How to Make Your Bathroom More Sustainable in 5 Easy Steps
Making the jump to living a more sustainable life can seem overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. There are so many things that you could possibly change. Do you start with the smaller things like swapping to energy-saving light bulbs or do you switch your routine overnight?
Well - let’s be honest - nobody is going to be able to go fully sustainable in 24 hours. It is a process, and Bee Clean Soaps want to help you with that process by giving you our best advice; start with your bathroom.
From the ingredients in our cleaning products, right down to the production of shower accessories, there are so many things that we can all do to make our bathrooms more sustainable.
1. Choose bamboo
Switching your accessories from plastic to bamboo alternatives is one of the easiest changes you can make to create a more sustainable bathroom.
Bamboo is an incredibly sustainable crop. It is a hardy, self-sustaining and fast-growing grass, which is why it is now commonly used as an alternative to plastic and cotton.
How to upgrade your bathroom to a bamboo haven:
- Make the swap to biodegradable toothbrushes. Companies like Bambooth will let you choose the texture of bristles to suit your brushing needs, and even supply colourful toothbrushes with extra soft bristles for your little ones
- Get your natural soap bars a comfy little home in the form of a raw wood, ceramic or bamboo soap dish. Anything with draining holes will be a perfect nesting spot for your soap
- Throw in the cotton towel and replace it with a bamboo alternative. You can also find bamboo face cloths, washcloths and hemp soap savers that are wholly biodegradable.
- Invest in bamboo hairbrushes and combs
- Try out recycled or bamboo toilet paper
As you can see, we’re barmy for bamboo bathroom upgrades.
Did you know that certain species of bamboo can grow up to 3 feet in a day? Incredible!
2. Use natural products
Natural products that are made using organic ingredients are far better for the environment and your skin.
By choosing to go natural, you’ll no longer be flushing harmful chemicals down the drain that can have a detrimental impact on our oceans and wildlife. Natural soap bars, shampoos and beauty products break down quicker than artificial products, making them less likely to pollute our waters.
On top of that, organic ingredients come directly from suppliers that support sustainable farming practices and avoid the use of pesticides. This means you will be supporting the livelihood of wildlife and insects.
What about cleaning products, we hear you ask? We love Purdy and Figg, a stunning eco-friendly cleaning brand who sells refillable cleaning bottles that will last for life.
3. Be more conscious about water usage
We don’t always think of water usage as having environmental significance, but really it is one of the biggest energy consumers in the home. The more water you use to wash, the more energy your boiler is using to heat the water to your desired temperature.
While we know that a long, heated bubble bath is one of the most comforting feelings in the world, taking short, efficient showers are far better for the environment. We don’t want you to completely deny yourself the luxury of a relaxing bath, however, so try simply limiting the number of baths in your schedule to reduce the amount of energy you use for your washes.
Not only will this have a marvellous effect on the environment, it will also save you money on your energy bills. Lovely!
Other tips and tricks for reducing water usage in your bathroom:
- Don’t leave the water running when brushing your teeth or shaving
- Use a regular flow shower instead of a power shower - power showers can use up to twice as much energy as running a bath
- If your budget allows, install low-flow taps, toilets and showers
- Use reusable/compostable wipes instead of water while cleaning
- Only fill your bathtub halfway
- Leave your towel hanging to dry, so that it needs to machine washed less
4. Opt for high-quality accessories
When it comes to reducing waste in the household, quality over quantity really is the way forward, and this extends to your bathroom.
High quality, hardwearing accessories that you love will last you far longer than cheaper, plastic alternatives. This reduces waste and will, ultimately, save you money in the long run.
Choose stone for your toilet brushes, mildew resistant shower curtains or glass shower screens, and durable shelving that is waterproofed to prevent steam damage.
5. Do away with plastic packaging
It’s no secret that plastic is dangerous. In fact, it is suspected that plastic bottles take 450 years to break down into micro-plastics, which seep into the environment. So really, once it has been made, it is here forever.
So what can you do to expel plastic from your bathroom?
- Upgrade compressed single-use deodorant cans to biodegradable deodorant sticks
- Switch to plastic-free cotton bud
- Use reusable makeup wipes and makeup remover in plastic-free packaging
- Buy shampoo and conditioner bars
- Choose natural soap bars instead of liquid soap
- Give your shaving kit a sustainable makeover with stylish shaving scuttles, metal/wood razors and eco-friendly shaving soap
Bee Clean Soaps are proud to be sustainable in every aspect of our business. From using 100% recyclable and compostable packaging to sourcing ingredients locally wherever we can and lovingly crafting each and every natural soap bar using only natural, organic ingredients, we remain vigilant.
For products that you’ll feel fantastic adding to your newly sustainable bathroom, trust Bee Clean Soaps.