It’s where we go to clean up and clean out. Try these tips to make less trash in the bathroom:
– Switch to recycled, unbleached toilet paper. Why buy virgin paper just to flush it down the toilet? Reduce packaging by buying in bulk, or switching to paper-wrapped individual rolls. You can recycle, compost, or reuse the paper wrapper, unlike a plastic one.
– Buy a reusable razor. The plastic from disposable ones are a horrible waste, when a good quality safety razor will last for years.
– Refill. Buy shampoo in bulk and refill your containers. Switch to liquid castille soap for your body.
– Make your own toothpaste. In a small container, place 10 tablespoons of baking soda and 5-6 tablespoons of glycerin and stir. Add 1— 2 teaspoons of peppermint oil and combine. Use a baby spoon to apply paste to the toothbrush.
– Streamline your cosmetics collection. Buy only those items you will use on a regular basis, and buy them in the largest quantity available to minimize packaging.
– Put a one-liter soda bottle filled with water in your toilet tank. This will displace water, reducing the amount it takes to refill your tank when you flush, saving gallons every week. Don’t use a brick, which can dissolve and leave harmful residue in your plumbing.
– If it’s yellow, let it mellow … You can save even more water by only flushing solid waste.
– Compost yourself. Whether it’s hair, nail clippings, or facial tissues, anything that comes from your body is organic matter and can be composted. It may sound gross, but it’s better to send those nutrients back into the ground than have them sitting in a landfill. Some people even use composting toilets, though, unless you’re building a new house, that option is unlikely to be practical for most people.
There are many other rooms in the house where you can reduce your trash footprint. Use the lists from this week as inspiration to spur your own creative problem-solving. And don’t forget to share your ideas below!