Everyone 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.
- 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.
- Toilet paper – choose recycled content toilet paper (yes, I know I have waivered on this a bit, but I’m leaning back toward choosing the recycled version… and yes, my husband is going to be devastated!)
- Q-tips – choose those with a paper spindle instead of plastic… plain and simple.
- Antibacterials soaps – skip them… they do more harm than good. (Read more here.)
- 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!)