5 plastic free bathroom swaps

Zero Waste week is currently in full swing but once it’s over how do we keep up the momentum?

We all know that plastic is bad for the environment but surely everything comes in plastic bottles/jars now?

It can be hard to make changes to our routine and sometimes we just don’t know where too start. Which is why I’ve compiled a list of 5 pretty easy beauty/bathroom swaps for you to try.

Number 1 – Bamboo toothbrushes

We buy ours from our local zero waste shop but if you are not as lucky as we are to have one close by, you can buy them on the internet. The Ethical Superstore sell them, as do F.E.T.E. although they are a bit more expensive. If buying online isn’t your thing, Holland & Barrett sell them too.

Number 2 – Shampoo and Conditioner Bars

This particular shampoo bar comes from Lush. It comes packaged in a paper bag and you can buy a small tin to keep it in. I also use a shampoo bar I buy in my local Zerowaste shop. That one is made by local maker Folk Soap.

Number 3 – Toilet Roll

I am not brave enough to swap over to *ahem* family cloth and will be sticking to toilet paper for the foreseeable future. The main issue with toilet paper for me is the fact it comes wrapped in plastic. Who gives a Crap toilet paper comes wrapped in paper and even has some interesting facts printed on some of its wrapper to provide “reading material”. My two thought this was the best bit!!

Number 4 – Shaving cream

For those that shave, why not swap the shaving cream in a can, for solid shaving cream like your grandfather used?

The one above was gifted to hubby as a Christmas present by a family member and was bought in one of the supermarkets. If you want to buy something in a tub that can be recycled then try this Lush shaving cream. You even get rewarded when you take back 5 empty full sized tubs. Win win.

Number 5 – Soap

Soap is an easy swap. We all had soap bars before liquid soap became the “norm”. Soap bars are easily bought and are probably the easiest swap on this list.

How many of these can you swap the next time you need to replace the products? Is there anything else you would add to this list?

**Disclaimer** I bought each of these products (with the exception of the shaving cream which was a Christmas present for Hubby) I have listed everything here because I use them (or have used them) personally.

Zero Waste Shop

As you know we have been reducing our plastic use for a number of years now. Sustainability  is definitely getting more popular due to the exposure from documentaries like Blue Planet etc and with more people getting on board, the more companies that are trying to keep with popular opinion.

In our little town we have a small catering shop that has slowly been stocking plastic free items. Over the summer, the owner Claire has taken a leap of faith and on Tuesday she reopened as a Zero Waste Shop. I was lucky enough to be invited to the relaunch and I was very impressed by both the shop and the turn out.

Claire stocks loose pasta, rice, lentils, oats and spices to name a few.

There is also has a refill station for items such as washing up liquid, disinfectant and sanitiser.

I bought some soap nuts to try, some chickpeas and some fresh eggs laid by Claire’s very own chickens.

All you need to do is bring your own container, weigh it on the scale, take note of the weight of your container and then fill it with the items you’d like to buy.

I’d really like to see this shop be a success as I do believe that this is the way of the future. If we can use less plastic while shopping then the better it is for the planet.

Have you got a Zero Waste Shop near you?

Is there plastic in your tea?

Almost 4 years ago I wrote this blog post about teabags containing plastic. I was absolutely horrified to realise that I had been ingesting plastic (albeit tiny amounts) but it did explain why I kept finding the bags in the compost bin.

We made the switch to loose leaf tea and we’ve used that ever since. However, that’s not really the end of the story, as the most convenient form of loose leaf tea (supermarket rather than trekking into Cardiff) still comes wrapped in plastic *sigh*.

So it was great to read that PG Tips are switching to plastic free, fully biodegradable tea bags  (article here). The Co-op are reportedly following suit with their Fairtrade tea going plastic free by the end of the year.

Hopefully in their rush to remove the plastic from their teabags, they won’t overlook their packaging.

Still, it’s all a step in the right direction.

 

Bamboo toothbrushes

Continuing with our quest to have a plastic free bathroom, the kids and I have changed over to bamboo toothbrushes.

I was slightly apprehensive as I’ve read some negative reviews where the bristles fall out after a few uses.

I had my mind changed by the lovely Claire who owns Plant2Plate in Caerphilly town centre. A caterer by trade she has recently branched out into environmentally friendly and plastic free products.

I first became aware of Claire and her lovely shop through Facebook and decided to go and check it out. She had some lovely products and says that she doesn’t stock anything that she doesn’t use herself. We talked about the toothbrushes and she showed me what she had.

I decided to pay a bit extra and skip the economy version as I was still unsure over the quality of the bristles. This brush cost me £2.50 which is more than I usually pay as I normally pick the cheapest one available. The kids also wanted one each (the children’s version was slightly cheaper) so I bought one each for the three of us.

Unfortunately I seemed to forget about hubby so I’ll have to go back and get him one next time I’m in town.

We’ve used them now for over a week and the bristles are holding fine. They are softer than the normal toothbrushes I buy and the handles are thinner so it took D a bit of getting used to.

Both Little Lady and D seem to like them. There’s a lot less fuss when I ask them to go brush their teeth now and their teeth do seem to be getting a better brush than usual too. Let’s hope that keeps up.

As an added bonus the packaging is recyclable too.

Have you tried a bamboo toothbrush? What was your experience?

Bath Bomb Success

I recently wrote about our attempt to make bath bombs and how the first attempt had gone awry due to an issue with the recipe. We had to have another as the kids were desperate to have homemade bath bombs in their bath.

A quick search of the internet and I found a recipe that worked on The Soap Kitchen. They suggest

300g Bicarbonate of Soda

100g Citric Acid

10ml of fragrance (we used less than this)

We also added a 6yr old’s handful and a half of dried rose petals.

When mixed they gave a much better texture and held together better. I had bought small round moulds and this mixture gave us 6 balls.

They’ve been used in the bath and the verdict is mostly positive. The main negative came from me and that was that there were waaaaay too many rose petals left in the bath once they got out lol! If you have a 6yr old to use as a measuring tool, maybe suggest only 1 handful 😉

If you use this recipe please let me know how you find it. I’d love to have your views too.