Unless you live a zero-waste lifestyle, there’s always room for improvement when it comes to taking care of the planet.
Cutting down on unnecessary waste can seem overwhelming, but the bathroom is a great place to start.
Often a lair for disposable and non-recyclable packaging, even tiny adjustments can make a big difference.
Follow our easy switches to make your bathroom a greener space.
Found a product you love? Opt for bigger sizes where possible to save money and reduce packaging waste.
Bigger sizes often contain double the product with just a fraction more packaging than their smaller counterpart.
Opting for reusable alternatives where possible is one of the easiest ways to make your bathroom greener.
Try switching cotton balls or pads for muslin cloths to remove makeup.
Time to replace a disposable razor? Invest in a stainless steel safety razor. Not only are they a cheaper way to de-fuzz, but recycling centres will accept old razor blades for recycling.
Say hello to metal, wood and glass
Sometimes it’s hard to avoid plastic, but take a quick glance around your bathroom and you’re sure to find things which can be switched to metal, wood or glass – easily recyclable or biodegradable materials.
Even the humble toothbrush can get a makeover; try wooden or bamboo handles with BPA-free polymer bristles or toothbrushes made from 100% recycled plastic.
If you want to take it one step further, opt for toilet paper wrapped in paper rather than plastic and switch plastic pump-action hand soaps for a good old bar of olive oil soap.
It could be good news for your skin, too!
Choose a greener clean
Air fresheners, shaving foams, hair sprays…aerosols are far less damaging than they used to be thanks to a widespread ban on chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).
But replacement propellants can still cause some environmental damage and also tend to be flammable.
Ditch cans of shaving foam for a gentle body wash and hang fresh eucalyptus near the shower to keep things smelling fresh.
Sometimes it’s hard to avoid so, when waste is inevitable, make sure you recycle!
Rinse out any plastic containers before recycling and check the recycle number on the bottom to make sure your local council will accept it.