So finally, I have one part of my life entirely plastic-free, and that is my daily washing routine. Apart from the food and drink I am putting into my body, I think for me, this is probably one of the things I want the most to be plastic-free, since I am putting this stuff on my skin every day.
What’s more, I think having a plastic-free bathroom is one of the easiest things to achieve (even if it took me the better part of a year…). The methods I have switched to are simple, and a lot of the products are readily available from stores around Europe, or online. Though some options can be a bit on the expensive side, I think overall I spend much less now on washing products than I did before.
And, of course, the reduction in plastic-consumption is enormous! Think about all of those plastic bottles you have lined up on your bathroom shelf: shampoos, conditioners, shower gels, razor creams, aftershaves, mouthwash, toothpaste… and often there will be multiple types of each. I came to think, what’s the point? It’s the constant adverts on TV and billboards telling us we need hundreds of different products for our faces, body, feet, hair to be beautiful and attractive, when actually what all I really care about is being healthy and well… clean. So, I decided to stop using plastic in the bathroom, and looked for simple, general-use alternatives.
Before: shower gels
Now: bar soap