By Lesley Webb Peacesake's sustainability editor
Let’s get personal, for the sake of being sustainable! Have you thought about how to bring some sustainable changes to your bathroom? Think about what items you constantly use and throw away. Then think about what you can do to reduce your waste and save water. Let’s unpack our daily bathroom routines!
Turn off the Tap
Try to reduce the amount of water you use in the bathroom. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth, take shorter showers, or turn on a timer to add a time limit to your showers. You can also adjust the showerhead by lowering the water pressure to reduce the amount of water running.
According to National Geographic, 1 billion toothbrushes are thrown away every year. Before you throw your toothbrush in the trash, think of creative ideas to reuse your toothbrush. You could reuse your toothbrush for household cleaning (scrubbing those small pesky spots).
Invest in a bamboo toothbrush. The bamboo can be composted and the nylon bristles can be reused for arts and crafts projects. If you want to get crafty, save your bamboo toothbrush and reuse it for plant labels. Write the name of the plant on the bamboo, then stick the bamboo in a plant pot or garden. Labeling your garden with bamboo sticks is also helpful for remembering what you planted as seed starters.
Ditch the mini paper bathroom cups. Use mason jars, a cup from your kitchen cabinet, or clean and reuse your Peacesake candle container for a reusable glass cup.
Low Waste Skin Care
Have you ever used bar soap? One of my favorite skin care brands, Hunny Bunny Boutique, is a black owned boutique selling all natural bar soaps, lotion bars, and beauty items in the DC area. Check them out for a switch to low waste skincare and beauty products.
If you want to reduce your plastic waste, paper deodorant containers do exist! One of my new favorite brands of deodorant is called Native. They provide your underarm lifesavers in plastic free or regular containers.
Think about your needs and wants before buying something that is single use. Please don’t stress on creating someone else’s sustainable lifestyle. Create your own imperfect sustainable bathroom by taking small steps that suits you and makes you smile. Don’t forget to share your sustainable ideas and accomplishments with friends and family!
Live Mindfully. Live Sustainably.
Hunny Bunny Boutique
Lesley Webb — Peacesake’s Sustainability Editor
Lesley is a Virginia Beach native who is passionate about environmental conservation. With a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Lynchburg, her interest bloomed in sustainable living. As a sustainability advocate, she is eager to spread knowledge on reducing waste and lowering your carbon footprint in order to reduce our impact on the environment. Lesley strives to live mindfully with an eco-conscious lifestyle through food, products, health, and education. With this blog, Lesley intends to spread simple sustainably mindful practices.