The first space I decided to transform in my apartment was my bathroom. A lot of my products were stored in plastic bottles. For that reason I decided to look for zero waste alternatives to minimize the waste.
Shower Gel vs. Soap
I replaced my shower gel in a plastic bottle by a package-free handmade soap. There are many soap shops in Vancouver and the choices are unlimited. Lavender and coconut soaps are my favorite ones so far, but I have my eye on a chocolate soap. In addition, the soaps last longer than shower gels and are more gentle to my skin. It’s a win-win! One of my favourite brand is Good Soap and you can usually find a good deal if you buy in bulk!
Hand Soap Liquid vs. Soap
Package-free hand soap is easy to use and you can experiment with different types and flavors. The options are endless! I usually spend hours in the soap shops exploring the variety of soaps until I pick one for myself.
Shampoo vs. Shampoo Bars
I was skeptical when I read about shampoo bars. Soap for my hair? I wasn’t sure what to expect so I asked for a sample bar in my favorite shop. The difference was visible after few weeks of using the shampoo bar. My hair looked more alive due to the absence of chemicals in the product. I also purchased a container for the bar made of recycled aluminium to store my shampoo bar.Check out Lush, it’s shampoo bars come in funky colors!
Body lotion and Body Scrub from a store vs. Homemade Body lotion and Body Scrub
The switch from commercial products was a challenge, but the coconut oil came to rescue. Coconut oil is stored in glass containers and has amazing effects on my skin. Few months into using coconut oil as a body lotion, I can’t imagine going back to commercial products. Body scrub is the same story. Amazing DIY body scrubs recipes are just one google search away. My favorite scrub is coconut oil mixed with raw sugar and you can get creative when mixing your own body scrub. Not to mention that glass containers are reusable and can be recycled forever at minimal energy use.
Plastic Toothbrush vs. Bamboo Toothbrush
I admit I have never really thought about the impact a single toothbrush has on the environment. Did you know that your first toothbrush is still around? When I started looking for alternatives, I was surprised by the number and variety of providers out there. I chose a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush with soft nylon bristles. Technically, bristles are biodegradable, but it might take around 30 years to completely degrade. For that reason, I simply remove the bristles and recycle them after my toothbrush is past its expiration date. So far I’ve been using Bambrush products because I’m happy with their products as well as with the customer service.
Toothpaste in Tube vs. Homemade Toothpaste
Did you know that the toothpaste tube will be around forever? The tube can’t be recycled, so I decided to make my own toothpaste. The recipe I tried is a mix of coconut oil, essential oil and baking soda. I usually make a simple toothpaste following this recipe and use a glass jar to store it. Making your own toothpaste is not just environmentally friendly, but it’s also friendly for your wallet. Sounds great, doesn’t it?
This is just a beginning of my bathroom transformation and there is more to come. Slowly, but surely I’m following the path to my destination – my zero waste life.
Do you have any tips & tricks of your own for a zero waste bathroom?
I’d love to hear from you!