Making your bathroom more sustainable is easier than you may think. It is also a good place to start.
On average, 80% of the 140 liters of water a Spaniard uses are from the bathroom. If we add to this all the bottles, chemicals and electricity, the consumption is excessive and inefficient. (Revista Circle)
Don't throw everything away!
Don’t make the mistake of immediately starting to buy new stuff. The key to sustainability is to reduce. Finish the bottles and cosmetics you already have. Once they run out, replace them with more sustainable alternatives.
And don’t forget to recycle them properly!
Shampoo and gel
Walk into any bathroom, and you’ll see a multitude of plastic shampoo and gel bottles. If we extend that to our entire population, we can be aware of how unsustainable that habit is.
As sustainable people, we need to say goodbye to unnecessary plastic. Not only are they anti-ecological. They are also much more expensive and less durable than their zero-waste alternatives.
You can substitute your liquid gel for a bar of soap (you’ll find it’s much more convenient). Shampoo also has a solid shampoo alternative.
It is clear that traditional options to menstrual hygiene are highly unsustainable. The amount of waste they generate is enormous.
The best option is the menstrual cup. And not only for sustainability purposes. Among its benefits over other methods are:
- It has no chemicals. Perfumes and bleaches can cause allergies and reactions.
- Long-term savings. It is estimated that not having to buy intimate hygiene products saves up to 600 euros in the 10 years of life of the menstrual cup.
- It lasts longer. The cup has a longer longevity than any of the other products.
With these small habits, you can save up to 20,000 liters of water per year:
- Showering instead of bathing
- Turn off the tap while showering, shaving or brushing your teeth.
- Not using the toilet as a wastebasket
These bulbs consume 80% less energy than traditional bulbs. They also last up to 25 times longer. In other words, switching to LEDs will save energy and reduce waste.
Clean it with natural products
Supermarket bleaches and detergents are highly polluting. They are also harmful to our health if they come into contact with the body.
You can get your bathroom squeaky clean with baking soda and vinegar. And if you are looking to mask the smell of vinegar, lemongrass and rosemary are the best option.
You can also buy sustainable cleaning products, like this one:
The use of disposable blades and razors generates a huge amount of waste. Disposable blades last very little time, and their quality is highly questionable. Here are some advantages of switching to its zero-waste alternative: (Kuoka)
- Sustainability: not only do the blades have to be replaced every few years, but they are not recyclable. Therefore, this change is highly beneficial for the planet.
- Profitability: In a year, a person spends an average of about 52 disposable razors, spending on average between 4 to 10 euros per pack of blades.
- Durability: if you take good care of your stainless-steel razor, it can last a lifetime.
- Better shave and safety: shaving is much better than with a traditional razor.
- Unisex: can be used by both men and women.
Fortunately, there is a wide range of sustainable cosmetics. You can gradually incorporate them into your routine, replacing the previous ones.
These products will have fewer chemicals and will be better for your skin. You’ll be more aware of the ingredients, and you’ll notice their benefits immediately.
What better way to take care of yourself than by taking care of the environment?
Say no to cotton pads
Cotton is the world’s “most polluting crop” because it is grown with the worst pesticides developed. It is one of the top four GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) crops in the world. Nearly 95% of that world cotton production is GMO and/or not grown sustainably. (Portal Fruticola)
We can eliminate makeup remover cotton pads from the routine altogether by using a makeup remover oil. Or else, we can use the alternative of reusable makeup remover pads.
These are readily available and inexpensive. We sell these at Kendani.com:
Avoid products that contain large amounts of plastic. Avoid chemicals that are harsh on your skin and the environment. Avoid products that are single-use.
And above all, take the opportunity to pamper yourself in the bath while taking care of the environment – your skin and the planet will thank you!