15 Simple Swaps for a Zero Waste Bathroom

The bathroom may be the smallest room in the house but man oh man can it be wasteful! How many products do we really need? I've tried to streamline my bathroom supplies with some success.

15 simple swaps for a zero waste bathroom from www.goingzerowaste.com

I'm sure I could streamline even more, but I feel like I've gotten into a pretty good zero waste groove. 

lotion:

February is wrapping up. I have enjoyed the cold and the rain, but I am ready for long summer nights. I am ready for dry skin to be a thing of the past, or at least until next fall! 

Lotion has been one of the easiest switches I've made. It's so easy to make and works better than any store bought stuff I've tried. I use it on my body and face. You can get the recipe here

floss:

I need to rewrite this post about flossing. I still water pik and I love it. But, I've discovered a couple other flossing including silk floss

razor: 

Swap a plastic razor for a reusable safety razor. Safety razors are made of stainless steel which means they can be recycled at the end of their life. Safety razors use stainless steel blades that can be recycled too.

They can't normally be recycled in the curbside bin. Call around to your local recycling plants to see if they have a metal facility. The blades go through a different process that won't be near human hands.  You can read how to maintain a safety razor here

More about switching and how to use a safety razor here

hair brush:

You probably have a plastic hair brush or comb. Why not switch to a wooden hair brush or comb? A wooden brush or comb does a much better job of pulling oil from the root to tip. You might be able to go an extra day without washing. 

dry shampoo:

Dry shampoo is my saving grace in the morning. Need an extra 15 minutes of sleep? This is what you need! It works great in dark or light hair. You can get the recipe here

multi-tasking soap bar: 

The one I make works great for face, hair, body, and skin. It's super soothing and gently. It also lathers exceptionally well for a shave soap. As a bonus, It's only two ingredients! You can get my recipe here. 

If you don't want to make your own, I totally get it. See, if you have a local soap maker in town. We have several that make amazing products! If you're looking for a good soap bar to buy I'd check out this one and this one

conditioner:

Swap out traditional conditioner for ACV. Mix one to two tablespoons in a large cup of water. Use a spray bottle to spritz in your hair or just pour over your head. Let it soak in for a couple of minutes and then rinse. 

You can also use diluted ACV for toner as well. Using ACV is great to balance your pH especially after using a soap bar. 

mouthwash:

Mouthwash could be a place to streamline, but I find that toothpowder doesn't leave your breath smelling very minty fresh. Mouthwash is a great addition to a morning routine.

It's super soothing for gums and refreshing. You can get the recipe here

periods:

Swap out disposable pads and tampons for cloth pads or menstrual cup. They're both relatively easy to use! You can read about cloth pads here and menstrual cups here

15 simple swaps for a zero waste bathroom from www.goingzerowaste.com

lip balm: 

Lip balm is another very simple swap! It's so easy to make. I have two recipes. My favorite recipe does have beeswax, but it leaves your lips so glossy and nourished. You can get the recipe here. I have also used it for a face lotion and it's wonderful! 

I have another recipe here that's vegan. You can get the recipe here. It does melt when it's warmer out, so try not to keep it in your pocket. 

toilet paper:

You all know how I feel about my bidet attachment. I love it! It has shrunk our toilet paper usage by 60%! That's a lot of reducing. But, even after reducing that much, we can still make better choices like tree-free TP or 100% recycled.

You can read the full post on toilet paper here. 

toothbrush:

Ditch the plastic toothbrushes for a compostable bamboo toothbrush. Every plastic toothbrush ever created is still around! Isn't that crazy? I was able to be apart of an awesome short film illustrating that with Brush with Bamboo. You can see the post/video here

Think about switching your toothbrush today. 

toothpowder:

I worked with a dentist on this toothpowder you can get the recipe here. The last thing I would want is to cause irreversible harm to my teeth. Health is my number one priority. I started this zero waste journey due to reclaiming my health. 

This toothpowder is mild and non-abrasive. However, teeth are highly individual. If you have soft teeth, you may need fluoride to prevent cavities. It's very personal. Justin still uses Tom's of Maine toothpaste, you can read that post here

You can read all about my six-month check up here

cosmetics: 

Cosmetics can be pretty tricky to make. By far the most difficult thing I've DIY'd is mascara. Thankfully there are a lot of eco-friendly beauty companies out there. I talked about several in this post here

I really like this mascara and eyeliner recipe here, but I stick to store bought concealer. I want to do a full post on eco-friendly, zero waste cosmetics. Be on the lookout for that post coming soon! 

deodorant: 

Switching to a natural deodorant was super important to me. If you haven't read my about me page, it details it further. 

The deodorant is super simple to make with just two ingredients. If you want to make it a little more potent try adding more salt. Get the recipe here

I am working on a prescription strength deodorant that can be spread in a deodorant tube. Be on the look out for that soon too. 


I'm working on makeup remover, another face scrub, another face mask, and a couple other bathroom DIYs. Is there anything you'd like to see me make? What are some of your favorite zero waste bathroom swaps? 

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101 Easy Eco Friendly, Zero Waste Tips

I thought it would be a lot of fun to compose over 100 easy tips for going zero waste that you could implement relatively quickly. You might not be able to implement all of the today, but you can definitely get a jump start on a lot! 

101 easy eco friendly, zero waste tips that you can implement today! From www.goingzerowaste.com

A lot of these things are SUPER easy to do, it just takes a little bit of commitment. Obviously, you don't have to do everything on this list. Going zero waste is a journey, and a lot of times there is more than one option.

There is no one correct way to do something. Rather there is a multitude of ways ranging from best to better to not so good. Weigh all of your options and be a conscious consumer. Reducing your consumption is the most important thing you can do.

But, in the meantime, pick a couple of things and give something new a try! You have to start somewhere. And, don't let only being able to do a little prevent you from doing anything. All the little things add up to massive impact! 

Every day we have a choice to make this world a little wasteful. What can you do today?

  1. Ask for no straw in your drink order when out. 
  2. Don't leave your house without a full reusable water bottle.
  3. Ditch tissues for handkerchiefs. 
  4. Pick up a lonely banana.
  5. Always say no thank you to free promotional items. They tend to be cheap and break easily.
  6. Get a library card to support your local sharing economy. 
  7. Donate unused items in good condition to support the second-hand market. 
  8. Think second-hand first when purchasing something.
  9. Try elderberry syrup if you feel a cold coming on instead of immediately reaching for a plastic pill bottle. 
  10. Swap your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo toothbrush.
  11. Turn old sheets and towels into handkerchiefs, rags, napkins, and cloth produce bags. 
  12. Build a zero waste kit and put in the trunk of your car or carry it with you when you'll be out so you'll always be prepared. It doesn't have to be large just a few items!
  13. Wash clothes when they are actually dirty, instead of after only one wear. 
  14. Open a window to cool down your home or air it out. 
  15. Try to avoid palm oil.
  16. Buy food without packaging or minimal packaging
  17. Instead of buying something when you're having a bad day, do something. I.e. go on a walk, take a yoga class, meet up with a friend. 
  18. Repurpose stale bread
  19. Make dry shampoo to stretch between washes.
  20. Surround yourself with items that serve multiple purposes to streamline and cut excess junk.
  21. Commit to bringing your reusable bags to the store. If you don't have them, turn around and go get them! After forgetting them once, you won't do it again. 
  22. Try canning to preserve food
  23. Use bar soap instead of liquid soap, it tends to come with less packaging. 
  24. Swap disposable pads and tampons for cloth pads or a menstrual cup. 
  25. Change light bulbs to LEDs. 
  26. Be mindful when using technology
  27. Bring reusable produce bags for fruits and veggies. 
  28. Put on a sweater and socks before turning up the heat. 
  29. Turn the water off while brushing your teeth. 
  30. Don't buy anything impulsively! 
  31. Try making your own lotion
  32. Check out your farmers market.
  33. Make your own face mask from stuff in your pantry. 
  34. Try cloth diapering
  35. Get some houseplants at a local nursery to purify your air, don't forget to return the little plastic pots! 
  36. Get rid of pests naturally. 
  37. Meal plan to avoid food waste.
  38. Unplug electronics when not in use. 
  39. Try making tooth powder to avoid unrecyclable toothpaste tubes. 
  40. Buy more locally made goods. 
  41. Repair something when it breaks.
  42. If you're looking for a specialty item, like camping gear or an extra table for a party, ask a friend if you can borrow one before making a purchase. 
  43. Plant a small garden.
  44. Learn how to freeze your food without plastic so it doesn't go to waste. 
  45. Make your own febreze spray to freshen your room for pennies! 
  46. Start a backyard compost.
  47. Swap little plastic chapstick tubes for DIY lip balm.
  48. Surround yourself with tools and items that are meant to last a lifetime. Try to only buy objects once. 
  49. Try your hand at an easy all-purpose cleaning spray
  50. Look into collecting rainwater or a greywater system. 
  51. Store your food properly to make it last longer.
  52. Find your local cobbler to repair tired shoes.
  53.  Know where everything you buy comes from whether it be food, clothing, or other household goods
  54. Ask for no plastic and reused packaging materials for online orders
  55. Pack your lunch instead of eating out every day. 
  56. Reduce your meat consumption. If you're not ready to go vegetarian start small: try Meatless Monday, weekday vegetarian, or even weekday vegan. 
  57. Learn to regrow kitchen scraps
  58. Line dry a load instead of using the dryer. 
  59. Try homemade mouthwash
  60. Ditch plastic shower loofahs for a real loofah or a bamboo bath brush
  61. Ask for a real mug at the coffee shop when staying in.
  62. Always run a full dishwasher or load of clothes. 
  63. Most sunscreen causes coral bleaching, go coral friendly!
  64. Bring your own container for to-go food and leftovers. 
  65. Ditch paper towels and use tea towels and rags. 
  66. Beware of greenwashing, always do your research. 
  67. Make your own deodorant.
  68. If it's a 30 minute or less walk, get outside instead of driving. 
  69. Vote with your dollars for a sustainable future. 
  70. Bring your own to-go cup when getting coffee on the run. 
  71. Look into tree-free TP. 
  72. Learn how to repair a button or hem to extend the life of your clothing. 
  73. Look into rechargeable batteries instead of disposables. 
  74. Serve dinner with cloth napkins. 
  75. Eat more vegetables and legumes. 
  76. Keep a bucket in the shower to water plants or flush the toilet. 
  77. Wrap presents in newsprint or not at all! 
  78. Swap cotton rounds for reusable rounds
  79. Focus on experiences rather than things. 
  80. Switch from a plastic disposable razor to a metal safety razor. 
  81. Wash your clothes in cold water when you can. 
  82. Make homemade gifts to give to friends and family. 
  83. Try Wheatless Wednesdays to cut back on intensive grain farming.  
  84. Avoid junk mail by placing a sticker on your box or going to dmachoice.org
  85. Keep a stocked pantry to avoid getting takeout on busy nights. 
  86. Learn where to properly dispose of items like gift cards, old cell phones, batteries and unusable cords can be turned in at best buy etc.
  87. Find your local tailor to help with clothing repairs. 
  88. Ask yourself if you truly need it before making any purchases. 
  89. Go paperless for all your bills! 
  90. Swap don't shop! Host a clothing swap with friends. 
  91. Pick up litter when you're out and dispose of it properly. 
  92. Make your morning cup of coffee with a french press or pour over with a reusable filter to avoid extra waste. 
  93. Ditch plastic q-tips for plastic-free or reusable
  94. Ditch sponges in lieu of compostable scrubs or brushes
  95. Try to shrink the amount you recycle. Zero waste is about recycling less not more. 
  96. Use both sides of the paper! 
  97. Avoid receipts when out, ask if one has to be printed. Sometimes they do, but not always! 
  98. Take public transit if available or carpool. 
  99. Join a community garden. 
  100. Swap tea bags for loose leaf tea in a reusable strainer. 
  101. Make my favorite zero waste switch: look at installing a bidet attachment

Are there any zero waste tips I left out? What would add to the list or tell someone who's just starting the zero waste journey? 

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What's in a zero waster's bag!?

This post was crafted with Pela Case

What's in my bag? What does a zero waster carry with them on an almost daily basis to avoid trash and waste while out? Find out at www.goingzerowaste.com

What do zero waster's carry in their bag? Depending on the day this can drastically change, but this is what you'll find in my bag 90% of the time. 

I go to work Monday-Friday, so this is the best look at what I have on me. Specifically on Tuesdays, because sometimes I'll stop at the store on the way home from work. There's a teeny-tiny bulk section full of all the necessities... like rice, oats, quinoa, and chocolate! 

the bag itself: 

I've had this bag a long time! In fact, when I first started blogging I wrote a tag post about it. It was a lot of fun. 

What's in my bag? What does a zero waster carry with them on an almost daily basis to avoid trash and waste while out? Find out at www.goingzerowaste.com

This isn't the most fashionable bag in the world. I would love to find one that would function as a bag in all/most situations. One that's not as casual. I've been looking for a year, but I've yet to find anything. 

One thing I've learned in this zero waste journey is to settle for nothing. Always wait for the perfect item to come along. It's out there somewhere. 

cloth napkin and cloth bulk bags: 

Cloth napkins have so many uses. I wrote a great post about how waste can be prevented in almost every situation with a cloth napkin and a 16oz mason jar. 

What's in my bag? What does a zero waster carry with them on an almost daily basis to avoid trash and waste while out? Find out at www.goingzerowaste.com

I always keep a cloth napkin in my bag for work. I typically eat a snack and lunch while there. I don't keep cloth napkins at work, but I do keep other reusables like forks, plates, and mugs etc. 

I really like these organic cloth draw string bags. They're small, but the perfect size to bring home veggies or large bulk items like chocolate covered almonds or just regular almonds. 

a 16 oz mason jar: 

This item is so versatile. I typically tote a green smoothie in one for breakfast. I'll wash it at work and drink water out of it throughout the day. If I'm going out with friends after work I can get drinks, coffee, or tea to go.  

a wallet: 

I don't know of many people that don't carry a wallet around with them. This is mine. It was a present a couple of years ago from my grandmother, and I love it. 

What's in my bag? What does a zero waster carry with them on an almost daily basis to avoid trash and waste while out? Find out at www.goingzerowaste.com

Before I went off to my first professional acting gig in PA, she gave me this tiny card with an angel pin on it. She said it was my guardian angel. I keep it with me to remind me of her. She is definitely one of my personal heroes. I'll try not to get too sappy, but I love her very much. 

I also keep compostable business cards with me. You can see from the back, it says to plant them. There are also all sorts of ideas to reduce your trash and waste on the back of each one. Business cards aren't perfect, but sometimes necessary. 

cell phone: 

I am on my cell phone far too often for social media purposes. But, I do love getting to keep in touch with all of my followers. If you aren't following me on twitter, insta, youtube, pinterest, or facebook you totally should! I write new content on each platform. 

I was struggling to find an eco case for my phone. Especially because my phone is old! I have a 5c from almost 5 years ago. I'm so thankful Pela Case reached out to me, and didn't give me a hard time for having a dinosaur of a phone.

I plan on keeping this phone as long as possible. Keeping true to that zero waste mentality. Pela is an awesome company! I drop my phone a lot. A LOT so having a sturdy phone case is must for me! 

What's in my bag? What does a zero waster carry with them on an almost daily basis to avoid trash and waste while out? Find out at www.goingzerowaste.com

Not only are their cases super sturdy, they're made from a waste by-product. They're made with flax straw waste. They're compostable when they're at the end of their life. But, before that, you can send the phone cases back where they'll turn them into yoga mats or flip flops! Which is so awesome!

We need more companies to think about the full lifespan of their product in every stage of it's life. And, I really want one of their yoga mats. If you're in the market for a new phone case, I would definitely give Pela a look. 

lunch:

My favorite part of the day! Lunch, lunch, lunch. If you want to know how to pack a zero waste lunch or looking for some quick easy zero waste lunch ideas check out this post

Today I have veggie stir fry in a two-tiered tiffin. These tiffins are the perfect size! 

What's in my bag? What does a zero waster carry with them on an almost daily basis to avoid trash and waste while out? Find out at www.goingzerowaste.com
What's in my bag? What does a zero waster carry with them on an almost daily basis to avoid trash and waste while out? Find out at www.goingzerowaste.com

This is what I normally keep in my bag on a daily basis! What do you keep in your bag that helps you fight waste? 

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