My zero waste journey started with my bathroom. A bold choice to start with toothpaste but that's what I did. Toothpaste tubes are usually made from aluminium sheets sandwiched between layers of plastic making them impossible to recycle. I decided to start with eliminating this particular piece of waste as there is no alternative to putting it in the general waste bin.
From toothpaste I move on to the rest of my bathroom working my way through toothbrushes, mouthwash, shampoo, conditioner, bath products etc! The products I love, I have stocked in SO Sustainable, to share them with you all and hopefully help you along your own zero waste journey.
So without further ado, here are my top 5 Zero Waste Bathroom Swaps...
1. Georganics Mineral Toothpaste - Spearmint
£8.90 for 120ml
This mineral-rich, non-foaming comes in a perfectly proportioned glass jar. Great for repurposing for spice storage once you're done with it. Using a small bamboo spatula you scoop out a small amount of coconut oil based paste and spread onto your toothbrush, add water and then brush. You'll notice it doesn't foam up like conventional toothpaste, but the lightly textured paste leaves your teeth and gums feeling super clean and minty fresh. I prefer the milder, sweeter spearmint flavour, but if you want a bit more punch in your paste then go for English peppermint.
My husband and I both use this toothpaste and one 120ml pot lasts us at least a month, usually longer. The larger jars are great value, at just £2 more than their 60ml counterparts.
2. LiveCoCo charcoal bristle recyclable electric toothbrush heads
£9.99 for two heads
Whilst I was switching up my toothpaste I thought I should get on board the recyclable toothbrush train. I've tried bamboo brushes but am a pretty lazy brusher so need the power of an electric brush. I already had an Oral B base given so set about finding recyclable options and was delighted to find these Oral B compatible heads by LiveCoCo. They are made from a type of thermoplastic that is fully recyclable as are the nylon bristles. These bristles are infused with Binchotan Charcoal which removes impurities from your mouth.
Even thought the heads are recyclable, please don't put them in your green recycling bin as the council may not be able to process them correctly. They need to be sent back to LiveCoCo by post as part of their closed loop recycling system or you can drop them back into SO Sustainable and we'll send them when we have a big batch collected. LiveCoCo's recycling partner processes all the heads and turns them into new guttering, garden furniture and even backpacks!
3. Shine Shampoo Bar in tin
£9.50 (refill bars available for £9.00)
Finding a shampoo bar that works for you can be an expensive endeavour. Especially in an area with water as hard as ours! This incredible little bar was formulated by Jonathan Harries, a hairdresser with over 30 years experience in the biz, who wanted to create something simple, but unique, for his clients to help them reduce their plastic waste. The bar is naturally derived, vegan friendly and gives the most incredibly luxurious lather! I only tend to wash my hair a couple of times a week and this bar suits me perfectly. I was so impressed with it that I even offer a money back guarantee if you don't like it!
Bars come in a stylish, reusable aluminium tin and refill bars are available. Shampoo bars typically last 4 times longer than liquid shampoo so you'll save money too!
It's worth noting that the Shine Bar does contain SLS from responsibly sourced palm oil, so may not be suitable for everyone, but if you've been tearing your hair out (pun intended!) trying to find a plastic-free shampoo option then you're on to a winner with the Shine Bar.
4. Who Gives a Crap 100% recycled toilet paper
95p per roll