Scrutinising the products we use in the bathroom and swapping them for more eco-friendly alternatives is just one of many ways we can practice sustainability at home.
We’ve come up with some of our favourite bathroom staples to help you to ditch your worst polluting offenders and say hello to your new sustainable best friends!
Make Sure Your Hand Wash is Eco-Friendly
First up on our list is Method’s French Lavender Gel Handwash, one of the most loved hand washes by our Ecohumans. Going abroad might not be on the cards for most of us this year, but with this vegan friendly and cruelty-free lavender hand wash you’ll (almost) feel like you’re in the French countryside.
Housed in a bottle made from 100% recycled plastic (which is also completely recyclable) this is a much more sustainable option than most hand washes on the market. Even better for our planet (and your wallet) is having the option to top up these beauties with the 1 litre refill pack!
Switch to Re-Usable Cotton Pads
One of the easiest eco-friendly step that can be adopted in your everyday life is making the switch from disposable cotton pads to re-usable ones. These re-usable cotton pads from a Slice of Green are responsibly manufactured by a family run business in India, with each pad being made from GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified cotton.
Re-usable cotton pads are a great zero-waste swap for your bathroom as they’re plastic free and help reduce the demand for single-use cotton. The towelling fabric on one side is suitable for daily use and helps remove make up and skincare products, whilst the other side (which is uber soft and velvety) is designed for the more sensitive areas of your face, such as the delicate eye area.
These pads can be used countless times (although they need to be washed between uses) and once they have reached the end of their life, simply pop into your compost bin and in around 6 months time they will fully biodegrade.
Trust us when we say you won’t regret making an investment on these babies!
Bamboo For Your Loo
Another easy and effort-free swap for your bathroom this summer is switching from virgin wood pulp or recycled toilet rolls to a much more sustainable alternative– bamboo toilet tissue.
If you didn’t already know, bamboo is regarded as an ultra-sustainable resource due to its naturally renewing properties and the speed of its growth, with the fastest variety of bamboo growing up to 35 inches a day. That’s 1.5 inches an hour!
Bamboo also requires no pesticides, fertilisers, or nasty chemicals to grow or harvest, which is a stark contrast to its traditional counterpart, virgin wood pulp.
Another reason to love bamboo toilet tissue is how quickly and easily it breaks down in water, making it kind to the planet and your sewage system.
Clean Your Toilet the Eco-Friendly Way
An absolute necessity for any Ecohuman to embrace this summer is eco-friendly, biodegradable toilet cleaner. An increasing amount of us are now starting to think about what’s in our products and how these products end up in our waterways, affecting marine life and the planet.
A lot of the chemicals and preservatives used in our traditional health & beauty and cleaning products can have a detrimental effect when they’re used/disposed of and enter our streams and rivers. Many take a long time to break down and some do not degrade at all, meaning they make their way to our aquatic life and eventually back into our food supply.
A solution to this problem is to opt for a toilet cleaner like Ecover’s Pine Fresh Toilet Cleaner. Powered with plant based ingredients, it’s naturally effective, completely biodegradable and has minimal impact on marine life.
Ecover are also against animal testing and their toilet cleaners are safe for septic tanks, making this a win for you, our animals and the planet!
Opt for Shampoo & Conditioner Bars
Shampoo and conditioner bars are more sustainable than their bottled counterparts as they generally contain little to no packaging and most, if not all contain no toxic or harmful chemicals that can leach into our scalps and our eco-systems.
Friendly Soap shampoo & conditioner bars are vegan, cruelty-free and made in the UK. Using an ancient cold-pressed method, each bar is lovingly poured, cut, stamped, and packed by hand meaning it has a much smaller carbon footprint than liquid hair care products.
With an array of luxurious ingredients such as shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil and coconut oil you’re sure to find a bar that’s perfect for your hair and the planet!
Scrub Up with a Loofah
A perfect alternative to plastic exfoliators or body scrubs which are often filled with microbeads that are damaging to the environment, is the mighty loofah!
Loofahs are made from the fruit of the luffa aegyptiaca plant, or more commonly known as an Egyptian cucumber or the sponge gourd. The loofah plant can be grown easily all over the world and is a superb vegan alternative to sea sponges–which are interestingly considered to be animals and not plants.
Unlike plastic poufs and exfoliators, loofahs are completely biodegradable and can be composted at home, making this a zero-waste essential for any Ecohuman!
Ditch Plastic Toothbrushes
Last (but by no means least) on our list of eco-friendly bathroom swaps to opt for this summer are bamboo toothbrushes. Plastic toothbrushes often end up in landfill and make their way to our oceans, making them one of the most unsustainable products in our homes as they are incredibly damaging to our waterways and marine life.
Plastic toothbrushes are made polypropylene plastic and can take over 400 years to decompose! It’s crazy and saddening to think that a single plastic toothbrush takes several lifetimes to disappear from this world.
With each of us (on average) using around 300 toothbrushes in our lives, switching to bamboo toothbrushes is just one easy-peasy way to make a big impact on our planet by making a small change to your grooming routine.