CREATING A PLASTIC-FREE HOUSEHOLD: BATHROOM EDITION

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Over the past several centuries of using plastic, the waste we have created has accumulated in landfills and the ocean. Plastic pollution is a severe environmental threat that we should not treat lightly. 

Plastic never entirely goes away. Instead, it turns into smaller and smaller pieces of plastic. A toothbrush someone used 50 years ago is still in a landfill and will stay there for centuries before it transforms into microscopic plastic pollution. 

Making your home more eco-friendly and plastic-free is a great way to reduce your environmental impact and improve your overall health. 

BE AWARE OF THE PLASTICS YOU CURRENTLY HAVE

Go into your bathroom and take a look around. Do you see a lot of plastic? Count all disposable plastic items in your bathroom and check if they can be recycled below. 

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USE WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE

When figuring out how to go plastic-free in the bathroom, you may be tempted to throw away all the plastic products you already own. Instead, keep all of your plastic products. 

The only thing more wasteful than a plastic item is throwing it away before it’s been used to the fullest. Keep the plastic items you own and maintain them to extend their lifespan as much as possible. 

USE PLASTIC ALTERNATIVES: 

1. Soap and Shampoo Bars

A leading source of bathroom plastics is soaps in all forms. You can easily replace hand wash, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, face wash, shaving foam, and even deodorant with a plastic-free solid bar. One of the easiest plastic-free bathroom switches is using solid soap and shampoo bars. Natural soap bars come in various scents and varieties, without any dangerous chemicals added. These bars last a lot longer too. A conditioner bar can last for months and is zero waste.

Fun fact. Toiletry manufacturers make the dispensing holes bigger than necessary, so you use too much product and need to replenish more often. One way to avoid this, switch to bar soaps packaged in cardboard. They are suitable for your skin and your hair. Simple natural soap bars have many benefits, making the switch worth it. 

2. Dental Care

An easy plastic-free swap in your bathroom is to switch your plastic toothbrush for an eco-friendly toothbrush made from bamboo. It may not seem like a toothbrush would make such a significant difference; however, the plastic adds up. 

Once you have swapped your toothbrush, the next step is natural toothpaste or toothpaste tablets. These work the same way as toothpaste, without unnecessary plastic packaging. 

The next swap is floss. Most floss is made from plastic. However, eco-friendly floss is compostable and made from natural plant fibres. 

Lastly, purchase mouthwash in metal bottles, or buy mouthwash tablets. The tablets significantly reduce the amount of packaging you need and are a great travelling option. 

3. Shaving

Plastic razors and cartridges can add up over time, contributing to your environmental footprint. Disposable plastic razors are a prime example of unnecessary single-use plastic. The old-fashioned safety razor gives you a closer, cleaner shave, and replacement blades are almost always cheaper than disposables. Additional positives include that they are unisex and made from sleek stainless steel. 

In addition to your plastic-free razor, try using a shaving soap bar instead of regular shaving foam to keep reducing your environmental impact. 

4. Wet Wipes and Makeup Pads 

False advertising gives people the impression that some wipes are flushable and break down. However, they don’t. Ever. Instead, they clog up sewer systems and drains that eventually drift to the coastline, beaches, and ocean. 

Reusable fabric wipes and makeup pads made from natural materials are now plentiful. After using them, throw them in the laundry machine with your eco-friendly detergent. 

5. Makeup Products

If you are someone who enjoys makeup, you do not have to give it up just because you’re going plastic-free. While most mainstream makeup is still packaged in plastic, more alternatives are becoming available daily. 

Brands are slowly emerging that offer makeup in sustainable packaging, like glass, bamboo or cardboard. Additionally, brands have been creating refillable makeup. Rather than throw away the entire product when it is finished, you keep the bamboo casing and insert a refill. 

Also, if you have any unwanted full or partially used makeup (or toiletries of any kind), you can send them to the Toiletries Amnesty, who distributes them to those in need.

9. Skincare

No matter your skincare routine, you can reduce its environmental impact by choosing plastic-free alternatives. If you enjoy facemasks, you can select a pre-made, eco-friendly face mask or make your own at home. There are many different recipes online to choose from when creating your own. 

Lastly, you can find great eco-friendly facial cleansers and eco-friendly serums in bar form or glass containers. 

10. Cleaning 

It is essential and a lot healthier to clean your bathroom without plastic too! One of the best ways to do so is with baking soda and vinegar. Not only do these ingredients clean the best, but they are the best for you because they do not include harmful chemicals. Use this solution alongside a natural fibre cloth to see the best results. 

Additionally, a mixture of water and vinegar in a spray bottle works as a multi-purpose cleaner, while baking soda can help you eliminate tougher stains. 

PLEDGE 2050 

The time is now to quit plastic. Take the pledge and learn how we can reduce our plastic footprint together at https://pledge2050.org/

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