We’re on a mission here at Little Soap HQ and our aim is to help reduce waste wherever we can. We’re passionate about doing our bit to protect the planet and ensure we leave it just as we found it- and we believe that everyone can and should do the same. Did you know that the bathroom can be the one room of the house where we tend to stockpile little plastic containers and bottles, and for some reason lots of cosmetic manufacturers produce single use items that we use and throw away each and every day- straight into landfill! It’s time to put a stop to it all. Today we’re looking at three easy bathroom swaps you can make to reduce plastic use. Let us know what you think, and whether you’re up for joining our cause!
Swap bottles for bars
Facial cleansers and shower gels are among the main culprits for excessive use of plastic in the average bathroom, but did you know that you can use soap instead? Yes, even on your face. Read this post for to find out more. Not only will a bar of soap last longer, you will have much less waste (our soap bars come packaged in paper wrap, shredded zig zag paper and corrugated cardboard- all biodegradable and recyclable) and much less plastic going in to landfill.
You can also use shampoo bars and having bars too, so if you’re truly serious about getting rid of all of those little bottles and containers, then there really is no excuse.
Ditch the disposable razors
Disposable razors are such an easy swap to make. If you do prefer to shave, re-usable razors are always better than disposable- but if you’re up for an alternative, there are plenty of eco friendly options. Waxing or body sugaring are two of the most eco friendly ways to remove hair and you can make your own to ensure you’re using all natural ingredients. We love this really simple recipe for a sugar wax that might take practise, but will definitely be worth the effort. All you need is:
- 130g sugar
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons of waer
It couldn’t be easier to make- simply combine the ingredients in a saucepan over a high heat, then bring to a rolling boil. Reduce to a medium heat and stir occasionally. When the mixture is brown, pour into a glass container. The mixture then needs to cool enough for you to be able to spread onto the skin. Give it a go and see how you get on.
Dentists recommend that we change our toothbrush every three months, but for many this means more and more plastic making it’s way to landfill. One small change you can make? A re-usable toothbrush so that you need only to replace the head. An even better option? Bamboo.
Bamboo toothbrushes still have nylon bristles, but the actual body is made from bamboo, a super sustainable and eco friendly resource that requires no chemicals to grow. It makes sense, doesn’t it?
How will you make swaps to reduce your plastic usage?