At times, sustainability can seem downright intimidating. Not just that, but some green initiatives can be impractical and expensive. They need not be. Do you always wish there were better, easier ways to live more sustainably? Well, here are simple changes you can make in your bathroom to help you do just that.
1. Make Green Purchase Decisions
Numerous stores today stock green products. Some examples of these include silk floss that is more environmentally friendly than traditional plastic floss. Others include bamboo toothbrushes instead of plastic ones. You can also choose biodegradable toilet paper. These are seemingly minor changes, but these being items used and replaced often make a significant change over time.
2. Minimize shower-Time
Each time you take a 10-minute shower, you use about 80 gallons of water. Now multiply this by the number of people that live in your household, apartment block, street, city, and so on. Cutting your shower time by half can significantly lower wastage and your water bill as well. Something else you can do to lower water usage is to install a low-flow shower head.
3. Ditch Single-Use Bottles
If you look around your bathroom, you will notice multiple products in plastic bottles. Each time you finish the product, you dump the plastic bottle and get a new product. A more sustainable way to go about it would be to invest in reusable containers. Often, these are durable glass bottles. You can also identify organic skin and hair products sellers that sell re-fills. You can also buy shampoo bars and conditioners instead of bottled ones.
4. Switch to Environmentally Friendly Sanitary Items
Research tells us that tampons take up to six months to biodegrade. However, this does not account for the non-biodegradable plastic applicators that come with tampons. A typical non-organic sanitary towel, on the other hand, takes years to break down
Something you can consider is period panties and menstrual cups. These are washable and can be used safely for months and even years. Aside from minimizing your waste products that will end up in landfills, these more permanent options will also save you money in the long term.
5. Have a Compost Bin In There
A compost bin in the kitchen has become increasingly popular in the kitchen. Thankfully, it has started making headway in the bathroom as well. As you begin to make more eco-friendly product purchases, you will have more items for the compost bin. Think wooden q-tips, bamboo toothbrushes, cotton makeup remover rounds, products bought in biodegradable packaging, and so on. Place this bin in the bathroom conveniently as a subtle reminder to use it.
Consistency Is Key
The key to making your bathroom more eco-friendly is to make consistent efforts, regardless of how small they might seem. Over time, all these efforts contribute to a more eco-friendly bathroom.