When first making the swap over to more eco-friendly or zero waste products, it’s hard not to wonder if you’ll also be downgrading on quality or efficacy. Fear not, my friends! It is possible to find products that are both good for the environment AND awesome to use. First up — we’ll be exploring the bathroom items.
- The item: Conventional toilet paper
The swaps: Tushy bamboo toilet paper + bidet
I LOVE this toilet paper. I buy a massive box of 50 (to get the free shipping) and it lasts a year. The toilet paper is soft and not at all scratchy. It also comes wrapped in paper — no plastic here! In addition, the same company also has some pretty sweet bidets, which we have in our master bath. Another way to reduce the usage of toilet paper (you’ll still need to use SOME but not as much as without a bidet).
- The item: Liquid hand soap
The swap: Dr. Bronner’s bar soap
Always an easy swap but one a lot of people don’t do. Ditch the liquid hand soap (unless you are near a store that you can get bulk refills from) and switch over to a bar. I love the Dr. Bronner’s bar soap because you can also use it to hand wash clothes and a billion other things. It also comes wrapped in recycled paper (so throw the wrapper in your recycle bin or compost pile).
- The item: Liquid shampoo
The swap: Lush shampoo bars
My husband and I both use the same shampoo bar and we get a good 6 months out of it. The lather on these shampoo bars are great (especially for my super thick hair) and they are completely package free.
- The item: Floss
The swap: Water flosser
My husband is all about that dental hygiene life and he loves his water flosser. This significantly cuts down on all those little pieces of floss that end up in the landfill.
- The item: Cotton balls + rounds
The swap: Cotton fabric rounds + cut up old towels
Another super easy swap that you probably don’t even need to buy anything for. I use cotton fabric rounds to put on toner and remove makeup. Once used, I throw in a little bag that goes in the laundry. Done. To remove nail polish, I use a cut up old dish towel and it works just fine.
What are some of your bathroom swaps?