The Green UP challenge has officially started. Our family is feeling ready for the challenge and a little bit exhausted with all the prep that has gone into zero waste. We want to say thanks to everyone that has joined the challenge as it has truly motivate us to see this project through. Greening UP is not easy but is so important for a sustainable lifestyle. To kick off the challenge I decided to tackle the bathroom with how to create a zero waste bathroom.
Working towards a Zero Waste Bathroom
In my most recent quest for shampoo and conditioner alternatives a friend mentioned using Baking Soda to wash and Apple Cider Vinegar to rinse. WHAT! That is exactly what I said so I started to research a little bit more and it is true! I am going to be trying this to see if my extremely sensitive skin can handle it. I will keep you updated!
Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Wash: Use 1-2 tbsp of baking soda combined with 1-2 cups of water depending on your hair length. Pour over wet hair. Massage the whole mixture into the hair. Rinse thoroughly. Then pour 1-2 tbsp apple cider vinegar mixed with 1-2 cups of water. Rinse Immediately.
Other options include heading to a local natural store and seeing if they have refillable shampoos and conditioners.
Toothbrushes are an easy way to Green UP your life and make a huge different in the landfill as they typically cannot be recycled. Instead of plastic buy a bamboo or corn starch toothbrush in packaging that is also compostable! Jack n’ Jill has an electric corn starch toothbrush for kids!
Note: The brustles may or may not be recyclable depending on your city. If you cannot recycle the brustles then just pull them out before recycling/composting.
Use a biodegradable silk floss like the Woombamboo Eco Awesome Floss which is also packaged in biodegradable packaging.
Toms of Maine has a program where you can send empty toothpaste containers back to them to be recycled. Join the TerraCycle program in partnership with Toms of Maine here.
You can also make your own toothpaste. Pare Down home has a recipe for making your own coconut oil toothpaste! I am not sure I am ready to try it yet but definitely something to look into in the future.
If you want to buy a soap then check into local soaps that are often made with minimal ingredients and can be bought waste free. They are often wrapped in a simple piece of paper. Also who does not love shopping local!
I would look into natural face creams made by local companies and asking if their packaging can be recycled or better yet reused. Also, apparently using only high linoleic oils is great for acne prone skin. Minimalist Beauty describes her routine here.
Note: I am going to continue with what I currently do for creams as I have severe eczema and it is currently being managed by my doctors.
Make Up Remover
There is no need to buy any fancy make up removers. Oil like coconut oil or olive oil is a great way to remove make up.
To use shaving cream or not? My husband has been enjoying the natural Dirt and Whiskey Shave Soap from Cheeky Monkey Baby Company. Excuse the name of the company and just focus on the name of the shaving soap. Dirt and Whiskey!
Other options include not using any shaving cream if possible. I have found that I do well not using shaving cream when shaving my legs and I just follow with moisturizer.
There are so many options for a women’s monthly period. While the thought of using a reusable cup or pads might be hard to grasp just think of how clean your garbage can will be. I will touch on this more in another post but it is seriously worth looking into a reusable cup and/or reusable pads.
After sharing the Green UP challenge on social media I have had countless followers and friends mention to me about Family cloth. Family cloth is using reusable cloth after going to the bathroom and runny noses. Don’t use the same piece in that order though…. Obviously lol. Other options include using reusable toilet paper ideally not wrapped in plastic. There is unbleached reusable toilet paper but I have found no confirmation that it does not contain BPA.
How have you created a zero waste bathroom?
Any additional tips or ideas?