30 Tips to Make your Bathroom Eco-friendly

Ideas and tips to make your bathroom more eco-friendly. Easy ways to implement a more zero-waste lifestyle. One room at a time.

8/9/20224 min read

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Bathrooms can we quite a wasteful place in your home. We have skincare bottles, toiletries, water use, toilet paper, just to name a few. Nowadays there are some easy swaps we can implement to create a more eco-friendly bathroom in your home.

1. Sustainable toothbrush and aluminium/glass toothpaste. - Using a bamboo toothbrush or an electric toothbrush with recyclable heads. Also using toothpaste that comes in a glass jar or aluminium recyclable tube.

2. Recycled or bamboo toilet paper There’s plenty of brand nowadays that are affordable and convenient. Who gives a Crap is just one example : https://whogivcrap.prf.hn/click/camref:1100lpYf5

3. Shower timer or a water-saving shower. Time your shower to 4-8 min or install a shower head that uses less water.

4. Refillable shampoo and conditioner/ shampoo bars or buying in bulk. Finding a good company that refills your shampoo bottles if you prefer liquid or buying in bulk. If you are open to shampoo/conditioner bars that are the most eco-friendly option. For example https://ethique.com.au/

5. Hand soap tablets. These are going to be the new normal. No plastic and excess. The tablets disperse in your already owned hand soap bottle. It’s cheaper and waaaay more efficient on tackling waste. For example: https://tirtyl.com.au/

6. Less water per flush toilets. Investing in a better water star rating toilet. Uses less water with every flush.

7. Wooden hairbrush. These are way better for your hair and plastic hair brushes break and take yeaaaars to breakdown.

8. Reusable ear buds or biodegradable buds. Reusable ear buds being the best option, you just clean after use and boom! There’s beauty swabs that are reusable and also for your ears. For example: https://thekindqueststore.com/products/lastswab-basic-black

9. No aerosol cans, using spray bottles for your scents or diffusers/candles. Some ingredients used in these cans have a hazardous affect on our environment.

10. Use reusable makeup removing pads instead of makeup wipes. There’s so many companies now that have reusable halos now. Ones that you can even out into your washing machine and stick around to be used again and again.

11. Choose less plastic for your skin care/beauty products. Opting for glass/aluminium bottles as they are easier to be recycled.

12. Refillable deodorants. Businesses are now creating affordable refills for your deodorants cases. For example: https://www.wearewild.com/

13. Refillable cleaning products. Same as hand soap tablets, they have now made tablets, capsules or tabs that disperse in water. That can be used in your already owned spray bottles. For example: https://ecyo.com.au/products/antibacterial-cleaning-spray-3-pack

14. Using products that are grey water safe. It’s better for the waterways and this gives you an option to let your water system on your garden.

15. Switch to a menstrual cup or period underwear. Menstrual products are very wasteful and necessary. So switching to a menstrual cup if you’re comfortable or period underwear/ reusable pads for those who prefer it.

16. Do not leave the tap running whilst brushing your teeth or washing your face. This is unnecessarily wasteful.

17. Bamboo towels. A more sustainable option with a variety of benefits. Bamboo grows more efficiently with less water use. Also they have anti-bacterial properties that helps prevent growth of moisture on your towels. So you don’t have to wash the towels as much as cotton towels.

18. Solar hot water heater to heat your showers instead of gas.

19. Recycle your glass and plastic properly. Clean your recyclables and make sure they can be recycled in your home recycling bin. If not, see if they can been dropped off at your local Recycle bin.

20. Design a bathroom with more natural lighting or use energy-saving lightbulbs without VOC.

21. Use your products until they are empty. Don't let anything go to waste. So buy products you really like.

22. Stainless steel reusable razor. That you can replace the blades on and continue using for years and years. Instead of throwing out those plastic heads and using all that plastic packaging when buying replacement heads. Don’t get me started on disposable razors…

23. Use a Konjac sponge instead of a loofah. This can breakdown after use, and can be placed in a compost bin.

24. Coconut oil as shaving cream or a shaving bar. This reduces buying plastic or unnecessary spray cans.

25. Put a bucket under the shower when you’re warming up the water and use it to water your plants.

26. Ditch products with exfoliating micro beads. These micro plastics are swarming our oceans. Being consumed by us, fish and other marine life. They are very sneakily put into products like toothpaste and exfoliators. Opt for products that use clay, fruit, nuts or seeds as exfoliating particles.

27. Use your leftover coffee grounds to make a coffee scrub. If you have excess coffee grounds why not? You won’t have to buy a body scrub again!

28. Make some of your products; lip balm, mouthwash, etc. Some easy products to make that and can be little adjustments to your regular plastic products.

29. Let your hair air dry, instead of using a hairdryer. Now I know that this is not applicable to everyones hair types. But if something you can do, it also reduces the amount of heat applied to your hair.

30. Try to not take baths. Keep them as a treat. Taking unnecessary baths weekly adds up on water usage.