10 bathroom swaps to reduce your plastic waste

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Trying to green up your bathroom routine? Try these eco-friendly bathroom and personal care ideas.

1 - Buy or make reusable make-up cloths

Instead of using make-up wipes and cotton rounds, consider buying reusable make-up cloths. They work better when it comes to keeping your skin fresh and clean, and are chemical-free. You can even sew your own using flannel cotton or any other type of soft cotton. Try this tutorial.

2 - Opt for tree-free toilet tissue

Toilet tissue that’s eco-friendly and made without plastic is great for the planet, your butt and your wallet, especially if you buy in bulk. Pure Planet Club Toilet Tissue is made from renewable resources, comes in recyclable packaging and you can get it delivered straight to your door. What’s not to love?

3 - Swap to moon cups or period-friendly undies

Did you know that the average woman uses around 10,000 tampons in her lifetime? If you want to reduce waste (and save money) consider investing in a reusable moon or menstrual cup. Another great alternative is to wear period underwear such as Modibodi, which safely absorbs and locks away fluid, keeping you dry and fresh.

4 - Use plastic-free soap bars

Ditch those bottles of shower gel and go old-school with soap bars. They’re cheaper and better for the environment. Choose natural soaps in cardboard packaging and avoid any that contain palm oil. Try sourcing from your local farmers’ markets to help reduce the carbon footprint of your soap.

 

5 - Try a natural deodorant

Natural deodorants have come a long way in recent years, so ditch the plastic roll-on and invest in an eco-friendly alternative. It’s a great way to reduce the chemicals and waste in your bathroom routine. Look for ones with simple ingredients and recycled packaging.

6 - Use plastic-free toothbrushes

In Australia, over 30 million toothbrushes are used and disposed of each year, amounting to approximately 1000 tons of landfill annually. According to National Geographic over 1 Billion Toothbrushes (most of them plastic) will be thrown away this year in the United States! Make the switch to bamboo toothbrushes instead, just remove the bristles and toss them in the compost when they’ve reached the end of their lives.

 

7 - Give your shower curtain an eco-makeover

Swap your plastic shower curtain for a burlap or hemp shower curtain. They’re strong, water-resistant and unlike traditional shower curtains they don’t release any toxic compounds. You can make your own by buying burlap or hemp at a fabric store or purchase online.

8 - Nourish your lips naturally

Our Pure Planet Club Organic Lip Balms are made with only the most natural and nourishing ingredients including shea butter, beeswax, sunflower oil and vitamin E, plus they come in plastic-free packaging made from 100% uncoated PCW paper that can be recycled or added to your compost.

9 - Ditch single-use cotton buds

Cotton buds are handy, but are very damaging to the environment and marine life if they end up in the ocean. Invest in Go Bamboo sustainable bamboo sticks with natural cotton tips instead. They’re kind to the planet and perfect for make-up removal and a multitude of other everyday uses.

10 - Shave in (eco-friendly) style

Plastic razors have a short shelf life, with millions finding their way into landfill every year. Invest in an old-fashioned stainless steel razor just like your Dad used to use. Not only are they plastic free, they work better and are cheaper in the long run too.

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