How to have a zero waste bathroom

How to have a zero waste bathroom

How many disposable items did you use in your bathroom this morning ?

Shampoo bottles, disposable razors, single use wipes… Bathroom habits are responsible for a lot of our waste. Good news is that small changes can make a big difference!

Ready ? Take a step into your (almost) zero waste bathroom.

Refuse, Reduce, Replace and Reuse NO!W

In the shower…  

4/5 person don’t recycle items from the bathroom. Once in the landfill, it take between 100 to 400 years for a shampoo bottle to break down. So, what can you do to change that ?

  • To start : once you found the products that suit you, try to buy them in big capacity (>500mL) and stick with them! It is also good to find products which can suit all the family. 
  • Refuse products containing microbeads (exfoliating scrub, shower gel, toothpaste…) which are tiny pieces of plastic. A single shower can result in 100,000 plastic particles entering the ocean.
  • Next step : Buy your shower products in bulk (bottles of 5L from SoSoap for instance) or buy solid and packaged free shampoo
  • And for the most advanced : make your own products ! Check this DIY youtube channel for instance or contact Typhaine who organizes workshops in Hong Kong.  

Near the sink

Every year, 4 billion toothbrushes are thrown away and it is almost impossible to recycle them. In landfills, toothpaste tubes, plastic razors also take around 400 years to biodegrade.

  • To start : change your plastic toothbrush for a compostable bamboo one. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth and it doesn’t need any fertilizers or pesticides during its cultivation. It will last as long as a regular one and the stick is entirely compostable! No pain, huge gain.
  • Next step : Progressively reduce your packaged and single use items (cotton q-tips, toothpaste tubes, cotton wipes, sanitary pads and tampons…). You can find many alternatives in our bathroom section.
  • For the most advanced: You can make your own toothpaste, deodorant and beauty products following simple recipes like Bea Johnson's or thanks to Typhaine’s workshops.

Sanitary protections

Experts are increasingly worried about health issues related to the use of tampons containing many chemicals. Moreover, 200 000 tonnes of menstrual products are discarded each year. What are the alternatives?

  • Washable sanitary pads are getting increasingly popular
  • Menstrual cups are the healthier, safer and more comfortable alternative you can find

For most of the disposable items you use, an alternative exists which is much better for the planet.

Solid shampoo and toothpaste, reusable wipes, bamboo toothbrush and Q-tips… NO!W has selected the healthier, easy to use, zero-waste products for you. Check our bathroom category for more products!

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