Our kitchens are a hot topic for sustainable choices; reducing food waste, ditching cling film for waxed food wraps and stocking up on reusable containers and bags. But what about in our bathrooms?
At Happier Beauty we know there's loads of easy wins when it comes to making your bathroom greener. And you might save yourself some money too!
Cleaning the non-toxic way
You may have heard it from your grandparents, but cleaning the old fashioned way really does work! Using a lemon, or a grapefruit to cover more surface area, combined with rock salt can help make your bath, sink and taps sparkle without the use of any chemical-loaded cleaning products. Not only does it reduce plastic and unnecessary packaging, there's no nasty chemicals going back into the water supply. And you might save a bit of money using up ingredients from your kitchen too!
Make do and mend
Repairing a broken item instead of replacing it, or restoring something to give it a new lease of life is one of the best (and most fulfilling) things we can do for the environment. Whether you’re doing a bigger renovation and salvaging items from a reclamation yard, or working on individual pieces, it's a great way to add some character to your bathroom.
Plastic is not fantastic
One of the easiest switches you can make in your bathroom is to reduce plastic. Every plastic toothbrush ever created still exists today 😱(they can take up to a thousand years to decompose!) Bamboo alternatives can now be found in lots of shops and you can even find recyclable heads to fit electric toothbrushes. Happier Beauty’s bamboo toothbrush is made from Moso, one of the most sustainable types of bamboo in terms of the yield - it doesn’t require fertiliser to grow - and it’s not the kind that pandas eat! Just remove the bristles, which you can usually recycle, and the bamboo part of the toothbrush can go in your compost.
Let’s talk naked products! There are loads of great options for completely packaging-free toiletries to reduce the amount of plastic cluttering up your shower shelf. Naked shampoos, conditioners, soaps and deodorants tend to last much longer than bottled versions too.
Break up with single use
The bathroom is one of the easiest places to banish single-use. Ditch cotton buds and pads for reusable versions like washable face cloths, and revolutionise your monthly period with a reusable menstrual cup or leak-proof pants. Once you’ve got one, they last for years and years so no more monthly costs of single use sanitary products!
Grow your own sponge
Sponges are essentially bundles of plastic, so it’s a big green-win to make the switch to a sustainable version. Did you know you can grow your own luffa (or loofah) in the garden? Though they’re commonly mistaken for coming from the ocean, they’re actually part of the gourd family and can be grown at home! If you lack green fingers you can buy one, and they’ll biodegrade once they’re no longer usable.
Save water - bath with a friend
It’s certainly a fun way to be green but if you can’t do it all the time, there are other ways to conserve water easily. Turn off your taps when you’re brushing your teeth, and when you're waiting for the water to heat up catch it in a jug or bucket. You can then use this watering plants around the house.
At Happier Beauty we believe in great products that don’t cost the earth. Social consciousness, transparency with ingredients and sustainable packaging is of utmost import to us. We will always work to find the best ingredients and materials so that we never compromise on either product performance or sustainability.
Find out more about what we do and our commitment to the environment here.