Our bathrooms are responsible for over a third of the UK’s total landfill waste, with items such as toothpaste tubes hanging around for an estimated 500 years and disposable razors taking – wait for it… up to 1000 years to decompose! Now think about how many razors, shampoo bottles and toothpaste tubes you go through in a year. That’s a heck of a lot of plastic piling up.
Luckily the bathroom is one of the easiest places to reduce plastic waste. Here’s five simple ways to cut down your environmental impact…
I’m a big fan of period pants and plastic-free organic pads. Brands such as Wuka, TOTM and Lux all offer eco-friendly alternatives to the tonnes of used plastic menstrual products floating around our oceans or heading to landfill every month. If you fancy giving reusable cloth sanitary pads (CSP) a try then head over to Smallkind where they are currently reduced plus you’ll get an extra 10% off your order with my affiliate code NEST.
There is such a huge range of natural and plastic free deodorants available nowadays but people can be wary of making the switch. The fear of being smelly is a common one and certainly something I had myself. There is a transition period where the toxins from your old deodorant need to be released from the body so be aware that it may feel like it’s less effective at first, but stick with it! Rowan from Funning Up My Life recommends giving your armpits a detox with charcoal soap and a loofah to help the process along. I’m still experimenting with brands but I hear good things about the Earth Concious range so I shall be trying that next.
Ditch the plastic and switch to the much more sustainable bamboo option. This is such an easy swap! Most supermarkets have them in stock (I got some from Aldi recently) so you’ve no excuse!
Shampoo & Conditioner
Shampoo & conditioner bars are a great way to cut down on single use plastics. I use the Friendly Soap Company which are all natural, cruelty free and packaged in recycled cardboard. Oh and they’re made in Yorkshire so they’re bound to be good, right?!
I’ve been putting this one off because I was slightly terrified of cutting myself but I needn’t have worried! It is called a safety razor after all! I was kindly sent a double edged bamboo razor by Jungle Culture to try out and I have to say I am officially a convert! They have a really handy beginners guide on their website but here’s the basics; take it slow, shave at a 45° angle and don’t add extra pressure. It’s that simple!
There is something very satisfying about using this razor. It feels substantial & weighty in your hand but also smooth & easy on your legs. The result is a really close shave and less irritation than my old disposables. I honestly wish I’d made the change sooner: it’s an absolute revelation!
Jungle Culture is based in the amazing country of Vietnam and started with sustainably sourced bamboo straws. I backpacked through South East Asia in my twenties and completely fell in love with Vietnam. It’s the most beautiful country, I could wax lyrical about it all day!
All of Jungle Culture’s products are ethically produced and handcrafted by Asian farmers & artisans so you can shave safe in the knowledge that your purchase is doing good. And at only £16.99 (plus £3.99 for a pack of ten blades) you’re saving money as well the planet. It’s a win win!
Luckily for you, I’ve teamed up with the kind folks at Jungle Culture to give away one of their bamboo safety razors as part of my #PlasticFreeJuly Instagram competitions. Head over to my Instagram page to enter before midnight on Thursday 6th August.
How many of these eco swaps have you already made? Are you a fan of safety razors, too? And more importantly, do you think the lovely Jungle Culture people will let me visit them in Vietnam?!
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