30+ Best Zero Waste Bathroom Products
The bathroom can be quite a wasteful place. Lots of items are disposable and are only used once before they are thrown away. Some bathroom products we use a little longer but most of those, in the end, will still end up as waste.
For example, worldwide over 1 billion toothbrushes are thrown away each year in the US alone. Some of these end up in landfills but there are also lots of these toothbrushes ending up in our oceans. It is estimated that 250 million metric tonnes of plastics will be in our oceans by 2050.
Therefore I have made a list of the 30 best zero waste bathroom products to make sure your bathroom is just as eco-friendly as the rest of your sustainable home.
Reusable face rounds
One of the easiest zero waste bathroom swaps you can make is switching to reusable face rounds. Even reusable cotton ones are a much better alternative to disposable cotton ones because you can reuse them for years to come. If you have a little more money to spend I recommend going for bamboo ones. These are not only more sustainable compared to cotton, they are also much softer on your skin making them great to remove eye make up from your skin.
Bamboo cotton swabs
Most people don’t consider the amount of waste cotton buds can produce. Regular cotton buds consist of cotton which does not have the best reputation (especially when it is single-use) and plastic. Making it hard to recycle as it is made with 2 materials. These are made with cotton and bamboo making them plastic free and completely natural and biodegradable.
Reusable cotton swabs
If you are looking for something even more eco-friendly compared to a bamboo cotton swab, a reusable one may be just for you. This pack has different options as some of us use cotton swaps for more than just to clean our ears. The smooth one is great to remove mascara smears and other makeup accidents you may want to fix.
This is another zero waste bathroom product that saves you so much plastic and money. A shampoo bar does not need a plastic bottle to contain the liquid as it is a solid and because all the water is removed from the product, it lasts much longer compared to a bottle of shampoo, saving you money in the long run.
Just like a shampoo bar, a conditioner bar save you just as much in plastic and water while also nourishing your hair. This is because there is no water in a conditioner bar meaning the ingredients are much more concentrated which will benefit your hair.
A bamboo soap dish will make sure your conditioner and shampoo bar will last much longer as they will not be stored wet. This will prevent your bars from getting mushy and soggy as the water can be easily drained from the bar.
For some of us, a shampoo bar is just not something we like the use. Luckily there are some amazing options out there that are just as eco-friendly compared to shampoo bars but much more convenient in use. This refillable shampoo comes in a container that can easily be refilled by returning the bottle while it also makes your hair soft and shiny.
Just like shampoo a conditioner bar may also not work for everyone. This refillable conditioner is a great sustainable alternative to plastic bottles without a large amount of waste production. This conditioner makes your hair silky smooth and tangle-free without harming our planet.
Bamboo hair brush
A bamboo hair brush is a must in a zero waste bathroom. Not only is bamboo much more gentle to your hair compared to plastic, but it is also much more eco-friendly as it is made from a renewable resource. This brush is completely plastic-free and will gently massage your scalp while detangling your hair.
A bamboo comb is not only more eco-friendly compared to a plastic one, it also looks much nicer and is much better for your hair. The wide teeth make this brush great for both wet and dry hair and will hair you distribute your hair products through your hair.
Plastic-free hair ties
Hair ties are convenient to get our hair out of the way. Everyone with long (ish) hair will have multiple lying around in our home but did you know that most hair ties are often made with plastic? Choose plastic-free for your next hair ties as these are not only more eco-friendly because they are made with natural materials only, but they are also more gentle on your hair.
As mentioned before, millions of toothbrushes end up in landfills each year. Therefore it is better to choose a plastic-free toothbrush that can be composted so that it doesn't have to contribute to landfills. Bamboo is an extremely fast-growing grass (!) that can be made in lots of different items that are completely natural and compostable like these toothbrushes.
Stainless steel tongue scrapper
For some extra hygiene in the mouth area, a tongue scrapper is a great addition. This stainless steel one not only helps with bad breath but also will clean better compared to plastic ones and are much easier to clean.
Zero waste vegan floss
This vegan, biodegradable floss is 100% plant-based made with PLA which is derived from corn starch. The zero waste floss container made of stainless steel which makes it easy to reuse the tooth floss dispenser for years. Ideal for travel and having your floss always at hand in your zero waste bathroom.
Just like toothbrushes, toothpaste often also comes in a plastic tube. Not only that, but the toothpaste itself often also contains microplastic (to scrub your teeth). Therefore it is better to look for something more sustainable. These zero-waste tooth tablets are just that. Completely plastic-free while also cleaning your teeth perfectly.
This fluoride, glycerin, and SLS free formula helps to restore a healthy pH balance to your mouth after brushing, maintain good oral health and freshen your breath. Flavored with organic Peppermint oil, these eco-friendly tablets, that you add to water, are ideal for everyday use while the container makes it great for traveling too.
Refillable Natural Deodorant
This natural deodorant has only 6 ingredients and will keep sweaty scents at bay. This stainless steel case makes sure this deodorant is reusable as it is easily refilled.
A safety razor is a great zero waste bathroom alternative to disposable razors. The latter is very hard to recycle because even though each individual part may be recyclable, it is very hard to take disposable razors apart and recycled therefore it is rarely done and they will end up in landfills. A safety razor is completely plastic-free and durable and the blades are easily recyclable making it a great eco-friendly alternative.
A menstrual cup is an awesome zero waste alternative to tampons. It is estimated that over 28000 tons of waste are generated by menstrual products in the UK alone per year. To prevent this waste, a menstrual cup is a great option. Not only does it reduce the amount of bathroom waste, but it also saves you lots of money as you no longer need to buy monthly products.
Reusable menstrual pads
A menstrual cup is not for everyone (and that is ok). Luckily there are more sustainable options out there for your period like reusable menstrual pads. These pads have no snaps but fold around your under making them much more comfortable when you need to use a bike (am I Dutch after all).
Are reusable pads also not for you? Have you tried menstrual underwear? Just as comfortable as regular underwear and lasts an entire day before it needs changing. They are also great after giving birth due to their high capacity and how comfortable they are.
Water saving shower head
We all love a long hot shower but it is lots of water wasted. With a water-saving shower head you can take a long shower with a little less guild as with this shower head you will save lots of water (although you will save even more water by taking a shorter shower).
We all cut ourselves every once in a while and we need a bandaid. Did you know that regular bandaids are made out of plastic? Luckily there are alternatives like these compostable bandaids. They are made from 100% organic and natural bamboo fiber with a mineral-based pressure-sensitive adhesive (the glue) making them completely compostable after use.
Reusable Toilet Paper
This is certainly a more advanced option but keep in mind that you don't have to use it for no. 2. If you are more comfortable using it only for wiping yourself after peeing that is an option as well. Most of us need to go through a mental barrier for switching to reusable toilet paper as most are perfectly comfortable with using cloth diapers for babies which is essentially the same.
Recycled toilet paper
So, reusable toilet paper is really not for you but you still want more sustainable toilet paper for your zero waste bathroom. Toilet paper made from post-consumer recycled paper is a great eco-friendly alternative to regular toilet paper. It has no dyes, inks, or fragrances meaning it is completely compostable and septic tank safe.
Organic bath towels
The towels you use regularly are often made with regular cotton. When you have completely used up these towels, try to go for a more eco-friendly option like organic bath towels. Organic cotton is less polluting to our planet and you expose yourself to less of the pesticides that are often used during the production of regular cotton.
Organic wash cloth
In the morning I don't shower but use a wash cloth to wash my face. Organic cotton is not only better for our planet and health, it is also much softer compared to regular cotton making it great to use on your face.
Organic cotton robe
After your shower, you want to wear something soft and comfortable but also something sustainable. This organic cotton robe is just that. Made with soft organic cotton, you don't even want to get dressed after your shower.
Organic cotton hair towel
To finish our shower routine, we need something to prevent our hair from dripping all over the place. A hair towel is a great solution for preventing everything from getting wet and quickly drying your hair after your shower.
I hope these products gave you some inspiration to make your bathroom more zero waste so you can continue your eco-friendly lifestyle.