Going green in the bathroom: 10 things you overlooked…

bth room 2Everyone knows the standard list of ways to go green in the bathroom – turning off the water while you brush your teeth, low-flow shower heads, water efficient toilets, chemical-free cleaners, short showers and low-volume baths… okay, you’ve heard them all, but what about those little things you overlook?

Think there aren’t any?  Well, think again… here are some things you may have missed:

  • Soap – choose bar soaps over liquid shower gels and avoid excess plastic packaging. Although many of the bottles are recyclable, the caps often aren’t.
  • Cosmetic foundations & eyeliners – choose foundation sold in glass bottles or jars over those in plastic tubes and containers so they can be recycled. Choose wooden pencil eyeliners over plastic tubes too.grn soap
  • Shampoos – (if you must use a conditioner) choose a 2-in-1 product where the shampoo and conditioner are combined.  You will use one less container but also shorten your shower by skipping an extra step.
  • Razors – choose a refillable razor versus disposables.  Plastic razors simply become needless trash.
  • Q-tips – choose those with a paper spindle instead of plastic… plain and simple.bamb towels
  • Towels – choose bamboo options.  They’re soft, snuggly and (most important) sustainable!  Organic cotton towels are another great choice.
  • Greywater – Add a bucket in the shower with you and capture it!  Showers actually account for over a quarter of a home’s typical water usage, and there are plenty of uses for this greywater.
  • Speaking of showers… shower with someone special…. (Ooo, Mom Goes Green just got naughty!)

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6 thoughts on “Going green in the bathroom: 10 things you overlooked…

  1. Great list. A lot of homes have a little trash basket in bathrooms, but I find that it’s convenient to have 2–once for recycling tp rollers & any other recyclable packaging.

    Love your site!
    .-= Melissa Shaffer´s last blog ..Three =-.

  2. Hi there! I love your blog and I get quite a bit of useful info from you! You are the best Green Blog out there in my humble opinion. Wanted to talk about recycled content bathroom tissue though, as you will appreciate this and hopefully will pass it along. Recycled content bathroom tissue contains BPAs. Recent research (Dresden University) made the connection to contaminated ground water (with BPAs) to recycled content bathroom tissue. This is because when paper is recycled, they do not separate glossy thermal paper from non glossy thermal paper. I found out about this last September when the research study was published. Not many people are aware of this. I own a company already making bamboo fiber wet wipes…so it wasn’t a big stretch for me to make the first bamboo bathroom tissue. It is my answer to this problem because it is a virgin material that does not neccessitate recycling due to its renewability and sustainability. I also package it in a 100% recycled cardboard box and it is elemental chlorine free, fragrance free, breaks down quickly, and it is 3 ply! It is actually smooth and pretty soft. If you are curious to learn more about it, check out http://www.bumboosa.com We plant a tree with every box of 4 sold. Our mission is to RESTORE deforested areas and REPLACE tree pulp products with renewable and sustainable materials. We love to talk about what we are doing and we welcome email and calls. info@bumboosa.com or 866-996-BUMS – Sonja Sheasley, Co Founder of Bum Boosa Bamboo Products

  3. Melissa – GREAT idea! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    Sonja – thanks for the info… will definitely check you out! BPA in recycled content TP has always been my hang-up!

  4. Melissa, I’m with you…I recently created a second trash can on the “second floor” of the house for recycling all the newspaper/magazine (and those 50 annoying subscription cards that fall out of each), laundry packaging, clothing tags, dry cleaning cardboard, etc. I simply hadn’t given much thought to all the recyclables that were escaping my efforts on the “first floor” of the house. And I, too, love your site, Doe!

  5. Ask your self this question. Does my tooth brush need to hear the water running to work correctly? The article mentions how precious water is. Like many aspects of US lifestyles we are writting checks against tommorrow. The Agalola aquafer (sorry about the spelling) of the east coast is running at a deficit most of the year. Also a bit more drastic a move would be to shut off the shower while suddsing. Yes it gets cool durring this but, it can save several gallons of precious water. Practice increases speed like many practiced actions. Our sailors aboard ship shower like this on a dayly basis due to finite supply. How we shower normally is called a Hollywood shower by most sailors, as they see it in movies while at sea.

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