These tips for a zero waste bathroom can help you do your bit for the planet, while you enjoy a soak in the bath, or a refreshing shower. Not just vegan, but it’s important to choose biodegradable toiletries too, to enjoy they don’t cause algae bloom, when washed down drains. Many cleansers are covered in chemicals, irritate skin (so people then buy more products to remedy). Just use a natural organic cleanser, and a flannel. Much simpler! Also see a tub soak with zero waste bath salts.
Leave No Trace Organic Cotton Flannel is good to the planet as well as your face. Organic cotton requires no pesticides, so items made with it tend to last longer too, as the fibres have not been damaged by chemicals. This locally-ethically-made flannel is sent without packaging, and has a hanging loop for faster drying. It features a super-soft brushed cotton side, and a buffing side, to replace commercial exfoliators.
Switch to an Old-Fashioned Flannel
Tabitha Eve Muslin Cloth is a washable square bamboo muslin cloth, made with organic cotton, perfect as a facecloth or for babies. Can be laundered on cool, line dry. Sold in 3 sizes.
These organic cotton facial wipes are designed as an alternative to disposable plastic wipes, which are one of the main causes of blocked drains, and can even cause garden flooding. Use them to remove cleanser or make-up, or for any other bathroom needs. After use, just throw them in the laundry, and use them again.
Made responsibly in India, and sold in zero waste packaging, each wipe can replace disposable cotton wool and is also perfect for baby changing. Each wipe has a grey meadow print on one side, and a soft organic jersey on the other, which is perfect for cleansing or baby changing. At end of use, these pads biodegrade in around 6 months in the compost bin (use with mild biodegradable detergent like Bio-D so no chemicals go in the compost).
Scottish company Seilich has just become the world’s first cosmetics company to be awarded the certified wildlife-friendly award. This is because it grows Scottish wildflowers to help pollinators, which form the base of its products, and only harvests at the optimum time, to avoid disturbing wildlife. It also quite uniquely does not use essential oils, preferring to use all parts of the plants instead. It also makes these lovely face cloths made locally from recycled materials. These are made from leftover textile yarn, then crocheted to gently exfoliate. Includes a hanging loop.
Organic Bamboo Flannel is made locally from organically grown bamboo and linen. Beautifully soft, launder on cool and line dry.
Switch to Eco-Friendly Bathroom Tissue
Did you know that most virgin toilet paper comes from the Boreal forest, which is home to many native wildlife and endangered species? Here are some alternatives, which are made from recycled paper or bamboo, and also wrapped in plastic-free packaging.
- Bumboo is a luxury bamboo toilet tissue brand. Sold in plastic-free packaging, this has 300 sheets (compared to 180 to 200 sheets) and is hand-wrapped to protect against dust.
- Ecoleaf recycled toilet paper is made from recycled paper in rolls of 9, and is fully compostable. With 240 sheets per roll, it’s made in the UK in paper packaging.
- Who Gives a Crap? offers quality bamboo or recycled paper toilet tissue in fun packaging. 50% of profits go to help build toilets in developing countries.
- Eco toilet paper is made from recycled paper and with no plastic packaging. Septic-safe, the paper is made ink-free and sold in a choice of 18 or 45 rolls.
- Tabitha Eve Personal Wipes are made from silky soft bamboo. Made in the UK, they replace single-use toilet paper and are kinder to skin. One roll contains 10 wipes. Just launder with normal load, and replace regularly. Cardboard inner not included.
Zero Waste Bathroom Gifts
These zero waste bathroom gift sets make ideal gifts for the environmentalist and vegan in your life. The Zero Waste Bathroom Gift Set includes a bamboo toothbrush with bio-based bristles, 1 shampoo bar and travel tin, a natural loofah on cotton string (air-dry), 200 bamboo cotton buds in a recycled card box and a natural deodorant in a cardboard push-up tube (choose from 5 scents).
Battle Green Zero Waste Bathroom Box includes a bamboo toothbrush with bio-based bristles, 8 bamboo cotton reusable make-up pads in an organic cotton wash bag, 1 palm-oil-free shampoo bar (3 scents), a reusable shampoo bar travel tin and 200 bamboo cotton puds in a recycled card box.
Battle Green Plastic-Free Hair Care Set includes 1 citrus conditioner bar (lemongrass and lime essential oils), a natural shampoo bar (choose from 3 scents, no palm oil) and 2 reusable travel tins, along with a wooden comb. Designed and assembled in Wales, in zero waste packaging with optional organic cotton gift wrap and message.
Leave No Trace Bath & Beauty Gift Set is the ideal gift for the eco-conscious lady in your life, even if it’s only you! Packaged in cardboard and FSC wood wool (that’s slivered of wood, no wool) and twine wrap. You can include a hand written note, if wished. Do not gift items with essential oils for pregnancy/nursing, avoid shea butter for latex allergies. The gift set includes:
- An organic cotton flannel (with a brushed soft and alternative exfoliating side)
- A plastic-free shower pouf (keep this dry to avoid mould, includes a hanging loop)
- Hemp make-up pads (to replace cotton wool)
- 100 bamboo cotton buds (for removing make-up)
The Deluxe Bath & Beauty Gift Set includes all the above and:
- Soap Daze soap bar (plant-based and free from palm oil). Choose from Oatmylk unscented (for sensitive skin, allergies, pregnancy or breastfeeding), new rose, cedarwood/grapefruit, frankincense or bergamot neroli
- 1 Katie Bentley ceramic soap dish
- 1 Golden Hour Co travel candle (10 to 15 hours burn time) in 4 scents. Don’t burn essential oils near pets (air rooms after using). Read candle safety tips.
Zero Waste Toilets!
Propelair Toilet uses just 1.5 litres of water per flush. this compares to 9 litres for the average flush. Made in the UK, it has a two-section cister for air and water, and the lid is closed before flushing, to form a seal. The flush completes in 3 seconds, and the toilet is ready to be reflushed in 20 to 30 seconds, subject to water supply pressure. Most toilets depend on water to flush waste to the drain.
Step onto a Zero Waste Bath Mat
This cork & rubber bath mat is made from natural cork and recycled rubber. Flexible and waterproof, this bath mat is naturally anti-bacterial, and the circular design is ideal for easy drainage, with a large die cut hole for hanging. Leave to dry in a vertical position to avoid tannin staining, and on porous floors like marble or natural stone. Cork is stripped from Mediterranean trees, and no trees are cut down to make it.
Gibie makes towels that are dyed with Ayurvedic herbs. Choose from luxury bath towels or sets of towels. Made from bamboo and cotton, these towels are beautiful and unique, with super softness and quick-drying features. The bath set contains 2 each of bath, hand and face towels. In 4 herbal colours: rust cream, sun white, hazel brown or burnt grey.
Luks Linen works with master weavers and family artisans in Turkey to produce ethically made contempoary pieces for indoor and outdoor living, from natural fibre textiles to peshtemal and throws. Based in Sussex, this company uses locally sourced and mostly organic yarns, with eco dyes in zero waste packaging, with a 20 year guarantee for each item sold. This Ferah organic cotton blanket in classic herringbone is large enough to dress a king-size bed, or drape across a large sofa. The flat cotton weave makes it very comfortable, and a lovely alternative to wool. Machine-washable and finished with a simple knotted fringe.
This set of two canvas buckets is a lovely handmade eco-friendly way to accessories your home. Perfect for general storage around the house or houseplants, these are plastic-free.At end of life, just pop them in the bin, where they will naturally biodegrade. Sent in zero waste packaging. Tabitha Eve (South Wales) is a lovely little company offering beautiful and sustainable alternatives to everyday items. The founder provides flexible employment to a small team of fab creators. The mission is to offer eco alternatives to single-use household items, that would otherwise be made from plastic. Debbie’s favourite quote is ‘If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a room with a mosquito!’