Switching to a zero waste, plastic-free lifestyle is not as easy as it first seems. While gradually changing things to alternatives, it is important to keep in mind that just because you cannot wait to purchase those stylish, beautiful sustainable products, wasting those you already have would be a big mistake. Since the bathroom is a place where consumable products are usually used, it can be quite easy to completely switch to be plastic-free. According to this, here are five steps on how to do that!
1. Soap bars
Hand-washing liquids, shower gels and haircare products are always sold in the thickest plastic bottles that usually cannot even be recycled, so they get straight to the landfills and oceans. By purchasing handmade soap bars, you can not only support local businesses, but be aware of all the ingredients which are usually natural, avoiding to apply harmful chemicals on your skin and pollute the environment.
Toothbrushes are one of the most commonly found rubbish in the oceans which would actually be easily eliminated. They have two versions available on the market at the moment, one is with plant-based plastic bristles that have to be plucked out and tossed away before composting, the other is with animal hair bristles which can be completely composted but is not vegan. If you seek to make your complete oral care plastic-free, the time has come to try an alternative for toothpaste as well.
The market is now full of with numerous organic deodorants that contain only natural ingredients. Although, the only problem is that most of their packaging is still not plastic-free. It is therefore almost impossible to find one that fits to your skin, smells good, consist of only skin- and environmentally-friendly ingredients and even comes in a plastic-free packaging. Finding it can take some time, but if you discover the right one, stick to it!
4. Facial pads
Facial pads are essential in a woman’s bathroom for removing makeup, cleansing the face etc. While they are made of 100% cotton, their production requires a lot of water and they cannot be composted. Luckily, there is a great alternative that are machine washable and reusable so many times. Besides keeping your skincare routine waste-free, facial rounds are also must-have investments for every bathroom.
5. Skin care
There are several fantastic recipes on the internet about how to make body lotion at home. Although, many people do not have time to experiment with them and purchasing the ingredients often involves more packaging than buying a ready-made lotion in the store. For this reason, if you really wish to make the perfect swap, it is worth looking for plastic-free, ready-made but also natural products, even if you need a fragrant, delicious lotion or a rich, nourishing butter for some extra care.
Once you have found the perfect products that meet all your needs, plastic-free lifestyle will become a child’s play. In the meantime, remember that the world does not need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly, but millions of people doing it imperfectly.