In these days of confinement at home, we can take the opportunity to rethink our consumption habits and make our lives more sustainable.
This unexpected situation that affects almost the entire planet, can be an opportunity to transform our home and make it more sustainable: healthier for us and for us, and for the planet. We can do it with others, and involving the people around us, preparing our home for the future, when we leave it.
Tips to reduce the use of plastics in the bathroom
On average, around 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the oceans every year, this is equivalent to emptying a garbage truck full of plastics every minute.
If we cannot reverse these figures, by 2025 our oceans will have 1 ton of plastic for every 3 of fish, and in 2050 there will be more plastics than fish.
Here are some tips for everyone who can help reduce plastics at home:
- Move on to hand and shower bar soaps. There are also solid bars of shampoo and hair conditioner or you can make them with natural ingredients.
- You can buy the shampoo in bulk at your salon.
- You will need a soap dish for your solid bar soaps. Choose to be glass, stainless steel, or coconut.
- For liquid soaps, you must take into account the container, look for shops that sell the product in bulk or brands that have lighter refills.
- Avoid sponges made with plastics, look for natural materials such as loofah, combinations of cotton and bamboo, etc.
- Bamboo or paper cotton buds. If there is still plastic residue after use, throw it away.
- Look for the colony in bulk.
- Plastic-free deodorants, with 100% natural ingredients.
- Use washable, cloth feminine towels or the menstrual cup.
- On stainless steel razors, the blades can be changed. So we avoid generating a new waste.
- As shaving foam, you can use a bar of soap or sustainable alternatives found in specialized stores.
- Wet wipes can be made from plastic fibers or they can be 100% cellulose. Despite the material, it is advisable to throw them away to avoid any problems such as jams.
- Avoid hygiene and cosmetic products that have plastic beads and plastic containers such as toothpaste.
- To gently cleanse and exfoliate the face, a good option are konjac facial sponges, 100% natural or reusable cotton wipes that also serve as makeup removers and can be washed in the washing machine.
- The lip balm can be found in metal and even in cardboard tubes with 100% natural ingredients.
- Pumice stone for hardness: natural, ecological and economical.
- When it comes to waxes for hair removal, look for 100% natural and gauze. There are also organic cotton flossing techniques for the eyebrows.
- Use toothbrushes made of wood, bamboo, or with replaceable heads.
- There are dental floss options in glass containers with a metal lid and made from natural ingredients: bamboo, beeswax or with different oils.
- Contact lenses are disposed of in the trash.
This article is part of the 2019 edition of the DKV Health and Environment Observatory “Contamination by plastics. One of the greatest environmental challenges of the 21st century.