Sustainable Bathroom Essentials
Plastic cartridge razors are a huge contributor to plastic pollution. While metal blades may eventually rust away to nothing, the plastic handle and other composed parts never fully biodegrade. Rockwell safety razors are plastic-free, have 6 adjustable shave settings perfect for beginners, and ridiculously affordable replacement blades. Each blade works out to roughly 10¢ each and can last between 4-7 shaves. Check out our selection of razors here!
Cotton uses an extensive amount of resources to plant, grow, and harvest. Roughly 10,000 liters of water are used to produce only 1 kilogram of cotton. Using cotton rounds to removed makeup or clean your face is convenient but is very wasteful in the long run. An easy alternative is fabric cotton pads that can be washed and reused again and again. Not only are they better on the environment but also save you money over time.
It’s important to keep your hair and scalp clean but you might not consider how much plastic is being thrown away after every bottle used. The number of shampoo bottles thrown out in the United States every year could fill 1,164 football fields. Shampoo bars can last for several months and are a really great alternative for traveling. They’ll save you money and take up less shelf space than a traditional shampoo and conditioner would.
Similar to cotton pads, cotton swabs use many resources to produce the cotton needed to create them. Roughly 1.5 million cotton swabs are produced daily! Brands such as LastSwab have created reusable swabs to help reduce the waste created with single-use products.
Toilet paper is something that we use and flush daily probably without a second thought. The pulp created from trees has profound impacts on our environment and is estimated that 27,000 trees are flushed down the drain every day. Bidets are a great alternative and very popular in Europe for providing a more hygienic and sustainable way to clean up in the bathroom. Less toilet paper being wasted means fewer trees cut down for pulp. Brands such as Tushy have created a bidet system that can attach directly to your regular toilet.
Many women have swapped out pads and tampons for reusable menstrual cups. Not only are they more environmentally friendly, but they’re known to be more comfortable than other menstrual products. Another positive is that a menstrual cup is a one time purchase that can be reused, saving you substantially over your lifetime. Diva Cup is the most commonly known menstrual cup and has paved the way for many other menstrual brands looking to create reusable options.
Swap out your plastic toothpaste tube for individual, zero-waste toothpaste tablets. Brands like Bite have created these toothpaste tablets in hopes to reduce single-use plastic. While toothpaste tubes can be recycled, the remnants of toothpaste inside make them difficult to clean and reuse. Tablets make for great travel products and a less messy and wasteful brushing experience.
These are just some of the most popular changes to make when transitioning to more sustainable bathroom products, feel free to share any other suggestions below!