Plastic Free July: 5 Tips for a Zero Waste Bathroom

Have you heard about Plastic Free July? The initiative aims to raise awareness about single-use plastics and encourages consumers from all over the world to embark on a journey to become zero waste.

Previously, we’ve shared with you many tips and tricks to become more zero waste in many areas of your life. From eco-friendlier summer vacation ideas or sustainable new year’s resolutions to a zero-waste kitchen, we’ve got you covered!

In this week’s blog post, our Account Management Intern, Julia Pargmann, would like to share with you her five best tips for a zero waste bathroom for all those of you who can’t get enough of our green tips.

1. Create a zero waste oral care routine

Did you know that in theory, every toothbrush ever made still exists on our planet? Imagine how many you have used throughout your life! On average, every human being can save around 300 toothbrushes from going to landfill – that’s 21 billion in the UK alone!

This can be avoided by recycling your old oral care products properly with our Oral Care Recycling Programme! Or try to make the switch to a bamboo toothbrush for eco-friendlier oral care. You can find them in most drug stores and online!

2. Clean your face with reusable cotton pads

Another item that is often used without second thoughts are cotton pads. Despite being supposed to be made from cotton, often synthetic fibres are used to make them! In consequence, they are not the most sustainable option to remove your makeup or clean your face with.

Photo: Etsy

How about switching to reusable cotton pads? They are available on Etsy (an online shop for items made by small businesses), in Zero Waste Shops or online. If you’re handy, you can consider making them yourself by using cotton-based clothing that is no longer in use. Old flannel shirts also work really well. Simply cut them into your desired shape and stitch the edges together for a cleaner look. Wash them in your laundry for easy clean-up and they’re ready to be re-used!

3. Make the switch to solid shampoo and soap bars

One of my favourite hacks for a zero-waste bathroom is to use a solid shampoo bar instead of liquid shampoo! The bar lasts a very long time and can be used for the entire family! There are countless different shops to purchase a shampoo bar from, but note the difference between a shampoo bar and hair soap – while a shampoo bar is simply a normal shampoo formula without the added water, a soap bar can have entirely different effects on your hair than a shampoo bar. Depending on your hair type and water, either one might work better for you. And if you don’t like your current one, pass it on to a friend that needs a bit more sustainability in their daily routine!

If you really want to increase your zero waste efforts, consider the switch to a body soap bar, too. They are available in many scents – so there really is the right one for everybody!

4. Avoid microplastic in your body scrub

Do you like the silky-smooth feeling that a nice smelling scrub gave your skin? So do I! What I also like is to make sure my bathroom products are free of microplastics. As they are too small to be filtered out by water treatment plants, they can get into nature and end up, well, everywhere.

You can easily make a scrub yourself; simply mix this morning’s old coffee grounds with some oil of choice (olive, jojoba, or even just use water) and scrub away! It will leave your skin super smooth and help you do your bit for the environment.

5. Use up what you have first

Last but not least, and maybe the most important tip I’d like to share with you today is to always use up what you have first before going out and buying anything new. Instead of tossing full bottles of shampoo or body wash just to buy a shampoo or body soap bar, use them up and later dispose of them properly. In the end, it’s more important to have many people doing small efforts than a handful doing everything.

Changing your lifestyle to become low waste is a long journey and depending on your needs can be nearly impossible to achieve. But it is important to always do your best – even if you don’t have the time or the financial resources to execute all changes as quickly as you’d ideally like to.


If you want to learn more about how you can recycle your waste and get closer to your zero waste goals, check out our free recycling programmes!

3 thoughts on “Plastic Free July: 5 Tips for a Zero Waste Bathroom

  1. Hi Julia, great blog, thanks. I’ve been plastic free since Plastic Free July 2018 so have pretty much got on board with all your suggestions and now am looking for more.

    I like your final suggestion of using up what you have. I live in a small rural village and from time to time we hold Freesales where people can bring anything along (including half finished bottles of shampoo etc) and take anything away – all free. It’s a great way of getting rid of things you don’t like or need knowing it’ll be used up by someone. However, I would also like to mention refills for a future blog. You can now refill so many things from kitchen to bathroom therefore save the last bottle and keep filling it up. It allows you to try different brands and never throw the bottle away. Forgive me if you’ve already covered this.

    Look forward to your next posting.


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    1. Hi Val, thanks for sharing your thoughts! Great idea, refilling empty bottles is definitely a good option to strengthen your zero waste efforts even further! We’ll keep this in mind for future blog posts.


  2. This is a really interesting post! It’s so important to think about how we can make these little changes to our lives, in all aspects of our home. Another good thing to encourage recycling, especially in the bathroom, is towels made from recycled materials.


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