Top 10 Plastic Free Bathroom Swaps

July 12, 2019

Top 10 Plastic Free Bathroom Swaps

1. Switch to a sustainable bamboo toothbrush

It’s thought that over 3 billion plastic toothbrushes are thrown away every year worldwide, many of which end up floating in the sea or washed up on a beach. With the average person using 300 in their lifetime, that’s a whole lot of plastic pollution. Using a bamboo toothbrush with a biodegradable handle is a simple and easy change to make. Crafted from sustainable, organic bamboo, which is naturally anti-bacterial, we have a range of bamboo toothbrushes that include plant-based bristles, the perfect alternative to environmentally damaging plastic toothbrushes.

Bamboo Toothbrush - From £3.25

Bamboo Toothbrushes and Holder

2. Partner your toothbrush with natural toothpaste or toothpowder

Swap the plastic toothpaste tube with a reusable glass jar with our Georganics toothpaste and toothpowder range. By only using natural ingredients,  Georganics avoid any synthetic chemicals that have been shown to be detrimental to both your health and the environment. The fluoride free and SLS free formulation is an ideal replacement to conventional toothpastes.

Plastic-free, recyclable and compostable packaging, this toothpaste range comes in recyclable glass jar, aluminium lid and compostable box. The bamboo spatula, sourced by FSC approved companies, is also biodegradable by nature.

Georganics Natural Toothpaste and Toothpowder - From £6.90

Georganics Toothpaste 

3. Freshen your breath with Mouthwash Tablets or Oil Pulling Mouthwash

Swap the mouthwash plastic bottles with eco-friendly, plastic-free alternatives. Love that minty fresh feeling after brushing your teeth in the morning? Why not keep minty fresh all day long with our Spearmint Mouthwash Tablets?  They come in recyclable glass jar with an aluminium lid packaged in a compostable box. Each bottle contains 180 tablets which is 3 month’s supply. They’re perfect for travelling too, simply pop in your bag to take on the go! 

If mouthwash tablets aren’t for you why not try out our English Peppermint Oil Pulling Mouthwash. This mouthwash comes in a recyclable glass bottle, aluminium lid and compostable box. Both options are free from Fluoride, SLS & Glycerin and are PETA Cruelty-free & Vegan!

Georganics Spearmint Mouthwash Tablets - £8.90

Georganics Mouthwash Tablets

Georganics Oil Pulling Mouthwash - £6.90

Georganics Oil Pulling Mouthwash 

4. Shave the traditional way

Billions of plastic disposable razors are thrown into landfill every year! They’re designed to be used only a few times and then thrown in the bin and aren't recyclable as they are made of many different materials, including plastic, steel and rubber. Most major shaving companies pack their shaving foams with toxic, unnatural chemicals in non-recyclable containers and harmful plastic packaging. It’s time to ditch the plastic disposable razors and switch to a traditional stainless-steel razor. Kinder to your skin, wallet & the environment!

Shaving Kits - from £13.50

 

Mutiny Shaving Kit 

5. Switch to soap bars

Soap bars are making a comeback in our bathrooms! Retail data suggests that sales of bars of soap grew faster than both liquid soaps and shower products last year suggesting that we are searching for eco-friendly and sustainable alternatives. Remember, not all soap bars are sustainable with many still being wrapped in plastic and containing palm oil.

One of the easiest plastic free swaps we’ve made as a family is to soap bars. I totally love our Wild Sage and Co and Happy Holistics soaps and have really enjoyed trying them all out! All soaps are Palm Oil Free and 100% natural (no parabens or artificial fragrances). They’re also plastic free, wrapped in recycled paper or muslin cloth and card. They all smell simply wonderful so why not give one or two or maybe three a go?

Soap Bars - From £4.50

Wild Sage and Co Soaps

 

6. Floss the sustainable way

Most regular floss is not only made from plastic it’s also heavily packaged in plastic! Reduce your impact with our Georganics Natural Silk Dental Floss. Made from sustainable ahimsa silk, coated with natural waxes and flavoured with essential oils. It's packed in a fully compostable kraft box, with a reusable glass dispenser, designed to be used again and again with the floss refills.

Georganics Silk Floss - £4.90

Georganics Floss

 

7. Ditch the shampoo and conditioner bottles

More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year! Ditch plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles forever with our Plastic Free, Organic and Vegan Friendly, Beauty Kubes. Free from sulphates, synthetic fragrances and preservatives, they’re so easy to use.

I’ve also recently started using the conditioner which is brilliant at detangling my long knotty-prone hair, leaving it silky smooth. They're brilliant for travelling - they don't take up much space, there is no risk of a liquid leak in your bag and you don't need to worry about airport restrictions around liquids. I actually pop a couple in a stainless-steel snack tin for short weekends away. If the cubes aren’t for you try out one of our shampoo bars!

Beauty Kubes Shampoo and Conditioner Cubes - from £8.50

Beauty Kubes

For those looking for a liquid conditioner we have the Wild Sage and Co Lavender and Rose Geranium Hair Conditioner with Organic Broccoli Oil. It’s 100% natural, vegan and is palm oil free. It’s good for all hair types and you only need to use a very small amount so this jar should last you ages. So, if you are looking for the perfect plastic free, natural, vegan friendly haircare go check out our collection. 

Wild Sage and Co Lavender and Rose Geranium Hair Conditioner with Organic Broccoli Oil - £19.95

Wild Sage and Co Lavender and Rose Geranium Hair Conditioner with Organic Broccoli Oil 

8. Invest in some makeup remover pads

The issue of wet wipes and their negative impact on the environment has been widely reported over recent years. Many claim to be ‘flushable’ and biodegradable however most are found to contain plastic!  Apart from the environmental impact they’re not very effective at removing make-up and cleaning your face.  

One of the easiest zero waste swaps I've made - The La Nature Reusable Bamboo Makeup Remover pads are so effective at removing makeup - even tough waterproof mascara!! I find they're super soft on the skin and absorb liquid really well, reducing the waste of my makeup remover too. They wash really well and come out really soft and stain free. I simply rinse them out, leave them to dry, and then pop them in with my whites to wash. I like to use a small reusable mesh bag to keep them together. Not only do the La Nature makeup pads help reduce your waste but they’ll save you money. On average, one reusable pad is the equivalent to using up to 300 disposable cotton pads!!

La Nature Reusable Bamboo Makeup Remover Pads x 8  - £10

Eco Beau La Nature Reusable Makeup Remover Pads

 

9. Avoid plastic waste with cotton and bamboo buds 

Figures have shown that Brits use 1.8 billion plastic-stemmed cotton buds every year. The U.K. Government has recently announced a ban of plastic- handled cotton buds from April next year. The move is hoped to significantly reduce pollution and protect the environment from single use plastic waste.

A great alternative to plastic buds, bamboo cotton buds are sustainable, natural, and earth-friendly. These cotton buds are made from organic bamboo and cotton making them 100% biodegradable. Unlike plastic buds which are commonly found washed up on our beaches or floating in the oceans for hundreds of years these organic bamboo and cotton buds can be simply into your organic waste or compost.

Bamboo Cotton Buds (100 pack) - £2.50

 Bamboo Cotton Buds

10. Have a go at making your own natural cleaning products

It’s not only the products we use on our face and body that we need to think about when reducing our plastic waste in the bathroom. Have you considered the amount of plastic and harmful chemicals that are used in our bathroom cleaning products?

On a quest to find a natural plastic free bathroom cleaner I came across a simple and really effective natural bathroom cleaner recipe. It’s super easy to make and pretty cheap too! You've probably got some in your kitchen cupboard, but did you know Bicarbonate of Soda is one of the best cleaning agents around? Bicarbonate of soda is a really effective but gentle abrasive cleaner and a natural deodoriser.

Ingredients

3 parts Bicarbonate of Soda to 1 part washing up liquid

Bicarbonate of Soda

Pop the Bicarbonate of Soda into a bowl or container and add in the the washing up liquid. Mix gently to form a paste. I like to use a container with a lid so that I can make up a larger quantity. You may find that it will fizz a little on mixing. Apply a small amount onto a dishcloth (reusable of course!) and rub around bathtub, sinks, showers. I like to leave for a little while before rubbing and rinsing. Simply add water to your cloth and gently rub away. Follow this by buffing and drying with a clean tea towel/old towel. 

You will find that Bicarbonate of Soda is an amazing cleaner for many areas of the house. From toilets, sinks, kitchens and bathrooms – the possibilities are endless!




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