Green your routine
73% of Brits want to be more sustainable in the bathroom. Swot up on how to make planet-friendly beauty swaps
Raise The Bar
Solid formulations of things such as shampoos, soaps and body wash eliminate plastic altogether. They’re less niche than they used to be, with brands like Garnier, L’Occitane and Percy & Reed all launching shampoo bars in recent months. Small and concentrated, these mini bars last a deceptively long time – plus, the spill-free formulas mean they’re ideal for travel (when we can!).
Say No To Single Use
Throwaway culture is terrible for the environment. Switch to reusable cotton pads and muslin cloths or flannels instead of face wipes – but wash after every use. Buy a few and bulk-wash weekly. For times when single-use is preferred (say, nappy wipes), try biodegradable. They have the convenience and hygiene of the throwaways, without harming the planet.
Refill & Reuse
Reduce plastic by opting for glass or aluminium bottles and buy refill pouches over bottles. This can cut plastic consumption by 80%. Supersize refill packs will save cash as well as plastic. Plus, even cheap hand wash will look fancy in a glass bottle! Label them up to avoid confusion, and to give your bathroom an organised, minimalist look. Supermarkets offer refills for cleaning products, too.
Recycle Like A Pro
With the best will in the world, we’ll still be using plastics and single-use products – that’s just life. But using recycled materials and swotting up on recycling rules in your area will really minimise the unnecessary waste – currently only 9% of plastic is getting recycled properly due to not being sorted correctly or contaminated. Always wash out plastics before binning, and remove Sellotape from boxes. Making small changes, like having a separate bin for recycling in the bathroom, will make the process feel more automatic.
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