5 more Simple Plastic Free Swaps for your Bathroom
Our Simple Swaps series continues it's focus on your bathroom. There are many many ways for you to reduce your plastic pollution and the amount of waste you generate in your home, but when it comes to the bathroom there are so many items to choose from, be it shampoo bottles, cosmetics, sanitary items and many more. So with this entry we bring you a further 5 simple swaps to help you move towards a zero waste bathroom.
Micro-beads are tiny balls of plastic, as of they will be banned across the UK and so this should massively help us reduce the impact they have on the oceans and the lifeforms that call it home, however many of us will still be able to purchase them abroad or online and many more will have some stashed away in cupboards or in bottles waiting to be used. The most common place that micro-beads can be found are in facial masks and scrubs. Their rough nature helps remove dead or flaky skin and so it was all the rage a few years ago. However the danger they pose to the environment is large and all products that contain micro-beads have to go. They are always clearly marked on the label or packaging so it is a simple case of choosing scrubs and creams that do not contain micro-beads.
Ladies and gentlemen many of you will use a razor be it for your arms, legs, beard head and so on. But many of you may not be aware of the opportunity waiting to not only save you money, but a lot of waste from purchasing either an electric razor or a stainless steel razor. Guys, if you prefer a stubble to a clean shave then opting for a electric razor is an easy switch, process range from £20-£60 depending on branding but they are then good for life, you just charge them up, which usually lasts a few weeks per charge and then work away, no throwaway parts necessary, and its easy to transport for travelling too. If you prefer the clean shaven look or want a razor for your legs, arms or other areas then opting for a stainless steel razor with safety blades is a great option, the blades are entirely steel so the only throwaway part is metal and can be recycled. Furthermore they are an excellent razor and give a great shave. The price again ranges from around £20-£50 depending on branding but the end result is the same, and it removes a lot of hassle with plastic or disposable single use razors. The long term investments not only reduce your plastic use but also reduce your spending in the long run.
3. Brushes and luffas
It is a common thing to find a luffa in many a bathroom across the UK. However they are made entirely from plastic or synthetic materials and do not biodegrade. While they can be used for a long while eventually they will be thrown out. Perhaps when your's comes to its timely end you will consider the switch to a brush. You ca get shower and bath brushes made entirely of wood or with charcoal bristles for between £5 to £20. They are completely biodegrabale when finished with and they usually offfer a longer lifespan than the plastic luffas. A simple switch but one that saves the oceans.
4. Wet Wipes
Its pretty normal to have wet wipes in most households, they work on everything and are often used for make up removal and then quickly tossed aside. Regardless of whether you are suing them for make up or your little ones bum they are disposable and most will take hundreds of years to biodegrade. A simple swap however is to replace the wet wipe with a cloth or muslin in stead. You could purchase them for very cheap online or in bargain stores or you could be really creative and up-cycle some old clothes into simple rags that you can wet and wash with, then put them in the washing machine with your daily washes and have them fresh and ready to go again and again. Saving you money and saving the planet at the same time.
Ladies did you know that on average you will spend between £1, 750-£2,000 each year on sanitary items, and it is estimated that in a lifetime you will go through 16,800 tampons and or pads.
The tampons are generally made out of some combination of rayon, a manufactured cellulose fiber, and cotton. Most of which contain high levels of harmful chemicals such as dioxins and aldicarb. They also take a long time to biodegrade, (6-8 months for a tampon and the pads virtually never breakdown) and these chemicals will leach out of the materials and into the water to onto the skin of unsuspecting children, and or animals who happen upon them. Also think of yourself and the constant exposure you put yourself under if you are using even a limited number of pads, every month for 40 odd years. There are many alternatives to this including menstrual cups, they can last up to 10 years meaning you go through 4-5 in a lifetime rather than 16,000 and you save a lot of money in the long run, not to mention the benefits for the environment. It's a suggestion but another great way to reduce your waste and move towards zero waste.
Check out the other 5 great swaps for your bathroom here.
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