• Valinda

The Best Zero Waste Shower Products

Updated: Mar 10

The bathroom can be a very wasteful place but luckily, most wasteful parts are easily swapped like switching to a bamboo toothbrush and tooth tablets, using reusable cotton rounds, and switching to a menstrual cup but the shower itself can also be an extremely wasteful place. So I have made a list of 8 tips/products to make your shower routine more sustainable.


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The only people who recommend you shower daily are soap and shampoo manufacturers but you really don’t need to shower that often. Did you know that there are people there who shower 3 times per day… I personally shower only 2 times per week as I plan my workout around it. After a run, I don’t always shower, but I wash my body with a wet cloth to remove the sweat from my body.

According to dermatologists most of us shower way too often which isn’t great for our skin. How often you really need to shower obviously depends on what kind of work you do. A cook or a painter would probably shower more often compared to someone working in an office. Also where you live will have an impact on how often you shower. If you live in the tropics or somewhere else hot, you would want to shower more often than someone like me who lives in the Netherlands. So skip a shower more often as it is not only better for your skin but also for the environment.

 
 

A long shower can be very nice and relaxing, I know but it is very wasteful and completely unnecessary. Dermatologists recommend a shower that is 5 - 10 minutes long and focuses on the dirtiest parts of your body, meaning cleaning feet, armpits, and private parts. If you also want to wash your hair you might need closer to 10 minutes in the shower as I know washing and conditioning long hair can take a lot of time but keep in mind that the longer you are in the shower, the more water will dry out your skin. Therefore, is recommended to moisturize your skin directly after showering to lock some of that moisture into your skin to prevent further dehydration of the skin. So, a shorter shower not only saves you lots of water, but it is also better for your skin. Read here more water saving tips.

I love a hot shower especially when my muscles are sore but it is not very good for our skin. The hotter, the water you are showering in, the more the natural oils that are present in your skin, will be stripped from your body which will result in itchy dry skin. Not only will your skin suffer from hot showers, but it also requires more energy compared to cold to warm showers. So, shower at a lower temperature.


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Did you know that the average shampoo in a bottle has 80 percent to 90 percent water? The remaining part is detergent with a few drops of fragrance and preservatives. So, let's purchase something that does not have all this water like a shampoo bar. Next to containing no water, there are obviously more benefits of using a shampoo bar as it lasts much longer. The average person lasts about a month with a bottle of shampoo. This differs obviously with the length of your hair but this is an average. A shampoo bar will last much longer. Mine usually lasts up to three months before I need to switch to a new one. Also, the fact that a shampoo bar is plastic-free is awesome because around the world millions of shampoo bottles are thrown away and they all end up in landfills where it takes up to 450 years for plastic to break down. I make my own shampoo bars so I exactly know what is in there and how each of the ingredients is used to benefit my hair. Click here if you are curious how I do this.


Bodywash is usually also a bottle that is in many people's showers which can also be replaced by a bar. I used to use a bar but I wanted to try something else so I purchased a liquid body wash to see if I like it and if I wanted to make this myself in the future as I love DIYing. I choose one that came in a metal container with a pump top so I could reuse it or if that is not your thing the container can be recycled or in this case returned to the manufacturer so they can reuse it.

This is obviously also an option for liquid shampoo and conditioner if you don’t like using bars. If you prefer a liquid version, either see if it is possible to buy it in your own container or in a glass or metal container.

 
 
This is not a Loofah

Did you know that a loofah sponge like this is actually not a loofa but just a piece of plastic? A loofah is actually a fruit that grows on a plant that looks like a cucumber plant. The fruits of these plants are harvested and dried. When they are dry, the peel is removed and you have a natural loofah sponge left. This sponge is awesome because it is sturdy and great for exfoliating the skin (and also great for dishes) and when it is no longer usable, it can be composted as it is a plant.

Here you can read all about disposable razors, why they are awful and why you should switch to a safety razor. If you want to shave wet in the shower, please turn off the shower and rinse afterward to save water. While shaving, you are not using the water and it is just wasteful.

I hope this blog post gave you some inspiration to make your shower routine more sustainable.


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