5 Simple Swaps for a Zero Waste Bathroom
Zero Waste Bathroom
June 5, 2019 | Kathryn Kellogg
Last Updated on October 7, 2020
This is going to be a quick blog post to share five easy zero waste swaps for the bathroom – these five swaps are great for beginners.
I’m trying to write short blog posts to accompany all of my YouTube videos, and this is a follow up to a post I did a couple month’s ago 5 Easy Swaps for a Zero Waste Kitchen.
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1. shampoo bars:
Does a simpler swap exist? Change out your crazy colored body wash for something a bit more natural… like a bar of soap!
But, beyond just a bar of soap, did you know shampoo and conditioner come in bar form too.
The number one ingredient you pay for in things like shampoo and body wash is water? And, why pay for water (and ship it across the country) when you can just add water at home?
Without the addition of water, you’re able to reduce plastic bottles. Talk about a win-win.
Spring and Vine makes one of my favorites which can be picked up at your local target or online here. Their bars have been specifically formulated to last as long as a traditional bottle of shampoo.
My favorite is their volumizing bar which is scented with Grapefruit and Rosemary essential oils. It smells absolutely divine. Plus, it’s PETA-certified cruelty free and vegan. They are so easy to use! Lather in your hands, massage it throughout your hair and rinse! It leaves your hair smooth and clean.
2. bamboo toothbrush:
This should come as no surprise, but once you finish with your current toothbrush why not switch to a bamboo one?
Brush with Bamboo is my all time fave!!
I have been working with Brush with Bamboo for years!
They were actually the very first sponsored post on GZW and we’ve had a great relationship ever since.
There are tons of other bamboo toothbrush companies that have popped up since (BWB was the first on the scene!) and I don’t think any hold a candle.
Zero Waste Toothpowder + Brush with Bamboo
Zero Waste Toothpaste
The Life of a Toothbrush
3. safety razor:
I love using a safety razor. Am I slightly scared of it? Yes. But only a little.
I’ve used one for years and I’ve only nicked myself a few times. This is the razor I have.
Be sure to check out this post if you’re looking for a guide to safety razors and this one if you’re wondering how do I clean my safety razor?
So, I’m not really sure if this is a tip or swap – I’ll let you decide! Instead of letting your toner absorb into your reusable cloth pads, put your toner in a spray bottle!
Boom, less waste.
Pour your toner into a spray bottle, and then spritz your face and let it air dry.
I used an old spray bottle, but also have several of these and LOVE them.
This one simple swap has doubled the life of my toner bottle!
And, my skin care routine isn’t cheap so I love that I’m saving money and wasting less.
My zero waste skin care routine – morning edition
Zero waste makeup brands
Zero waste skincare brands
5. dry shampoo:
Now, you know how much I LOVE my dry shampoo, I’ve got a full post and recipe on How to Make Eco-Friendly Dry Shampoo.
And, I love that I store it in the most adorable salt shaker that looks just like Nala!
A friend picked it up at a thrift shop a few years ago.
Of course, if DIY isn’t your thing, here’s two dry shampoos with clean ingredients that come in recyclable and/or reusable packaging. La Tierra Sagrada and Captain Blankenship.
I hope you enjoyed this short video and blog post! What’s a simple swap you’ve made to make your bathroom more eco-friendly?
Loved the swaps! I really liked the idea of storing toner in a spray bottle. Thanks for sharing.
I never tried Bamboo tooth Brush, definite something I would gonna tried soon… I agree with one of the reasons I tried to focus on Safety Razor is that these are eco-friendly, we should try to leave as less biomass as we can! Thanks for sharing it would be really useful!
Using solid shampoo and conditioner (which I store in reusable tins) has been a big swap to eliminate plastic bottles!
Love those tips! I have incorporated nearly all of them (except the tooth brush, didn’t dare so far and I still have a working electronic toothbrush, but I might consider the swap as soon as the battery dies…)
I feel like these are wonderful ideas that might get people started on Zero Waste. They don’t cost too much, in some cases (razor, dry shampoo) they are even cheaper, it looks nicer and it is so easy (compared to buying food unpacked for example).
So although I’m personally deep the Zero Waste movement, I appreciate posts like that because they are simply, they don’t frighten anybody and they make you feel so good as soon as you have incorporated something!
In general: love your blog, keep on going!
Great tips. I’d also add: a bidet! Tushy makes one that’s I love, and it’s meant a huge reduction in TP. Sometimes TP isn’t even necessary – pat dry with a washcloth.
I’m not a fan of spraying my face, so I just put the toner in the palm of one hand, rub palms together and apply!