We know how many different bathroom products are needed for the whole family. This can mean a lot of empty shampoo bottles, toothbrushes and nappies end up in the bin. All this waste isn’t good for our poor environment. However with these 7 sustainable swaps for the family bathroom you will be able to make a big difference to that bin piling up (and hey, that means one less bin to empty!).
1. Swap your toothbrush for a biodegradable alternative
Have you ever visited the beach and found old plastic toothbrushes washed up on shore amongst other miscellaneous plastic items like bottle caps, packaging and more? One easy way to make a difference for the whole family is to replace your plastic toothbrushes with biodegradable bamboo toothbrushes. A family of four can get through 12 toothbrushes a year (if you swap out your toothbrush every 4 months) and plastic toothbrushes can be very difficult to recycle - think about all of that plastic you’re throwing away! Bamboo toothbrushes are biodegradable and have a considerably smaller ecological footprint. Plus they're easy to get your hands on! Amazon currently stock plenty of different options and you'll be able to pick up enough for the whole family for £10!
Georganics also provide both adults and kids toothbrushes made from sustainable beech wood (which is compostable) and they replant every tree they cut down. Double win!
2. Use Makeup Remover Pads instead of Makeup wipes
Makeup wipes might be the easy quick option at the end of a busy day with the kids but they're awful for the environment. Makeup wipes are predominantly made up of plastic and can take up to 100 years to properly decompose, so when they're flushed they can end up in the seas and consumed by sea life or washed up on beaches. Instead of using makeup wipes you can use reusable makeup remover pads made from bamboo cloth. These pads work exactly the same as disposable makeup remover pads but instead of chucking them in the bin when you're done, they just need placing into the mesh bag provided and put in with your clothes wash, and they're ready to use again! Sustainable, innovative and beautifying...what’s not to love?!
We love these affordable ones, available on Amazon.
Or alternatively, if you’re feeling creative you can try and make your own.
3. Reduce plastic packaging by swapping to package free-soap or refillable bottles
Potentially the easiest swap is to buy packaging-free soap instead of normal soap or shower gel which comes in disposable plastic bottles and single-use plastic wrapping. Fortunately, there are plenty of places to get your hands on shower essentials “sans” packaging, one of which is Lush. All of Lush's products smell incredible and are handmade with natural ingredients. Plus the soaps come in cute colours and shapes that your kids will love using at bath time!
Another alternative to tis is Soap on a rope. As the name suggests this handy bar of soap comes with a rope handle so there’s no more butter fingers moments in the shower. The Plastic Free shop has a range of vegan soap on a rope made with great smelling essential oils.
When it comes to washing our hair, what many products have in common is the plastic packaging. Instead of buying a new plastic bottle of shampoo or conditioner every time you run out, we suggest that you purchase a reusable bottle that you can refill. More and more health shops are providing refill stations for shampoo, conditioner and shower gel. However, if there aren't any near you, you could always use shampoo and conditioner bars instead. These are also great fun for your kids to get involved with using as well... anything to make bath-time easier! Lush also do a great range of shampoo and conditioner bars that are great for your hair.
4. Swap Disposable nappies for Reusable nappies
One of the stinkiest contributors to waste can be nappies. Nappies can take 200-500 years to decompose and by the time a child is 2 they could have used over 5,000 nappies! Luckily there’s a more sustainable option, reusable nappies. There are various different types of reusable nappies, some coming with a removable biodegradable liner or a washable liner. They’re easy to wash and cheaper than buying disposables! We would recommend Lizzies Real Nappies for good quality, soft nappies.
5. Make your own luxurious body scrub
As mums, we love keeping our family happy but we all know how tiring it can be! Which is why it’s super important to have ‘me time’. Why not wind down by running a big bath, or jumping in a hot shower and pampering yourself. Body scrubs are the perfect way to wash the stress of the day away, and what’s even better news is that they’re super easy to make yourself! Simply mix together 1/2 a cup of coffee grounds, coconut oil and brown sugar, it's too easy! If you’re feeling adventurous, mix in your favourite essential oils like lavender and peppermint for a reviving and relaxing experience. If you don't mind the mess, you could even let the little ones help you make it!
6. Replace your normal toilet paper for bamboo
Production of toilet paper wipes out 27,000 trees a day, destroying our precious planet. Luckily there is an alternative to reduce deforestation. Bamboo plants are the world’s fastest growing plant. They grow 30 times as fast as trees, meaning that cultivating them for toilet roll is highly renewable and sustainable. Personally we love Who Gives a Crap because they donate half of their profits to help build toilets for those in need. Do good, and feel good. The fun packaging is popular with the kids too!
7. Make playtime sustainable too!
Bath time can be great fun for kids, and now there's a way to make it sustainable too! Swapping out bottles of bubble bath for reusable bubble bars can be a REALLY fun way to reduce plastic waste. Lush offer bubble bars in all different shapes and sizes, our favourite are the bubble brushes. The bubble bars come on sticks that can be swirled around in the bath water to create colourful bubble designs and they can be used again and again. Your kids will also love the multi-use fun bath bars, and they can be moulded into any shape, perfect for playing!
Another great toy for the bath is the Green Toys Ferry Boat, which comes with a ramp and cars, plus it's made entirely out of recycled plastic.
These 7 swaps mean that every family member can do their bit towards a more sustainable bathroom! We would love to hear if you have any tips of your own, please leave them in the comments below.
To continue swapping for sustainability check out our girls swimwear which is made from ECONYL ® - a sustainable yarn made from recycled nylon waste found in the ocean and landfill.