4 Easy Zero Waste Bathroom Swaps


Trying to reduce the amount of waste plastic that enters our lives can be very overwhelming. Especially if you haven't made any changes at all yet. An element of the zero waste movement that I think sometimes gets overlooked is that we should use what we already own before buying alternatives.  This means use up your shampoo, your toothpaste, use your razors until they cannot be used, use up your makeup products - before going out to buy low-waste or plastic free alternatives. I feel like this statement goes with buying any kind of new products, be sure to use what you have before buying new. For some reason I have collected multiple tubs of body moisturiser and body butter, so before I start looking for alternative options, I plan to use every last drop of them. I suggest you do the same. Look in your drawers, you may be surprised how many lip balms or moisturisers or spare toothbrushes you have accumulated and that should be used by you!

If you have used all your products, or is coming to the end of a products use - here are the eco-friendly and low waste alternatives that I have started using in my bathroom!

BAMBOO TOOTHBRUSH
The use of bamboo toothbrushes as an alternative is SO exclaimed online that I'd be surprised if you hadn't thought of it as an option. Regardless of that, I think it is one of the easier swaps to make in your bathroom. As a previous user of plastic disposable toothbrushes, I can say that there isnt much difference between plastic and bamboo styles. They are widely available online in multipacks (i found some links here, here and here,) they also sell Colgate ones in Boots now and in Tesco too.
So next time you go to buy a pack of toothbrushes, choose bamboo!!

TOOTHPASTE TABLETS
A little more rogue here, but I also swapped to using Denttabs, or toothpaste tablets. Luckily I can buy them in my local refill shop in Leeds, but you can also order them online here. To use them, you place the tablet in your mouth, chew it until it goes soft, mix it with some saliva (yum) and it will turn into a paste-like consistency - then you scoop it up with your bamboo toothbrush and brush as normal! I use the tablets with fluoride, but if you wish to use some without, they are available too! The main difference I noticed was that they don't lather as much in your mouth, so it won't feel as foamy as normal toothpaste. Nevertheless, my teeth still feel super clean!

SHAMPOO BARS
LUSH have been known to sell shampoo bars for a while now, but did you know you can get them in Waitrose, Sainsburys and Boots now? This plastic free shampoo alternative takes practice in using. To use one, you wet your hands and lather the soap in your palms, then applying the lather onto your hair, then wash off. Due to the nature of the bar, it can feel quite drying on your hair - but it may be worth trying different types, some have moisturising elements to them. If it doesn't work for you, use the bar as a soap bar to wash your hands with!

SHAMPOO REFILLS
This option is probably dependant on how accessible refill shops are to you. I personally prefer using refill shampoo, it lathers better and is similar to using a shampoo I would have bought before. Bring your own bottle (bonus points for using an old shampoo bottle), fill it up and buy at the refill shop then go clean yo hair! I also love this type of shampoo because I can buy 'sample' sizes of shampoo to see if it works for my hair, before committing to filling a larger bottle. Faith In Nature have a refill location masterlist so if you are looking for somewhere close to you in the UK, have a look on their website. They have a variation of shampoo for different hair types, which I think is great!


If you feel like you have mastered these bathroom swaps, have you tried switching to a metal safety razor yet? I recently wrote a blog post on Why Safety Razors Aren't That Scary, which if you are new to this kind of razor explains everything, from changing the blades, to shaving with one!

Which zero waste bathroom swaps are you going to buy once your products have run out?






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