When looking at reducing our single-use plastic consumption, we often turn to bags, water bottles or coffee cups. These are for sure some of the biggest culprits, yet between government taxes and lifestyle changes, we are certainly making massive progress.
So this time, we’ll be focusing on another aspects of our lives where there’s a lot of potential – THE BATHROOM; from toiletries to beauty care products.
A quick scan around our bathroom and there still seemed to be a high concentration of plastic bottle or tubes. Even if most of them were recyclable or reusable, it seemed an awful lot of plastic.
So what are the alternatives?
Our search for local alternatives also led us to find this little gem of a company called ‘Evolve’, offering a range of organic, high quality skincare. From daily facial cream and tropical blossom body polish to the divine chocolate based mask (so enticing you’ll want to eat it), their products are a real treat.
Most of the range comes in recyclable packaging whilst the rest comes from 75% recycled plastic and is recyclable. Plus it’s 100% made with natural products, vegan and cruelty free. All this, from their local studio in London Colney.
SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER BARS
Assuming you have already considered some childhood memories inducing soap bars for your hands or shower, another accessible change is to start using bar shampoo; more and more popular, readily available and perfect for space saving in suitcases.
From personal experience after using a soap bar shampoo for over 7 months, we found that not only it lathers and cleanses well but it is also very economical and therefore cheaper.
Make sure you get advice to find a suitable one for your hair type as no one wants a bad hair day!
This has been one of the success stories of this year with a proposed ban on plastic cotton buds. Now most supermarkets in the UK offer at least one non-plastic option so look out for them.
A plea – don’t throw them down the toilet as treatments facilities cannot cope with them and they end up straight in the sea! So please put them in the bin.
Why not give other potential swaps a go during this hot summertime’s days. Whilst there are many other alternatives, here are a couple.
The first one is the Alum stone. Known and used for years, it is a natural stone that simply acts as an astringent and antiseptic, helping to cleanse and tighten the skin. Simply wet the stone and apply to the desired areas to act as an antiperspirant deodorant; so no packaging or container. Plus it’s easy to store at home or on the move.
The second one, a natural deodorant from Neal’s Yard comes in a glass bottle that can be recycled or reused.
TOOTHPASTE & TOOTHBRUSHES
Toothbrushes are amongst the top 10 offenders when it comes to plastic pollution. So why not try a bamboo toothbrush, some even come with boar bristle for a complete plastic free experience!
Also, there are now many options available to swap our trusted toothpaste plastic tube for a pot of toothpaste. It can be more challenging as the taste and texture are very different from most toothpaste in tube, especially the active charcoal powder! Yet like with all things it is often a case of persevering for it to become the new norm.
Whilst you’re at it, why not pick up a silk peppermint floss in a sweet little glass jar so your dental hygiene can go plastic-free.
All items are available locally from The Refill Pantry.
Finally, let’s not forget some new alternatives for ladies such as the period panties designed and provided by the local company WUKA.
Of course, there are many other opportunities to reduce our plastic footprint in the bathroom with limited impact and cost. These are some examples we have tested or found locally as thought starters. Be sure to get advice based on your skin condition or any specific requirements you might have when trying new products.
Why not enjoy the process of observing your own patterns and habits, and gradually identify what can, sometimes easily, be changed to lower your single-use plastic consumption?
The problem is big yet the solutions are numerous, every step taken is a step closer towards a more sustainable future for our oceans and ourselves!