One of the best ways to reduce the amount of trash you produce is to make zero-waste swaps around your house. The bathroom is a great place to start! Many of the products we use in the bathroom are packaged in plastic and take up a lot of space in the trash. Here are a few swaps you can make to reduce your household waste.
Humans have been using bar soaps for centuries. They get the job done and require little to no packaging. Did you know that a number of stores in Hawaii sell them package-free? You just have to bring your own bag or container to store it on the way home. Bar soaps are perfect for sinks and small showers, as they take up significantly less space than most bottled soaps. There are so many different types of bar soaps, including face soap, body wash, shampoo, and even conditioner. It just might take you some time to find the perfect scent, but once you do, you’ll never look back!
Stainless Steel Razor
A stainless-steel razor can be used for years—all you need to do is switch out the blades! A stainless-steel razor may seem pricey at first, but it can save you hundreds of dollars in the long run. Disposable razors, usually made of plastic, should only be used around three to eight times before being thrown out. With proper care, a stainless-steel razor will last you a lifetime. When your blades get too dull, many can be recycled, and some companies will even take them back. Great for the environment and your wallet!
Forget the plastic shower sponges, use a natural loofah instead! Did you know that a loofah is actually a plant? Loofah, also known as luffa, is a member of the gourd family. It grows on a vine in tropical and subtropical regions and looks similar to a cucumber plant. A natural loofah is just as effective as any other scrubber but will not result in any micro-plastic pollution, which standard plastic loofahs produce. Learn how to grow your own loofah here.
Feminine Hygiene Products
Feminine hygiene products are some of the costliest bathroom items for women. One study found that women spend an average of $9,379 on their period throughout their lifetime. Not only do these products cost a lot, but they produce loads of rubbish, too. Menstrual cups, reusable pads, and period underwear are great swaps for tampons and disposable pads. Learn more about reusable period products here.
Zero-Waste Stores in Hawaii
If you are interested in trying out any of these swaps, there are a few zero-waste stores on Oahu that will help you get started in your zero-waste journey!