As we head into the new year, we want to challenge you to continue to make small changes in your everyday life in order to make a BIG difference for the planet. And what better place to start than the bathroom?
Swap 1: Switch to bar soap 🧼
Switch from liquid soap to bar soap and from shampoo to shampoo bars. Making the switch not only means less disposables but also bar soaps have a waterless formula, which make them even more eco-friendly. With bar soap, you'll save water, plastic, and the planet—a trifecta of sustainable triumphs from your shower alone. Unwrapped Life even makes bars which are customizable based on your hair type, so you don't have to sacrifice good hair days :)
Swap 2: Switch to a bamboo toothbrush 🦷
Most standard toothbrushes are made from polypropylene plastic for the handle and nylon for the bristles. Both of these materials are derived directly from fossil fuels, and therefore are fueling the industry primarily responsible for climate change. We recommend switching from a plastic toothbrush to a toothbrush with a replaceable head or a bamboo toothbrush. Bamboo toothbrushes are made from a much more biodegradable material and using one is a very simple step towards a more sustainable future.
Swap 3: Make your own lotion! 🧴
Why spend $ on another bottle of lotion when you could make your own? Our friend Kathryn from Going Zero Waste has a great recipe for a non-greasy, zero waste lotion. According to Kathryn, "this homemade lotion is really light... I whipped all those rich ingredients together into a delicious body butter that looked and smelled like vanilla frosting." Yum!
Swap 4: Change your disposable razor for a safety razor
Unlike disposable razors, safety razors are built to last a lifetime. Since the razor itself lasts so long, only the razor blades need to be recycled. This one is a no-brainer!
Swap 5: Say goodbye to toilet paper! 🧻
Fun fact: The average bidet uses only one-eighth of a gallon of water, while it takes about 37 gallons of water to make a single roll of toilet paper! Not ready to make the switch to a bidet? Don't worry, there are several eco-friendly alternatives to traditional toilet paper. Find out more about them here.
Besides these swaps there are many other great swaps both in and out of the bathroom! What swaps will you be making towards a more sustainable lifestyle in 2021?