This week, we’re sharing six sustainable swaps for a zero waste bathroom!
At Delara Home, we spend a lot of time talking about bedrooms and how to make them the most sustainable and calming as they can be. A good bedroom set up is integral to a good night’s sleep, so it’s one of the most important rooms in the home.
Another room that deserves attention though is the bathroom, and this week, we’ve dedicated a post all about simple swaps that you can make to create a zero waste bathroom.
As we always say, when it comes to reducing consumption and waste in your life and home, you don’t need to be perfect. Aiming for perfection is the surest way to get completely overwhelmed and want to avoid moving towards a low waste lifestyle all together.
Instead, focus on making a few simple swaps at a time. Decide what you’re interested in switching and what is manageable for you and use that as your starting point.
The following are some of our favorite (and easiest!) ways to move towards a zero waste bathroom.
1. Switch to a shampoo bar
Ditch the plastic bottles of shampoo and conditioner and switch instead to shampoo bars! Not only do they require much less packaging, they’re also free from the chemicals found in most shampoos, so they’ll leave your hair feeling much softer and healthier. A real win win!
2. Swap makeup remover wipes for coconut oil
Yes, makeup wipes are convenient. No, they’re not necessary and they’re definitely not good for the planet. Using a couple of makeover remover wipes every day really adds up, but luckily there is a super simple and eco-friendly alternative!
Coconut oil (or really any oil of choice) is great for removing makeup, and it’s amazing for your skin (look into the oil cleansing method for tips on how to actually cleanse your face using oil).
3. Use organic bath products
We spoke last week about the benefits of organic cotton bedding, and the same benefits apply to your bath products and towels. Switching to organic towels, bathmats, hand towels, and face cloths is a really easy switch that has a great impact on your health and the environment.
4. Make your own body products
An easy (and fun!) way to reduce waste is to make your own body products! And most of what you need is likely already in your kitchen. Use salt or coffee grinds for a body scrub, sugar for a face exfoliator, honey for a face mask, and yogurt for a hair mask.
This will not only save you money, it’s also much more natural and doesn’t involve any environmentally taxing production, shipping, or packaging.
5. Make your own cleaning products
Another eco-friendly swap that will save you money. Making your own DIY cleaning products is really easy and ensures you’re not breathing in harsh chemicals or pouring them down your drain. Head to Pinterest for tons of DIY cleaning recipes.
6. Decorate your bathroom naturally
Filling your bathroom (and home) with beautiful natural elements not only creates a calming space, but it’s also a really great eco-friendly alternative to purchasing décor items in stores (and again, saves you money!).
Things like plants, flowers, stones, shells, and driftwood make for soothing, beautiful and natural décor pieces.
7. Upgrade your dental care
Between plastic toothbrushes, commercially made toothpaste, and plastic floss, the waste from your dental care can really add up.
Switching from a plastic toothbrush to a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush is a really easy switch (plus they look cute!), and you can make your own toothpaste or purchase a more natural and eco-friendly brand.
As for flossing, water picking is a great option, and there are also reusable floss options available in most health food stores.
As you can see, creating a more environmentally friendly low waste bathroom doesn’t need to be difficult or expensive! Just by making a few simple swaps, you’re well on your way to greatly reducing your waste.
Ready to start making switches? You can shop our luxurious organic cotton bathroom products here.