Taking a leap towards sustainable living can seem overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. Our advice? Start with your bathroom! Next in line to the kitchen, the bathroom is one of the most wasteful areas of the home. Often the smallest room in the house, it actually has the largest environmental impact on the Earth and its oceans. Luckily, with some simple changes and swaps, you can quickly move towards a zero-waste bathroom.
Being eco-friendly doesn’t have to be complicated (or boring), and with minor lifestyle tweaks, you can turn your bathroom into a sustainable sanctuary! From the ingredients in your beauty products to the production of toilet accessories, there are so many things you can do to make your bathroom more sustainable without compromising on style. We’ve rounded up some top tips that’ll scrub up your bathroom routine with a touch of class.
Say No to Plastic
Packaging should be your main focus when navigating the oversaturated personal care market. To get rid of clutter whilst saving the planet, look for products that are compostable, recyclable, refillable, reusable, or better yet – no packaging at all!
Thankfully the beauty industry is becoming increasingly aware of its impact on the planet, and numerous brands are making an effort to be more eco-conscious. The best solution is to choose brands that offer refillable bottles, modern glass containers, or use recyclable materials. Look towards sustainable and easily recyclable materials like aluminium, bamboo and glass.
Top tip: Opting for a refillable aluminium bottle that stays with you for life stops single-use shower waste at the source and comes with the added bonus of being recyclable without degradation, for a plastic-free shampoo. At Fiils, we keep every step sustainable, from the box to our insta-ready aluminium bottles, and our pouches are designed to be recycled!
Say it with us; “clean ingredients = clean products.”
Don’t give up on your beauty routine – think about choosing products that have a small impact on the envionment. We’re talking ditching the toxic chemicals and synthetics, and supporting sustainably sourced, eco-friendly, vegan, cruelty-free and plant derived ingredients!
Natural products made using organic ingredients are much better for the environment and for your skin. By choosing to go natural, you’ll no longer be flushing harmful chemicals down the drain that harm our oceans and wildlife. Along with Fiils, Fussy and Spruce are two brands that take sustainability seriously and create high quality products without nasty chemicals, that care about your health and the planet.
Upgrade your Bathroom to a Bamboo Haven
Bamboo is the ultimate super plant and one of the most durable materials out there. As a rapidly renewable resource, bamboo is commonly used as an alternative to plastic and cotton, making it the perfect product for your sustainable abode. It only takes five years to grow to maturity, meaning it is better to use than hardwood which can takes decades to develop. Switching your accessories from plastic to bamboo is one of the biggest changes you can make – plus, it makes your bathroom look sophisticated, chic and so much cleaner!
Start by ditching your plastic toothbrush for a biodegradable bamboo one and replacing your cotton towels, face cloths and wash cloths with bamboo alternatives to make a positive change. You can also invest in bamboo hairbrushes and combs, or try out recycled or bamboo toilet paper to put the green in your loo routine.
Reduce Consumption Wherever Possible
The shampoos and lotions in our bathrooms can add up to tonnes of leftover packaging. Research shows that bathroom products are responsible for a whopping 30-40% of total landfill waste, some of which will take up to 500 years to decompose.
The easiest thing you can do to eliminate unnecessary clutter from your bathroom is to use what you have before buying anything else! And then be thoughtful about how your replacement for that item can be more sustainable. Another beneficial way to consume consciously is to opt for double-duty products – remember, less can equal more!
Switch Up your Sanitary Products
Did you know? A typical plastic tampon applicator can take up to 500 years to decompose; the average person uses more than 11,000 disposable menstrual products in their lifetime! This is just one example of how regular tampons, sanitary pads and liners – often flushed down the loo – are no good for the environment.
Kick off your next cycle on a sustainable note by swapping tampons and pads for an eco-friendly menstrual cup. Cups aren’t your thing? The good news is that there are environmentally friendly swaps for all types of period products. Brands like Ohne help you bleed easy by offering game-changing period pants, 100% organic tampons, plastic free pads and more. Switching to recyclable or biodegradable sanitary products makes for a cleaner, greener step towards a happier planet.
So fiils fam, are you ready to start your journey towards a clean bathroom and conscience? Follow our tips, shop fiils, and you’ll have a neat, green, eco-friendly bathroom in no time.