I actually get excited about the products that you can have in your bathroom because, quite frankly, they are pretty amazing companies out there making zero waste products such as the Leaf razor or the shampoo bar that I use. Sadly after the kitchen, the bathroom is the second most polluting place in our homes. Most companies have designed the products to be convenient and disposable, but this comes with a much higher price than we can pay—climate change, acid oceans, microplastic rain, and so on.
If you check on going zero waste Kathryn Kellogs website, she says that the average woman puts on 12 products before leaving the house.
And yes, my wife confirmed it. She doesn’t use as many products, but even she comes up with 6 products.
I feel we men are better off there; I have my zero waste shampoo bar, which is great and leaves nothing behind. I have my Leaf razor and another safety razor and a bamboo toothbrush, and some refillable floss. That’s pretty much me.
But if you want some more easy swaps for your zero waste bathroom, or perhaps you would like to get a zero waste bathroom kit. I can help with these easy swaps.
Quick Links for zero waste bathroom swaps
Zero Waste Toilet Paper, Or No Paper.
We all have to do it. Some stand up and some squat, some use water and some paper. I personally use toilet paper as we are still moving from Airbnb to Airbnb, but I have had a bum shower in my last home, and I loved it.
I would highly suggest the tushy, but if you are a tight arse, you can buy an attachable hose on Amazon. We tried them, and they work great, are easy enough to install, and only cost a couple of bucks.
The best part is you only need a minimal amount of toilet paper to dry your bum.
We use who gives a crap to dry our bums, but they can also be a bit expensive, and we found an alternative made from bamboo.
Ditch your Plastic Razor for The Leaf Razor
Ditch your Plastic Razor for The Leaf Razor
I am obsessed with my leaf razor, although I would highly recommend that you get the silver one because, sadly, the paint comes off after a year of use. (I have the black one) The part where you swipe across your face peeled all the paint off. That is the only downside about this otherwise genius invention. I still have a standard safety razor which I use to get to the tight part under my nose, but my wife and I both use the Leaf Razor, and it is soooo smooth and easy to use. Get one, now. You can check out my weird review here.
The toilet brush
It’s basically like a huge toothbrush, made entirely from plastic. I actually think the one left in the picture looks kind of sexy if you can use this term for a toilet brush.
The same goes here: biodegrading after use is much preferred than one that stays around until your grand grandchild. You can get this one from earthhero with 10% off if you use ZEROWASTEMAN.
Zero waste toothpaste
I have tried toothpaste tablets that tasted like salty rain. I have tried toothpowder that didn’t work for me either. Now I am using Davids, and it tastes nice. It comes in a recyclable metal tube, and it is all-natural. I haven’t tried to make my own toothpaste, but there are plenty of helpful videos out there if you want to give it a go. Check out this one from Trashisfortossers.
Zero Waste Shampoo
Did you know that we throw away millions of plastic bottles every day?
To me, it was a no-brainer to swap over to shampoo bars. Mind you, I am not very picky when it comes to shampoo, and I think most men aren’t. Let me know if that isn’t true in the comments.
However, I think as long as it smells nice, I am ok with my shampoo. But again, my wife hasn’t found the right shampoo bar, so she uses plaine products. Simply order your shampoo and conditioner, and when you start running low, you keep the pump and get refill containers and send your empty one back. Genius right?
They are great, and you get to refill them. Apparently, “normal” shampoo has a lot of water in it.
I am never going back.
Not so Zero Waste Deodorant but my favorite
It’s like zero waste toothpaste. They are weird.
I have to say the only deodorant I have been using for years now is the crystal deodorant that doesn’t smell like anything.
It comes in plastic packaging, but you can get refillable ones. However, they last for years. The only reason why I have to buy new ones is that I tend to drop them and tey a break. I love smelling like nothing or just my subtle human body odor. No sweat, of course. Give it a try. My wife is also a fan. And it is good for sensitive skin. Most deodorants have stuff in there that should touch your skin. Get the Crystal deodorant.
I hardly use them, but my wife does daily. I think for her eyeliner. But we decided to buy the Lastwab, and it isn’t very good.
In fact, it is pointless and just a part of zero waste where companies create products that no one needs.
That, to me, is the opposite of zero waste.
Sure it’s made from recycled plastic, but we found it to be pretty useless. It just doesn’t seem to pick up the dirt in your ear or the makeup you are trying to remove.
So we are back to using bamboo cotton swabs.
Zero waste comb
See, I never comb my hair. Maybe it’s because it is thin and light and never gets into a messy state unless I don’t wash it. But my wife has hair that is curly and needs a comb to control the madness. She uses a bamboo comb which is sustainable and pretty nice looking. However, I found this redecker on earthhero, and since you get 10% off when you use the code ZEROWASTEMAN, you might as well get it here.
I am more of a shower guy, and I am still to get a water-reducing shower head. But if you are into baths, like my wife and daughter, you might want to check out these bath bombs from Formulary 55.
Made from ground dead sea salts and pure essential oils, these natural bath bombs are relaxing and soothing and provide an aromatherapy experience.
Loofah or zero waste sponge
When you are dirty, you need to scrub. Never did I enjoy the plastic sponge thingy, but I love the natural loofah. They last forever, and if you let them dry properly, you have them for years to come.
The best part is that they actually grow like this, isn’t mother nature amazing?
Zero waste floss
Did you know as many as 700 million plastic floss containers are discarded each year? And nearly none of these little containers will be recycled!
Now, we have tried quite a few different flosses, and some are really thin, and others break into small strings. Some taste great, and others taste weird. Our personal winner is the humble co floss. It comes in a cardboard container. It tastes great and does the job it is supposed to do without leaving trash behind.
Zero waste cleaner
A lot of people use different cleaners. For the bath for the shower, one for the toilet, and one for the mirror. In truth, you can use the same cleaner for almost anything.
I wrote an article on how to make your own cleaner using white wine vinegar. But if you prefer to buy something, try this simple cleaner from Earthy Edith’s like the Natural Bathroom Cleaner is made from non-toxic ingredients like distilled water, organic essential oils, and distilled white vinegar – all safe, effective, and chemical-free.
Zero waste toothbrush
The toothbrush received the biggest amount of hype in the past years. And to be fair. Roughly 3.5 billion brushes are sold worldwide each year, and plastic toothbrushes were being manufactured since the ’30s. So imagine the amount of discarded toothbrushes.
Thankfully there is bamboo, and I love my OLA toothbrush. It’s cheap and does a good job. What more can you want from a zero waste toothbrush.
I still have an electric one since I bought it years ago. I am going to keep using it.
Yeah, I get that this might come as a bit of a surprise to you, but I use apple cider vinegar in my hair to battle an itchy skull and dandruff. Once I use 1 part of vinegar and 2 parts of water and let it soak on my skull for 10 min, my itching is gone, and dandruff disappears in a couple of days too. It does smell strong, but for me, it has been the best choice. Just wash it afterward with your nice zero waste shampoo bar, and you won’t smell like you just put sauerkraut on your head 😉
To be honest, I don’t know what I am talking about here. All I know is that women can buy reusable menstrual cups and save a lot of waste. My wife bought one, and then we became pregnant, so she has actually never used it. But I read about it on other blogs, and yeah, why not give it a try. You can find the diva cup and the saalt cup on earthhero.
All the brushes in the world
It is so easy to overlook these small items such as a nail brush or hairbrush. But most of them can be purchased made of natural materials such as wood or bamboo.
Every piece of plastic made over the last century is still present somewhere on our planet, so it makes sense to try and replace as much as you can with natural and sustainable products.
Zero waste laundry detergent
I have written a review about the true earth laundry detergent here. This is by far the biggest threat to the environment. Plastic bottles!
More than 60 million end up in landfills and incinerators daily, and only 7% worldwide is recycled.
The absolute best solution never to have to buy laundry detergent in plastic containers that are heavy and contain a lot of water is the tru earth strips. Get them delivered to your door. So easy and good for the planet and your clothes.
Lastly some thought on your zero waste bathroom
The most important step to all of zero waste living is to become aware of what is actually made of plastic and what can be replaced with natural and sustainable alternatives.
Marketing is most often not in our favor, and companies try the sneakiest tactics to get you to buy their products.
Check out my video about greenwashing.
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