How To Reduce Plastic Waste In Your Bathroom
Plastic packaging and products are an all-too-familiar part of our bathroom routines. With some simple eco-friendly swaps, we can cut down on plastic waste in the bathroom and reduce the amount of plastic polluting our environment.
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From disposable razors to shower gel containers to plastic toothbrushes, our bathrooms are overflowing with plastic. While it may seem hard to part with your favorite personal care products, there are sustainable options on the market that are just as good, if not better than what you’re already using. You really can reduce your plastic footprint in the bathroom by making eco-friendly purchases.
It can take up to 1,000 years for plastic to degrade (1). The less plastic we use and throw away now, the less plastic will crowd our landfills and pollute our environment in the future.
No matter how conscientious we are at recycling, only 9% of the world’s plastic gets recycled (2). That’s a pretty depressing statistic. And 90% of the debris floating on the ocean’s surface is plastic (3). All those cute seals and dolphins and penguins can get entangled in or ingest the plastic that we throw away.
With a wide range of buying options now available, we can choose to be more conscientious consumers and reduce our plastic waste. It’s up to us to stop using and throwing away so much plastic.
Below are all the essentials you’ll need for transitioning to an eco-friendly bathroom, minimizing plastic waste and working towards a more sustainable personal care routine.
How many plastic toothbrushes, plastic floss containers and plastic toothpaste tubes have you thrown away in your lifetime? Probably a lot! It’s estimated that 1 billion toothbrushes are used and dumped in landfills every year just in the United States (4). Plastic can take up to a thousand years to decompose, so that’s a lot of plastic toothbrushes sitting in landfills.
There are some great eco-friendly dental products on the market today. I’ve recently switched out my brand of floss, and I’m loving my new sustainable brand (my dad was a dentist, so I can get a little over-enthusiastic about dental care). You can read my natural floss reviews here. By changing up your dental routine with more eco-friendly alternatives, like using a bamboo toothbrush and mouthwash tablets, you can make a world of difference in the amount of plastic waste dumped in landfills.