Recycling and composting are fast becoming the social norm, but while our kitchens may be becoming increasingly eco-friendly, it’s important to spread our sustainable net and ensure we’re not overlooking our bathrooms.
The good news? We’ve done the hard part for you and researched some small swaps that will make a mighty impact when it comes to making your bathroom habits more planet-friendly. Click on the + signs to find out more…
By its very nature, toilet paper is a single-use product (obviously) and requires water, paper, bleach and chlorine to produce.
Thankfully, household brands like Cushelle are already taking a strong stance on sustainability. The company has reduced its carbon footprint (total greenhouse gas emissions) by 2% since introducing its Double Rolls, by reusing production water and making its packaging out of 60% recycled plastic and 25% plant-based materials. Getting twice as much for your usual loo roll also means saving on cardboard tubes – and space. It’s win, win.
To really up your eco credentials, try flattening your toilet roll slightly so it’s harder to pull lots of sheets at a time – this will subtly encourage you to use less.
And when it’s time to replace your plastic toilet brush, why not buy a bamboo-based brush instead? Check it can be composted at the end of its life, so you can clean safe in the knowledge you’re not adding to landfill.
Disposables are fast becoming a thing of the past, but some of us are still guilty of regularly throwing away cotton wool balls and buds. In England, it’s estimated that we use 1.8 billion cotton buds every year, with an estimated 10% of those being flushed down toilets, potentially ending up in waterways and harming marine wildlife.
Swap your cotton pads for reusable makeup remover rounds that you can wash and use on rotation, and look to reusable cotton buds like LastObject’s LastSwab, which are handy to keep at home or in your handbag.
While many of us are looking to cut down on our plastic consumption, some of us are still hesitant to make the leap from liquid shower products to solid ones, even though it’s as economical a swap as it is environmentally friendly – not only do shampoo bars reduce the need for excess packaging, but they also typically last longer than bottled shampoo.
To get started, opt for natural brands like Ethique, whose shampoo and conditioner bars contain naturally derived, plant-based ingredients that are soap-free and PH balanced, meaning they won’t take much adjusting to. And if you really can’t make the leap? Make an effort to refill or recycle your current bottles.
For an additional sustainable shower tip, swap your plastic shower puff for a compostable hessian version to exfoliate worry-free.
Making a move towards using natural cleaning products will help keep harsh chemicals out of our air and waterways, protecting wildlife in the process. Plus, it’s better for your health – some studies have shown that breathing in chemical cleaning sprays can be as damaging as smoking.
Thankfully, eco-conscious and natural cleaning products can be just as effective, minus the warning label. Added essential oils have antiviral and antibacterial properties, while products from brands like KINN are made locally in the UK and are free from synthetic fragrances, dye and animal by-products. Companies like Ecover and Bio-D also offer local refill stations.
You’ve got the memo about swapping your plastic toothbrush for a wooden one, but have you also considered wrapping up in organic cotton or bamboo bath towels?
Organic cotton requires 88% less water and 62% less energy to produce, while bamboo is the most resource-efficient plant on the planet thanks to its low farming maintenance (meaning it doesn’t need any pesticides to grow). Aim to buy towels made from responsibly harvested and manufactured materials that also use low-impact dyes. Thankfully, once you know where to look, checking these details will start to become second nature.
Now, sit back and enjoy the sustainable sanctuary that is your bathroom.
Learn more about Cushelle’s commitment to sustainability and why its Double Rolls are a smart, eco-friendly choice
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