without any plastic packaging. It comes in different colours as well if my boyfriend ever wants to go sustainable with toothbrushes.
Soap is great not only because you can take large amounts of it with you when you fly with just carry-on luggage but also because it comes in small to zero packaging. There is soap to wash your hands, your body, your hair and even soap to create a great bubble bath. Soap is one of the oldest products we are still using, dating back 5000 years, and it is experiencing a revive with the zero waste movement (more about this soon). When it comes to great soap I would definitely recommend Marseille soap, the products from Lush and the soap they sell at Dille and Kamille (if you get to go to Amsterdam or live in the Netherlands) for washing and cleaning in the bath and kitchen. I even use Gardener’s Soap to wash my hands after playing in the “dirt”.
Body Scrub Gloves
One of the beauty secrets even Victoria Beckham has fallen for (it’s written in her book, yes I read it) are the body scrub gloves from The Body Shop. I have to admit that they might be made from plastic and if you are conscious about plastic, this might not be your product. Nevertheless they work nearly as good as body scrubs minus the moisturising effect and last for a long time. You can find the Body Scrub Gloves here.
Stainless Steel Razors
Ever thought about not throwing your plastic razors away? The only option I found so far was to break off (I have years of martial arts practice especially for this so don’t play carelessly with your razors) the razor part and throw the plastic handle into the recycling bin. Not very sustainable. The other option is something I would find in my fathers bath cabinet. The stainless steel, man’s razor. It’s metallic and it’s an art to not cut yourself. Once you mastered it and found a shop where they sell them, second hand is an option, shaving will be sustainable again (I don’t use shaving cream, where’s the point?).
Tampons and pads or rather menstrual diapers (this is their real name and the other one is only a pseudonym) are probably the most hated object women use. The diapers more than the tampons. It’s this time of the month again when I want to turn into a guy. Menstrual cups are the sustainable alternative to tampons and are made of medicinal plastics. They come in various sizes and it’s again an art to use them properly. They might leak and than you might want to consider to buy a
different bigger size.
Right now they are the best invention in this product field since, well ever. Sustainable, reusable and odour free.
This was the plastic-free bathroom sum-up and I hope you got a bit inspired to produce less waste in the bath. If you have some great tips that fit the list, please share them in the comments. I am always interested in better ways to be sustainable.