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Slow Transition To A Low-Waste / Zero-Waste Bathroom

Updated: Mar 13

I was first introduced to the idea of over consumption and waste in 2008 when one of my college professors played a short twenty-minute documentary called The Story of Stuff From there a slow but steady interest in the environment began to develop. Actually, much change didn't emanate from just that one video I saw. It took the continuous bombardment of plastic waste pollution videos on Facebook and the movie Cowspiracy to make me want to change.


So here I am a few years later realizing that we are drowning in plastic; frustrated after every time I notice something else around my house that has no business being a disposable plastic item and looking for an alternative.





I will begin my journey to a more eco-friendly home in the bathroom. Below are a few items that I found in my bathroom that have plastic parts.


+ All purpose disinfecting cleaner

+ body sponge/brush

+ body wash

+ conditioner

+ contact case

+ contact liquid

+ cotton buds

+ cotton face cloth

+ dental floss

+ deodorant

+ face and body lotion

+ hair gel

+ hand soap

+ makeup

+ menstrual products

+ mirror cleaner

+ razor

+ shampoo

+ toilet bowl brush

+ toilet bowl disinfecting cleaner

+ toilet paper

+ toothbrush

+ toothpaste

+ witch hazel


This is not to say that I will throw away what I currently have in lieu of new eco-friendly alternatives. I will use up what I have and purchase its replacement then.


Some time ago, I switched my plastic toothbrush to a bamboo toothbrush, my plastic razor to a double edged safety razor and my body wash for a bar of soap. I've been trying the no-poo-shampoo method for about a year. It took a bit of figuring out and now I can say that I am happy with the results. I dilute a bit of apple cider vinegar into water and use my fingers to scrub the mixture on my scalp and hair as you would if you were using foamy soap. I will write a post on no-poo soon. Anyway, there is no need to purchase any plastic bottles when using this method.


Although I know that some of the items mentioned above might be close to impossible to replace, like contact lens solution and contacts themselves, my goal is to find a replacement for as many items as I can. Currently available:

+ Bamboo toothbrushes

+ Vegan Dental Floss In Eco-Packaging

+ 100% Plastic Free Vegan Waxed Dental Floss

+ Plastic Free Floss Refills

+ Double Ended Bamboo Stick Cotton Swabs In Compostable Packaging

+ Toothpaste

-Tooth Powder

-Tooth Tabs

-Toothpaste

+ Relaxing Bath Salts

+ Konjac Facial Sponge

+ Bamboo Hairbrush With Natural Rubber Cushion

+ Plastic Free & Vegan Sisal Dry Body Brush

+ Witch Hazel



The products that I use will be the products offered in my store so I hope that you can join me on this journey to a more sustainable way of living.


Did I forget to add some other plastic bathroom items? Do well to let me know in the comment section below. :)


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