I am so happy to say that living a more sustainable and eco-friendly life has become a massive ‘trend’ these days, and I say that because this is a trend for a good cause! There is nothing better than people jumping on a wholesome trend.
Over the past couple of months I’ve been trying to replace things in my home and life to become more eco-friendly. I’m doing it slowly as I don’t want to pressure myself to make changes that I am not yet comfortable with. Today I am going to tell you about some very easy ways to turn your own bathroom into an eco-friendly haven – for not a lot of effort!
I’ve seen a lot of people getting screamed at online for using a plastic straw or for using disposable pads. Please remember that sometimes sustainable products are not accessible or easily available for everyone! If anything, help and motivate your friends in a kinder way. I am quite disappointed with the amount of times I’ve seen people telling other people off online for not taking a plastic bag home from the supermarket because they forgot their tote.
Please be patient with everyone! Every person learns at their own pace! 🙂
If you want more ideas, you can also check out my first eco-friendly post – A Beginner’s Guide To Eco-Friendly Products while you’re here!
I bought my first ever 5-pack of bamboo toothbrushes early this year for myself and my parents from my favourite eco-friendly local seller BambooStrawGirl – I’m sure you’ve heard of her multiple times on my blog!
They are affordable, extremely cute and aesthetically pleasing (mine comes with an animal fact on it!) and you can be use them all while feeling guilt-free. As they are purely made of bamboo, you should try to store them in dry places and in containers where water doesn’t collect as it can form mold (spoken from experience, sadly). I replace my toothbrush approximately every 4 months but dentists recommend you to replace it every 3 months, or when the bristles have frayed.
Glass Containers And Bottles
Just like anywhere else in your home, replacing plastic with glass and/or other sustainable materials is one of the easiest, but most helpful sustainable things to do.
Glass bottles in the bathroom may sound very daunting and scary as bathrooms are usually slippery and glass bottles may fall out of place and break. If you don’t feel confident enough to fill your bathroom with glass items (like I am), just refill your usual plastic bottles with whatever product you were using before and keep it around for awhile. That’s much better than just throwing it out when the product is done.
My family and I have used the same plastic shower gel bottle for a couple of months now and we don’t usually throw it out unless the pump breaks or something similar.
Reduce Your Shower Time
Probably one of the most obvious eco-friendly methods, less water wastage!
My showers are never longer than 15 minutes at max twice a day, and my 2nd shower is almost always only 5 minutes. I will remove my makeup, wash my face, wash my hair and the rest of me in the same shower. I call it a multitask shower! I’m sure many of you already do that and it’s a great way to save water.
Showering with a partner is also a great option!
Naked Shampoo Bars And Soaps
We stan naked products on Marsybun!
Naked shampoo bars and soaps are so accessible these days, and there is so much to choose from! There are also eco-friendly liquid options on the market if you really love liquid soaps.
Regular soaps and shampoos mostly come with lots of plastic packaging and other harmful materials like non-compostable packing peanuts and wrapping, so naked bars and soaps are a great alternative. Handmade soaps are very very pretty, almost always more affordable than regular store-bought organic soaps and also are less harmful for the environment with less chemicals and plastic micro-beads.
Make sure to source your handmade soaps from sellers who ensure that the products are cruelty free, paraben free and non toxic. The soaps I make for myself and for customers at Snuggly Duckling Crafts are all of the above!
Biodegradable Dental Floss
I never thought about purchasing biodegradable dental floss until I came across it on an Etsy store named Me Mother Earth. Their vegan, biodegradable bamboo charcoal dental floss has over 1,000 amazing reviews and I am dying to try it for myself!
I floss my teeth every single day (sometimes twice a day oop) and I really think that this would be a good investment for someone like me. Albeit not as accessible as I would like it to be (as I haven’t seen these advertised anywhere), buying in bulk is still an option for me.
Replacing Sanitary Pads With Menstrual Cups Or Reusable Cloth Pads
This is something I haven’t tried myself as I don’t have proper periods anymore (birth control things) but I do think it is a very handy eco-friendly alternative to ordinary disposable pads.
Many disposable pads on the market are scented or carry toxic substances within them in small quantities which can be very bad for your body. If you replace it with a simple silicone menstrual cup or a harmless reusable cloth pad, you have nothing to worry about!
There are many cute cloth pads I’ve seen online, like the ones from Gladrags (they also do pantyliners which I do use – would love to try them one day), Hannah Pad (such cute designs) and The Period Co who also do menstrual cups.
This is probably the hardest eco-friendly bathroom switch for me personally as I don’t like inserting things into my body and I’ve never worn a tampon, and the thought of wearing a reusable pad can be quite icky for someone with hygiene-based OCD like me. However, I’ve seen tons of reviews from people who have tried these products and they have never looked back – it is definitely worth checking out!
Choosing Cleansing Oils/Balms Over Makeup Wipes
If you’ve been exposed to the world of Hyram, you would’ve by now used and disposed of ALL your makeup wipes. They are to be banished to hell!
I was guilty of being a big fan of Garnier’s Micellar Water for many years and using disposable cotton pads along with them. 2 years ago when I started getting really into Korean beauty, I learned that cleansing oils are so much better for your skin and are also so great for the environment!
Some cleansing oils I would recommend would be DHC’s Deep Cleansing Oil and By Klairs’s Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil. I recently dabbled in a bit of cleansing balm as well and I absolutely love the Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm. The packaging of the Banila Co products are so pretty, I currently reuse them to store jewellery.
I hope you enjoyed reading my post on how to turn your bathroom into a more eco-friendly environment. Do you currently use any of the methods or products I talked about?
If you know of more interesting and affordable products or brands that I haven’t mentioned here, please leave them in the comments down below as I’d love to explore more eco-friendly options.
Have a good day ahead and take care!