5 plastic free swaps for your bathroom!

Sticking with the theme of #PlasticFreeJuly, today we look at five practical ways to make your bathroom a little bit more sustainable and zero waste. Bathrooms can easily become overloaded with unnecessary products and plastic and often it can be difficult to know where to begin. We hope these five tips will make it easier for you!

1) Swap your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo one:

Did you know that 2 billion plastic toothbrushes end up in the ocean annually?! This is one of the most obvious swaps to make and probably one of the easiest too! Bamboo toothbrushes have become a lot more accessible in recent years because of their rise in popularity. They can be found online at stores like Faithful to Nature, as well as in store at Clicks and Dis-Chem.

2) Give DIY cleaning products a try:

The majority of conventional cleaning products are just a bunch of chemicals, packaged in a pretty plastic container. However, most of these can be swapped out for healthier, more natural alternatives and can even be made at home! For example, filling a spray bottle with vinegar, lemon and essential oils is a great all round natural cleaner. Plus, you know exactly what it’s made of! For more DIY cleaning ideas and recipes check out Hello Glow.

3) Hair and body care:

We all have different requirements when it comes to skin and hair care so this will be different for everyone. It also might take a bit of trial and error depending on your personal needs. Shampoo and conditioner in plastic containers can be swapped out for shampoo or conditioner bars. Dry shampoo is also an option, but can be homemade too! There are so many natural alternatives to body moisturisers and creams, like coconut oil for example. It’s one of the most diverse oils that can be used all over the body, plus there are many plastic free options available.

4) Opt for plastic free period products:

Last week we published a blog post on how to have a plastic free period with Sheba Feminine products. Plastic free periods are possible, and even if you don’t swap all your menstrual products for plastic free alternatives, any change no matter how small makes a difference.

5) In the shower or bath:

Even the things we use to clean our bodies can be filled with plastic! Swapping plastic shower pouf’s or gloves for natural or biodegradable alternatives like hemp or cotton can make a significant difference. Soap or body wash that’s packaged in plastic can be replaced with either glass (just be very careful when using it) or recycled paper/ cardboard packaging.