5 Easy Eco Friendly Swaps (Bathroom Edition)

We all need to do our bit to protect our planet, but sometimes getting into the eco friendly world can seem a bit intimidating.

Unfortunately, there’s always people with opinions and how and what we should be doing. And they can make you feel like if you’re not doing things their way or adapting an ‘all or nothing’ approach then it’s not worth bothering.

But that isn’t the case. Every single little improvement we make as individuals, no matter how small – it all adds up.

We should be encouraging any and all attempts at being more eco friendly and not condemning people who try because they ‘get it wrong’.

If you’re dipping your toe into the world of sustainability, here a few eco friendly swaps you can make in your bathroom.

Ditch the Shower Gel, Switch to Soap

Instead of buying shower gel in a plastic bottle, bar a soap bar.

They usually come in a cardboard package rather than plastic and solid bars last longer as you use far less product. Not to mention the fact they’re usually cheaper too.

Soap bars lather really generously and you are less likely to use too much in one go unlike squeezing showel gel out of a bottle.

Ditch the Makeup Wipes, Switch to a Flannel

A flannel used with a cleanser is much more effective than disposable makeup removing wipes.

Just pop in the wash when you’re done  – you’ll save money and reduce waste.

Ditch Cotton Wool Pads, Switch to Reusable Pads

If you buy reusable cotton pads, it might seem a little pricy in comparison to your usual disposable cotton pads but the life span is far greater and you’ll eventually recoup the money you would’ve spent and start to save money.

One common complaint with reusable pads is that they absorb more product than disposable pads so here’s a little tip – rinse your pad in water and squeeze out the excess so it is damp before use. This will stop the pad over absorbing product.

You could even have a go at making your own pads rather than buying them.

Ditch Disposable Razors, Switch to a Safety Razor

Safety razor blades provide an average of 8-10 shaves before they need replacing, which is much more durable than a disposable razor.

They also provide a cleaner shave, less irritation and reduce ingrown hairs unlike their plastic counterparts.

Replacement blades are cheap and readily available and what’s more, once you are completely done with your razor it can be recycled. Unlike the plastic disposable ones which just end up in landfill.

Ditch One Use Period Products, Switch to Reusable

There are many reusable period products on the market now, so you’re bound to find something to suit you.

Though period pants are pricey from some brands, more and more retailers are offering their own ranges at much more accessible price points. Not to mention the fact that their absorption threshold is much higher than sanitary towels and tampons meaning you need to change less often.

You could also use reusable sanitary towels (or have a go at making your own!) or a mooncup or similar washable product.

Summary

These are just a few small suggestions for swaps you can make in your bathroom. Even if you just tried implementing one, you’d be reducing the amount of waste you send to landfill.

 

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