Reducing our carbon footprint and becoming more eco aware doesn’t have to be about big changes. Sometimes even small lifestyle steps in the right direction can have a lasting impact. Here, the team at Free Soul have put together six swaps you can make in your bathroom that’ll also help do your bit for the planet…
Swap your plastic toothbrush for one made of bamboo. This eliminates plastic waste, a major cause of pollution and the spread of toxins. Bamboo toothbrushes offer the same level of cleanliness for your teeth so you won’t be making any sacrifices! The naturally antimicrobial properties of bamboo also make it ideal for a trustworthy toothbrush. Take it one step further by swapping out your plastic dental floss for some eco friendly floss.
Use soap, shampoo and conditioner bars, rather than bottles. Once again, this helps combat plastic waste. If you need a container to store these bars, opt for a reusable eco friendly mesh bag, which is much better for the environment. If your favourite products are liquids, why not try using reusable glass bottles, rather than plastic?
Set a timer while showering to limit water use. The average household spends 25% of its energy bills on heating water. Not only will you be helping the environment by cutting down on shower time, but you will be saving money!
Steel Safety Razor
Instead of plastic disposable razors, opt for a reusable steel one, where only the steel blade needs to be replaced. Once again, this limits the amount of plastic you are using in your bathroom.
Eco friendly makeup removing cloth
Disposable face wipes are detrimental to the environment as they are a form of single use plastics which will be sent to a landfill, unable to decompose and enter food chains. Instead, use a reusable cloth, which is soft and will not dry out your skin with chemicals. As a result, this is the perfect solution for people with sensitive skin. These machine washable cloths are lightweight and compact.
Biodegradable Cotton Buds
Another way to promote a plastic-free bathroom at home is to remove any cotton buds which have plastic in the middle and do not use sustainable cotton. It is estimated that 13.2 million cotton buds are used per year in the UK! These will be discarded after one use and have harmful consequences on marine life. Instead, try ones with paper or bamboo in the middle, which are equally as effective but are biodegradable.
We hope to have inspired you to take action by making these small changes in your daily life. The substitutes offer the same quality as their plastic rivals, so there really is no excuse!