Plastic-Free Home: 5 ways you can make your bathroom routine plastic-free

Toiletries can unfortunately be a huge source of plastic, from toothbrushes and shower gel all the way to sanitary products, plastic is overwhelmingly present in bathrooms. And however diligently you scrub clean and place the plastic containers in the recycling bin, there’s still around a 66% chance that it could end up in landfill or incinerated. Nevertheless, these aren’t exactly products we can give up, so what can we do?

I asked our team what plastic-free products they use in their daily bathroom routine and we’ve come up with 5 ways in which we can all make the switch to plastic-free.

1.       Soap

Making the switch to from liquid to bar soap is probably one of the easiest changes you can make. There are so many places that you can buy natural, plastic-free bars of soap from or you can even have a go at making it yourself. Plus, they make your bathroom smell just wonderful!

2.       Shampoo

Several companies have started producing naked shampoo bars, so no need for packaging! Some of us use the shampoo bars from Lush, they last a long time, smell amazing and you don’t need to use much at all as they lather up really well.

You could also make your own shampoo and conditioner from products found in your kitchen. One recipe for shampoo (without all the harsh chemicals) is to mix about 1 tablespoon of baking soda with about 1 cup of water. Then use an apple cider vinegar rinse (1 part vinegar to 3 parts water) to condition your hair as often as needed.

Or perhaps you much prefer the thought of liquid shampoo to solid? Then why not try to find a store that will refill your hair care products for you? In Leeds we have the Green Action Food Coop at the University Union who will refill any container you bring them with shampoo or conditioner.

3.       Shower gel

Natural bar soaps are a great alternative to bottles of shower gel and they last longer. Lush have added naked shower gel bottles to their range and we love them! They’re a little expensive, however when you factor in how long they last, how great they smell and that you are avoiding plastic, it may be worth it. Plus I got mine when they were 50% off!

4.       Toothbrushes & toothpaste

On average each person uses and disposes of 4 toothbrushes each year. Considering there are 7.6 billion people in the world and the average life expectancy is around 70 years, that’s a lot of toothbrushes!

So make the switch to a plastic-free toothbrush. They come in children and adult sizes and have bristles from soft to firm, so you’ll be able to find one that suits you. You can get them so easily too, Holland & Barrett sell them in-store if you’re not a fan of online shopping. And if you’re always forgetting to buy a new toothbrush once your old one gets a bit too raggedy the Pearly White Club offer a subscription service!

Also whilst you’re at it, why not try changing your toothpaste too? Truthpaste comes in a glass jar which you can reuse or recycle.

5.       Sanitary products

Did you know that sanitary products contain plastic? In the UK alone, people will use on average 11,000 disposable sanitary products in their lifetime. Not only do these products end up in landfill, but they also contain harsh chemicals and can upset the natural pH balance of our bodies.

Have you tried a menstrual cup? I’m not going to lie to you, they take some getting used to, but they save you huge amounts of money and will last for years. Alternatively you can now get plastic free, biodegradable sanitary products and even better washable, reusable cotton sanitary pads and underwear!