If you’re looking for ways to streamline your toiletry collection and reduce the amount of plastic in your bathroom, this might be a good place to start…
Use what you have
The first step is the least exciting (sorry). There’s no point getting all excited about replacing your toiletries when you have drawers and shelves of unused bottles still. If you can palm them off to someone else who will use them- by all means do it. Otherwise, you might as well use them up…
Solid products are the answer to everything when it comes to wasting less toiletries! Wash your hands and body with a bar of soap, that’s the easiest one. Solid versions exist of shampoo, deodorant, body cream… It lasts longer and is better value for money because you’re not being sold the diluted version in water. Also, solid products don’t need to be contained in plastic containers- it’s honestly a win-win; convenient and planet-saving! LUSH is a great place to go for solid deodorant, soap, shampoo and shower gel, but you can find soap loose or in cardboard/paper at supermarkets and small independent shops, health food stores etc.
There’s nothing more earth-friendly than not buying it in the first place. When I first started out on the eco road I tried to replace all the products I used to use with greener versions- which is still a valid effort by the way- before I realised that it was less of a headache on all accounts to just ditch as many products as I could. I always found applying body cream and shampooing my hair to be a faff anyway, so when I found out you can do without them I honestly jumped for joy! The freedom of not having to spend time and money on shampoo, cream and other toiletries makes it pretty much guaranteed that I won’t slip back into unsustainable practices- it would mean applying so much more effort (something I’m clearly not about!)
The less you have, the less you have to maintain, replace and spend time applying/using regularly. Sometimes I love my lazy ways 🙂
Every little helps
No, I’m not telling you to shop at a certain supermarket, I’m saying don’t underestimate the tiny decisions you make. Running the tap for an extra few seconds than you need to equals A LOT of water! So whether you’re brushing your teeth, washing your hands, or having a shower- every time you decide to turn the water off when you don’t need it, you get a (figurative) medal!
Do your research
There are so many great blogs and Youtube channels dedicated to reducing waste. Search ‘zero waste’, ‘green’ or ‘eco’ followed by the item your looking for (menstrual products, razors, deodorant etc.) and you’ll find a range of options. The great thing is that this way you’ll get a better idea of what you want because others have already tried it and they can tell you the pros and cons.