Plastic free toiletries for a more eco-friendly bathroom
The beauty and personal care industry are responsible for a lot of plastic waste. Products you use for a few days, weeks or months come packaged in plastic that will be around for longer than you’re alive and much of it is hard if not impossible to recycle. Choosing zero waste toiletries is a great way to limit the amount of plastic you buy.
In some cases, the switch is simple and pretty much like for like. A biodegradable toothbrush works in exactly the same way as a plastic one and a reusable safety razor performs just like a disposable one without the need to dispose of it each week.
For other products, however, the change is a little different and removing the plastic requires a change in how the product is formulated.
Using solid bars instead of liquid
Bars of soap are making a comeback and a big part of that is that solid soap, unlike liquid, doesn’t require a plastic bottle to contain it.
Most people are fairly happy with the idea of washing their hands with a bar of soap but what about their body, hair and face?
Solid shampoo bars, conditioner and even moisturising bars are great plastic-free alternatives that can dramatically reduce the number of plastic bottles in your bathroom. They might take a bit of getting used to but most people find they are just as effective if not more so, especially as they tend to be made from natural ingredients.
Bath bombs are a great alternative to bubble bath and just as luxurious. And we’re definitely converted to solid shaving bars.
Oil cleansing and beauty balms
Plastic is also a favourite packing material for moisturisers and cleansers. It’s light, durable and cheap, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t great alternatives available.
Many ethical and eco-friendly suppliers use glass or metal to package moisturisers which is easily and almost infinitely recyclable.
Cutting down on the number of products you use is also a great way to reduce waste and is one reason why we love beauty balms. Made without water they don’t need preservatives so they are kinder to your skin and you can use the same product to cleanse and moisturise.
Zero waste toothpaste
Toothpaste, like many personal care products we are used to using today generally comes in plastic.
And being as it’s something you use multiple times a day the chances are you get through a fair few tubes over the course of a year.
It’s one of the harder products to switch as chewing a little tooth tablet takes a bit of getting used to but its well worth it if you’re serious about reducing your plastic waste. And there are plenty of great options including powders, tabs, solid bars and more traditional pastes that come in glass jars rather than plastic tubes.
Plastic free deodorant
Deodorant is another item that many people are reluctant to switch especially as for many people they will have spent years finding one they love.
Most conventional antiperspirants and deodorants are either aerosols or come in plastic packaging but many natural deodorants are in fact plastic-free.