Plastic Free Bathroom

It’s been a while since I shared our eco journey. I thought I would come here to share our zero waste bathroom swaps.

These are things we have used for a good while now, and work well for us.

Eco Toilet Paper.

We switched to using Who gives a crap toilet paper last year.

The paper is made from 100% recycled paper, with no inks, dyes or scents. They also donate 50% of their profits to amazing causes. Whilst I have thought about using cloth for the bathroom, I just don’t think I could handle it at the moment. If I lived alone it would be no problem, but I just don’t want that kind of washing to do.

Plastic Free Deodorant.

I have been using Ben and Anna plastic free deodorant for about a year now. It is by far my favourite. It’s smells amazing, the smell actually lasts all day. The deodorant is only half way used since last summer, so while Β£9.95 may seem a lot to begin with, it probably works out much cheaper in the long run. It is packaged in paper too.

Image from Babipur

Bamboo Toothbrushes/ Oral Care

This is a very easy switch to make, they are also becoming more widely available on the high street. It is one of the more expensive switches, being more than double the cost of a standard plastic toothbrush. This is a switch that needs to be done though in my opinion. With all the plastic waste in the oceans, toothbrushes are right up there with waste found in our seas.

There are so many zero waste options out there for oral care now. A few things that I really love are the Georganics Oil Pulling Mouthwash and the Mouthwash Tabs. I also use the Georganics dental floss, it comes in a reusable glass jar too.

I must admit my search is still ongoing for a completely plastic free toothpaste that tastes okay and is a cost effective option for a family of four.

Shampoo/ Soap bars.

When I was little, we never had bottles of body wash at the side of the bath, a simple bar of soap was all that was needed. That’s all we use in the bathroom. A bar of soap for body washing and a shampoo bar for hair.

You can find my full hair care routine here

I have found since writing the hair care post, that I do need to condition my hair occasionally with a ‘standard’ conditioner. I can usually find a good tub, in a glass jar in TK Maxx, that lasts ages.

Safety Razor

Before I switched over to a safety razor, I probably used a pack of 5 disposable razors every six weeks. That is a lot of single use plastic! This was probably one of the hardest switches for me. Quite frankly I found the whole idea of a safety razor terrifying! The first time I went to use it, I couldn’t go through with putting the sharp blade against my skin and used a disposable instead. I slowly, and I mean very slowly, started using it. I haven’t cut myself yet. You do have to take it a little more slowly than a disposable. I use this along side shaving soap in a tin and a wooden foam brush.

I went for this one MUHLE Traditional Safety Razor

Coconut oil/ skin brush.

I wasn’t really one for having lots of lotions and potions before going plastic free. To keep my skin soft I have always done dry skin brushing and used coconut oil as a body moisturiser. I have found this better than anything I have ever used.

Face

For my face I have a very simple routine. I have a little wooden facial brush that’s great for dry skin. I use a simple cleansing solution of rose water, which comes in a glass bottle. You can get them in the baking section in Marks and Spencer! I use cloth face pads for cleansing. If I want an extra treat, I will make a simple DIY face mask (I’ll pop a post on with a few recipes) or I may treat myself occasionally at Lush. You can take all your tubs back to store to be recycled.

As a facial moisturiser I am currently using Bao Skincare recovery face cream. This arrived in my Eco Box this month. I am not loyal to a particular skin care, but I am loving this. It comes in a glass jar.

I really don’t use much make up but I have found a few key zero waste bits that I use, but I will save that for a separate post!

I hope you have found this helpful, thank you for reading,

Amy πŸ’š

8 Comments Add yours

  1. I enjoyed reading your post. So far I have got myself a Bamboo Toothbrush which is great and I recently treated myself to Shampoo/Conditioner cake from Lush – I love it.b

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    1. Thank you for reading! So glad you enjoyed it, all the little changes soon add up xx

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  2. As the budget allows I will go back to Lush

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  3. tingsha says:

    This is great-I’m still trying to make the change too. I love reading the ingredients on products and knowing exactly what’s in it! (New shampoo bar this week has made my hair a big chunk of oil though πŸ˜‚)

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    1. Yes!!
      As sometimes it’s trial and error with the bars, sometimes it can take a while for your hair to get used to them too xx

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      1. tingsha says:

        I’ll try and stick with it for a bit then!

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  4. Highland Hygge Mama says:

    This is great info, thank you! Bathroom stuff is where I struggle – I am using a bamboo toothbrush at the moment but it definitely isn’t doing the job that an electric toothbrush does. Pregnancy WRECKED my teeth (I had more dental appointments while I was pregnant than midwife appointments). I also haven’t been able to find an eco-friendly equivalent to the sensitive toothpaste I use (which if I stop using for a couple of days causes me A LOT of sensitivity!). I will keep experimenting! It’s great to see new products are coming out all the time, hopefully the standard of products available will keep getting better and better! Will definitely try some of the things you mentioned here! I like the sound of the oil pulling mouth wash πŸ’š

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  5. whimsicalmother says:

    Would love to know what you use to make a face mask, I miss Lush ones and they do not travel well in the post. Also I have no make up right now and I would like to start trying to wear some again as a self-love thing I am working on at the moment. Your blog is wonderful, thank you for sharing. I actually stopped shaving all together for a while but I did succumb to shaving my legs as I was being optimistic the weather was warming up for a swim, I was totally wrong.

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