The use of plastic has been prevalent throughout the years. Now more than ever, more people understand that the amount of plastic that we use has become a problem. Depending on the product, the life cycle of plastics can go from 20 to 500 years.
Take a look at your bathroom. Your shampoo and shower gels may be in plastic containers. Even toothbrushes and cotton buds are made from plastic.
Seeing all of these, you may realize that going green in the bathroom can be a challenge. While this may be true, it is not impossible. You can start small. Whether you decide to recycle, go for handmade products, or adopt eco-friendly practices, you will be helping the environment.
Here are some simple ways to reduce plastic in the bathroom:
Buying in larger quantities can help save you money and time. Aside from that, your products will be in larger containers. These will carry more product, which means less material is used in packaging.
Reusing containers can help a lot. If you have existing containers for shampoo or liquid soap, it may be best to refill them instead of buying new bottles. Look for brands that offer refilling options.
Using Washable Cotton Pads
We often use 2 to 3 cotton pads a day for skincare. Others may even use more for other purposes. These are single-use products and should be thrown away after use. They are also put in plastic containers. Why don’t you use washable cotton pads instead? They are made from organic cotton. Since they are washable, you can also reuse them.
Cotton swabs, also known as Q-tips, produce a lot of waste. Aside from this, they are not also recommended for regular use as they may end up pushing the wax deeper into the ear. Find alternative products or simply use a cloth to cover your pinky finger to clean the outer part of your ear.
Changing Menstrual Products
Sanitary pads and tampons have plastic. They take a long time to break down. Consider alternative menstrual products. There are reusable menstrual cups, which are safe and easy to use. If you are used to sanitary pads, there are reusable and washable menstrual pads.
Choose Hand Made Products
Did you know that you can create your own toiletries? Doing this will not only help reduce plastic in your bathroom but also helps ensure that the products you use do not have harmful chemicals.
For example, you can make a shampoo with baking soda and water. An apple cider vinegar and water mixture is also a great alternative to a conditioner.
If you want to learn more DIY tips to make handmade products, check out Utama Spice’s blog.
META DESCRIPTION: Start reducing the plastic that you use in the bathroom with the helping hand-made products and by adopting eco-friendly practices.