6 Sustainable Alternatives That Can Replace Your Bathroom Shelf Products
The average person uses about nine personal care products each day and the empty containers invariably end up in the trash can. This creates a lot of waste and takes a toll on the environment.
While it is impossible to live entirely without creating any waste, there are more sustainable alternatives that can replace your bathroom shelf products!
In this blog post, we will discuss six eco-friendly options that are sure to leave your skin feeling soft and silky and the environment a bit less impacted.
Replace your disposable razor with a safety razor or a depilator
To reduce waste and save money in the long run, men can replace their disposable razor with a safety razor and women with a depilator.
Both options can be reused indefinitely and moreover, both provide a closer shave than disposable razors.
This is not the place to go into details, but here are a few tips on how to choose well:
For a more comfortable experience, choose an electric depilator with vibration. The vibration massages the skin and makes the process painless. The skin is relaxed by the massage which in turn helps you stay committed to using this machine!
To find a safety razor that best suits you, consider the following factors: blade type, handle material, and weight. The two main types of razor blades are double-edge (DE) and single-edge (SE). DE blades are more common and can be used with any safety razor. SE blades are less common but offer a closer shave.
Swap out your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo toothbrush
When it comes to brushing your teeth, you might not think that there’s a more sustainable option than a plastic toothbrush. But actually, bamboo toothbrushes are becoming more and more popular as an eco-friendly alternative.
Bamboo is a fast-growing grass that doesn’t require any pesticides or fertilizers to grow, which makes it a much more sustainable option than plastic. Plus, bamboo toothbrushes are just as effective as regular toothbrushes, so you can feel good about making the switch!
Ditch the disposable toiletry items and switch to reusable alternatives
Since we’re on the topic of sustainable living, let’s talk about some alternatives to those one-time-use toiletry items.
You know the things I’m talking about – those little shampoo and conditioner bottles you get at hotels, the single-use razor blades, and cotton swabs. Ditching these items in favor of reusable alternatives is not only better for the environment, but it can also save you money in the long run.
Also, consider getting zero waste mouthwash and toothpaste. Not only are these sustainable, but they’re also way better for your health!
Use bar soap instead of body wash or shampoo
If you’re not careful, body wash and shampoo can really add up. A single bottle of each lasts me maybe two or three months, which means I go through at least four bottles of each per year. That’s a lot of plastic!
Fortunately, there’s a sustainable solution: bar soap. It doesn’t last as long as a body wash or shampoo, but it’s much better for the environment.
Plus, there are a lot of great bar soaps on the market these days. You can find ones that suit your skin type, smell great, and leave you feeling clean and refreshed.
Make your own cleaning products using natural ingredients
Of course, one of the best sustainable alternatives to conventional bathroom products is to make your own!
Not only will this save you money in the long run, but you’ll also know exactly what ingredients are going into each product.
There are endless recipes online for DIY cleaning products, so you’re sure to find one that suits your needs.
One simple and effective recipe is to mix equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. This can be used as an all-purpose cleaner for surfaces, mirrors, and even toilets.
If you’re looking for something with a little more oomph, add a few drops of essential oil to your mixture for a pleasant smell. Tea tree oil is known for its antibacterial properties, making it a great choice for the bathroom.
Recycle your old bathroom products
Once you’ve made the switch to a more sustainable bathroom shelf, you can recycle your old products and tools. This helps to keep them out of landfills, where they can take centuries to decompose.
To recycle your old bathroom products and tools, see if your local recycling center accepts them. If not, see if there’s a company that specializes in recycling these types of products.
Using tools from natural materials like wood and bamboo makes recycling much easier, of course.
In the end, sustainable alternatives are available for many of the products we use every day. By making small changes in our choices, we can collectively make a big difference for the environment. Do your research and find what works best for you and your family!