We all have those moments where we want to be greener, where we research, plan and make changes to our lives. You may stick at it, making your home as sustainable as possible. Other times, our good intentions are overruled by time or financial constraints. Life is busy, we may forget to order that sustainable loo roll, toothbrushes or plastic-free moisturiser, and before we know it, we’ve fallen back into old habits.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
You may not be in a position to overhaul your entire bathroom just yet, but small steps make a big impact. In the UK alone, we’re disposing of 200 million plastic toothbrushes a year, with each one taking 400 years to decompose.
Ditching your toothbrush entirely isn’t an option, not one that your teeth or dentist will thank you for, so why not opt for a wooden one? They’re still disposable and need to be replaced but the difference is, bamboo and beech toothbrushes only take 4 - 6 months to decompose and when they do, they won’t release nasty industrial chemicals like BPAs into the environment.
Our awareness of wooden toothbrushes may be peaking now but they have been around since the 8th century! Suffice to say, in recent years the product has been tweaked, and Georganics has a fantastic range of FSC Beechwood toothbrushes.
Made from compostable Swiss Beechwood, with BPA-free nylon bristles, and available on a subscribe and save option which gives you 10% off the price (and means you’ll never forget to order them). Sustainable through and through, Georganics plant a new tree for every tree that’s cut down and excess materials and waste are used to heat their factory.
Don’t Just Care for Your Hair
Haircare can be a tricky one because if you’ve used standard, synthetic shampoos and conditioners since the day you started washing your hair, transitioning to a natural, solid soap can have side effects. Hair will often appear greasier for a short time while your hair and scalp adjust to no longer having the chemicals added.
However, that’s not the case with Kinkind. Their award-winning shampoo and conditioner bars promise the same results from the first use. UK-made, and fitting through your letterbox due to minimal packaging, each bar lasts up to 50 washes - the equivalent of four plastic bottles!
For frizzy and curly hair, try the Give Me More Duo, or the Give Me Strength Duo which is suitable for all hair types. For a plastic-free, silicone-free, paraben-free, vegan, cruelty-free approach to hair care, subscribe and save for a 10% discount and never run out.
Doing the Business
We all like a bit of comfort in our most sensitive areas, and in the past, recycled loo roll has lacked the softness of standard loo roll. With Who Gives a Crap, that’s no longer the case, and within their range of environmentally friendly loo roll, you’ll find premium bamboo and 3-ply recycled options.
Not only are you buying a luxurious and eco-friendly loo roll, with each purchase you’re giving the gift of clean water and toilet facilities to deprived countries. Who Gives a Crap donates 50% of its profits to providing clean water and sanitation facilities to those in need.
Ditch the Traditional Towel
No, we’re not saying you should air-dry (unless you like to) it’s just that there are better ways to get dry than using traditional loop and pile towels. Peshtemals, or hammam towels as they are more commonly known, can be a real bathroom game changer.
A beautiful, space-saving addition to your bathroom, Lüks Linen’s peshtemal towels are the same dimensions as a bath sheet but roll or fold down to a quarter of the size. When used as a towel, they’re quick-drying and don’t retain water in the same way as traditional towels. This means they don’t get damp and smelly, resulting in less laundering.Lüks Linen’s peshtemal towels can be used for almost anything from a wrap or sarong to a scarf or throw. Choose from organic GOTS certified cotton or linen, bright and bold, neutral, soft or textured, either way, you won’t be disappointed.
Every peshtemal towel comes with a 20-year replace or repair guarantee and, as an organic product, once it has reached the end of its life as a towel, it can be used or buried in the garden, where it will decompose.
Having a Revamp
If you’re planning on redecorating or replacing your bathroom then now's the time to go deeper than the everyday products and make changes from the ground up.
Building a new unit? Select FSC Certified Wood that’s been sourced from responsibly managed and sustainable forests, and approved by the Forest Stewardship Council. Replace lanolin and plastic-based floor tiles with cork floorboards. Not only is cork naturally water-resistant but it’s warmer and softer on your toes.
Making a statement with your paint isn’t just about the colour, it’s about the brand. Atelier Ellis produces handmade, breathable paints in their UK factory. 94% of their ingredients are natural and they’re free from heavy metals and micro-plastics.
We all love a nice hot shower and we know they use less water than a bath but they can still be better. Stone Stream has created a very simplistic yet brilliant approach to their aerated showerhead. By simply mixing stones and water, extra air is added to the droplets, making them bigger. That’s all that happens, and yet, the impact is that you feel like there’s more water on you, which makes you shower more quickly and effectively, leading to a 50% reduction in water use.
Take a look at Stone Streams Mineral Stone Filtration System which softens hard water and is proven to reduce the build-up of bacteria and dirt.
The Finishing Touches
After all your work creating a sustainable bathroom, you deserve a soak in the bath. Simply light one of Lüks Linen’s Sustainable Candles and relax, happy in the knowledge that these small choices have made a big difference.