10 Simple Eco Swaps For a Plastic-Waste Free Bathroom

For most of us, our bathroom is one of the smallest rooms in the house. So it can be amazing to consider how wasteful they can be despite their size. 

The sheer volume of disposable plastics that we house in our bathrooms can be worrying as we try to move more towards a sustainable future. After all, how can we banish washing essentials like shampoo and conditioner? Below is a shortlist of 10 ways to reduce plastic waste that we can undertake for a plastic-waste free bathroom. 

  1. Revitalise Your Toothbrush

It could be difficult to imagine life without using a plastic toothbrush in the mornings and evenings, after all, they’ve become a bathroom staple for decades. However, this sheer turnover in plastics is severely unhealthy for the environment. 

Fortunately, compostable bamboo toothbrushes are beautiful for your bathroom and much easier to dispose of. At Bower Collective, we strive to provide eco-friendly solutions to your dental care - which is why we love the Truthbrush - a practical, sustainable tool for healthy teeth. 

  1. Unclog Your Plastic-Free Toothpaste

Toothpaste can seem like another essential that’s hard to replace without the presence of plastic. However, Ben & Anna’s Natural Toothpaste makes for an excellent vitamin A infused alternative. 

Available in various flavours, and possessing similar levels of tooth whitening and protection as the tube-based classics, natural toothpaste is an environmentally friendly and visually appealing step up away from the plastic-based paste we’re used to.  

  1. Switching to a Safety Razor

The great thing about eco-friendly plastic alternatives is that they’re often much more aesthetically pleasing than the items they’re replacing. This is definitely the case when it comes to switching from disposable razors to safety razors. 

What’s more, is that replacing safety razor blades is a much cheaper process than replacing plastic disposable razors. At Bower Collective, we offer a range of high-quality Norse safety razors and supplementary packs of blades

  1. Bamboo Toilet Roll

Toilet paper is another key source of plastic waste in the bathroom. The packaging alone can be a pain when it comes to decomposing and that’s without taking into account the materials involved in making the toilet paper itself. 

That’s why we love The Cheeky Panda’s wholly more sustainable approach to a toilet roll in their 100% FSC certified bamboo toilet paper. With bamboo growing 20-30 times faster than trees, and absorbing 35% more carbon dioxide - The Cheeky Panda’s approach to toilet tissue is really a revolutionary one. 

  1. Consider Dry Shampoo

We’re so used to squeezing our shampoo out of a bottle that it seems strange to think of it as being accessible in any other form. Low and behold, there’s a healthy range of plastic-free shampoo bars out there that can work wonders in minimising the presence of clutter around your bathroom. 

One of our favourites is Beco’s Honey Blossom Argan Oil Shampoo bar. Beco’s bars are aromatic and 100% biodegradable. 

  1. Conditioner Alternatives

Available in various flavours, and possessing similar levels of tooth whitening and protection as the tube-based classics, natural toothpaste is an environmentally friendly and visually appealing step up away from the plastic-based paste we’re used to.  

Plastic-free conditioners can also be stored in a similar way to bars of shampoo and to really add an aromatic zest to your bathroom. Beauty Kubes Plastic Free Conditioner is an excellent product where you can simply grab a block of conditioner and massage it into your hair. And there you have it! Hair hygiene without unsightly plastics clogging up your bathroom. 

  1. Mouthwash Tablets

Mouthwash is another bathroom staple that seems impossible to use without some form of plastic storage, but Georganics has shown that it’s possible to ditch plastics altogether in the pursuit of minty fresh breath. 

The Georganics Natural Mouthwash Tablets are flavoured with natural spearmint oil and are completely free of fluoride and glycerin. To use, simply add a tablet to water and you’re ready to go! 

  1. Plastic Free Floss

Some people feel lost without dental floss, but luckily Georganics has pioneered the idea of a refillable container that ensures that we can keep our teeth happy without any harm being done to the environment along the way. 

  1. Reusable Dispensers

The primary source of plastic waste in our bathrooms is down to needless containers, as opposed to products themselves. Bower Collective understands that sometimes dispensers are preferred in the bathroom, and to suit this need we’ve crafted our own visually appealing reusable pump-action dispensers made from both glass and recycled plastic

  1. Waste-Free Periods

Given that periods are a natural part of life, it’s a shame that pads and tampons are so dependent on harmful plastics. There are plenty of eco-friendly alternatives to high street brands, however, and Natracare Super Organic Cotton Tampons offer fully biodegradable chlorine-free solutions that are entirely plastic-free. 

At Bower Collective, we simply aim to help everybody to make the switch from plastics to sustainable materials throughout the house. We know that practicality is key, and that old habits can die hard - so we’ve prioritised championing only the very best environmentally friendly products on the market for everybody to enjoy. 

Have you got any suggestions for a plastic waste-free bathroom? We’d love to hear your hints and tips! Feel free to leave a comment below and join in the conversation!

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