Sustainable swaps for the bathroom

When thinking about everyday items we use in the bathroom - there are many products that we use that can be easily swapped for a more sustainable alternative. So let's have a look at a few of our favourite suggestions!

1. Water saving shower heads

Installing these will not only improve water consumption, they will also help to reduce household costs. You can save water without sacrificing comfort -  water efficient shower heads are designed so that you still receive consistent flow regardless of available water pressure. 

2. Energy Efficient light bulbs

Make smarter lighting choices by selecting Light emitting diodes (LED) or compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) when considering an energy alternative. Making the switch will save you money and help to reduce household electricity consumption. If you have the option - natural light from skylights and windows are an even greener alternative, home reno' project anyone? 

3. PVC free or hemp shower curtains

Did you know that many shower curtains contain PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) plastic which releases chemical gases and odours into your home? Whats more - it can't be recycled. Simply nasty! So when deciding on an option- look for PVC free options. Hemp is a good alternative and naturally resistant to mould. Nothing lasts for ever but we can start making smarter choices.

4. Organic cotton and bamboo body and face towels

The process in which conventional cotton/polyester towels are made is chemical and pesticide intensive - not to mention environmentally damaging. Check out bamboo and organically certified cotton materials as sustainable alternatives to conventional towels. Organic materials are durable, gentle and allergy friendly. What more do you need to know?

5. Eco friendly cleaning and body care products 

Exposing yourself and your family to harmful chemicals by using generic cleaning and body products is just not what you want. You can save money and have a little bit of fun making green cleaning products from organic items you have around the house! Don't be fooled in thinking they won't work as well, give it a try and you will be surprised. 

You can clean and disinfect your house using household products that are significantly less harmful than commercially bought products. All it takes is a little bit of mixing and away you go! Not only will you keep yourself healthy, you will be doing your part for the environment; keeping our waterways safe, clean and reducing the risk of multi resistant micro-organisms.

The magic of household products. Did you know...

  • Baking soda scourers, cleans and deodorises
  • Borax cleans, bleaches, deodorises and disinfects
  • Eucalyptus oil is a disinfectant, deodoriser and is antibacterial
  • Lemon juice is a deodoriser, mild bleacher and cleaner
  • Olive oil hydrates surfaces, polishes wood and minimises scratches
  • Salt (mixed with lemon/vinegar) is a stain remover and general cleaner
  • Tea tree oil is a cleaner, deodoriser, mould remover, disinfectant
  • White vinegar is a deodoriser, degreaser and disinfectant

If DIY home cleaning is your thing - there are some great resources and books out there which give you detailed instructions on how to mix products in a safe way. Check them out here for more information. 

6. Menstrual cups

Not only is a menstrual cup economical, it is environmentally friendly. Durable, user friendly and safe - your period is now transformed into something sustainable. Investing in a menstrual cup helps to reduce landfill pollution and the production of harmful chemicals and plastics. There are many different companies out just have to find the one that fits to your body. These days there are many companies who design menstrual cups, check out products by Diva, Lunette and Blossom.

7. Reusable panty liners and infant nappies

Traditionally, panty liners and nappies were washed and reused so this concept is nothing new. Companies are designing products that are made from environmentally sustainable materials, products that are waterproof, odour neutralising, soft, washable and reusable. This might not be your thing - but it's worth giving it a try! Reduce consumables and put money back into your pocket.

8. Energy efficient hair dryers

Reduce your energy consumption by making the switch and purchasing an energy efficient hair dryer. Newer models on the market not only use less energy, they can dry your hair in half the time even by using less heat.

Considering canning one all together? Some hairdryers emit more radiation than microwaves! Pretty scary stuff for something you use so close to your head.

9. Bamboo toothbrushes

Consider how may plastic toothbrushes you throw away in one year, one lifetime. It's a simple choice - throw away your plastic non recyclables, and make the switch to bamboo; Tooth brushes made in an eco friendly way. They are not entirely made from bamboo (some have BPA free or nylon bristles), but they ARE mostly compostable and are a much smarter alternative. They look pretty hipster too. 

10. Biodegradable body scrub pads

Made from natural coconut fibres bound together by a non toxic adhesive. Coconut scrub pads are a gentle alternative to the plastic products on the market. Biodegradable, compostable and hygienic. Do you need any other excuse to purchase this natural exfoliating master product? Not only are they great for your body and feet but you can use them for general household cleaning as they are gentle on surfaces too! 

11. Solar energy systems

Solar energy is renewable, free, inexhaustible and completely sustainable. So why not? Well, it's a big decision - but after the initial set up and installation costs, your energy bills will start to reduce. You also help the environment by lowering the amount of greenhouse gas your home produces. It's important to do your research and choose a system that suits your needs. Solar panels are also good investments for campers, trailers and motorhomes. 

Do you have any additional comments or suggestions for other sustainable bathroom products? We would love to hear from you!

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