It’s fair to say that bathrooms have a bad reputation for being the least sustainable room in the house, often filled with plastic bottles, chemical-fueled disinfectants and a near-constant supply of wasted water. At The Home of Conscious Brands, we want to show you how easy it is to make simple swaps that are kinder to the planet, without compromising on efficacy or hygiene. If you’re looking for sustainable alternatives to help make your bathroom a little greener, here’s our rundown of how and why you can make a difference.
Did you know that water content makes up 80% of the weight of most bathroom products? Enter solid skincare: containing little to no water, the products are generally much smaller and lighter than their liquid counterparts – meaning a lower carbon emission from their transportation. Trading in your bottles for bars also lends itself to more sustainable packaging, as these can often be housed in compact cardboard packaging that’s easily recyclable.
If you want to find out more, read our complete guide to Switching To Waterless Skincare.
It’s pretty common knowledge that the beauty industry is the third most pollutant in terms of plastic, and a recent study revealed that around 64% of our household plastic waste comes from the bathroom – with hundreds of single-use bottles contributing each year. By opting for refillable products, you could be reducing CO2 emissions by up to 70%.
If that wasn’t reason enough, it’s also true that refilling rather than repurchasing saves you money, as you’re not paying for new packaging each time you buy. Keep your hair care topped up by choosing shampoos and conditioners from the likes of Rahua and Innersense, offering biodegradable pouches at a lesser price tag.
The refill revolution shouldn’t stop with beauty. Common household cleaning products are often filled with chemicals and toxins and can crowd your bathroom with just as many single-use plastic bottles. Brands like Kinfill, Neat, Spruce, Simple Goods and Norfolk Natural Living are leading the way in changing that – revolutionising the way we scrub our tubs and tiles. Much like with solid skincare, by topping up your spray bottles with vials of cleaning concentrate and topping it up with water at home, you’ll be reducing the amount of carbon emission it would take to get your product into the bathroom cupboard.
It’s a little known fact that a single sanitary pad purchased at supermarkets can take up to 800 years to decompose – not to mention the chemicals and energy that go into producing one, and the effects they may have on the body. With all that in mind, opting for organic products from the likes of Yoni and We Are Dame are a win-win – both for you and for the planet.