Your Zero Waste Morning Routine Is Closer Than You Think
Simple swaps you can make today to reduce waste in your everyday routine.
Take a look at your bathroom shelf, and maybe take a peek inside the shower while you’re at it.
What did you see?
Unless you’ve made a conscious effort to reduce your waste footprint, you probably saw a lot of bulky plastic packaging surrounding all of your favorite personal care products. The bathroom is one area where packaging can really pile up without being noticed.
Shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, makeup, hair styling products, perfume, and even your toothbrush are all sources of unnecessary plastic packaging that will eventually end up in a landfill- or worse, our oceans.
A lot of these things may seem like a necessary evil. After all, what are you going to do, not brush your teeth? Fortunately for you (and everyone around you) there are less drastic options to reduce waste in your morning routine.
These days, there’s a zero waste alternative for almost every product in your morning routine. Switching to more sustainable products has never been simpler, so let’s get started!
Swap liquid body wash for solid soaps
This is a simple switch that most people know about, but few actually follow through with. Liquid body wash has replaced bar soap in most households, but that’s only a recent phenomenon.
The rise in popularity of liquid soaps and shower gels may be due to the idea that bar soap collects more germs than its bottled counterpart. Thankfully, a recent study concluded that both types of soap are equally hygienic.
Personally, I find that bar soap adds an element of luxury to my daily routine. You definitely get a different feeling reaching for a lovely, fragrant bar of beautifully made soap than you do squirting goop onto a plastic bath pouf, then suddenly finding yourself wondering how many germs THAT thing has been collecting, and when was the last time you replaced it, anyway?
If you choose a soap that comes in recyclable or biodegradable packaging, like this 4-Pack Assorted Bar Soap Set from Hand in Hand, you can reduce your waste footprint while elevating your morning routine. Oh, and you won’t need that germy old bath pouf anymore.
Banish bulky bottles with shampoo and conditioner bars
Swapping your liquid bath products with solid ones not only speeds up your trip through airport security, it’s also an easy way to reduce the amount of waste generated by your morning routine quickly and drastically. We’ve seen how effective this trick is with body wash, but did you know you can do the same with your shampoo and conditioner?
Yup! Solid hair care products are a thing, and a bunch of brands are popping up to satisfy the increasing demand for them. What was once limited to travelers and hardcore hikers wanting to save weight is now going mainstream, which is great news for the earth.
To join in on this new trend, try out a solid option like this Citrus Sunshine Bar from REDBUDSUDS once your current bottle is empty. You may never go back!
Pick perfume that’s beautifully and sustainably packaged
There’s been a divide in the perfume industry for a long time now. Mainstream brands are known for their over the top packaging and intricate bottles, while natural options are mostly found in frumpy rollerball applicators. Pour le Monde Parfums changed all that when they started making 100% natural perfumes in beautiful and sustainable packaging.
Pour le Monde has earned the NPA natural seal, which means, among other great things, that the majority of its packaging is biodegradable or recyclable, making it a great choice for those of us trying to reduce the amount of waste we produce.
Pour le Monde has three stunning scents in their lineup right now, with more being developed as we speak!
Trade in your toothbrush for a closed-loop version
As for your teeth, you should definitely keep brushing them! The recycled plastic toothbrushes from Preserve offer a great option for reducing your impact on the earth without sacrificing your oral hygiene. Not only are they made from post consumer plastic, they can also be sent back to Preserve via the Toothbrush Takeback program. If you mail back 6 Preserve toothbrushes, you’ll be sent a $6 coupon for a future purchase, and your brushes will be recycled into other products like razors, bags, tableware, and even more toothbrushes!
A zero waste morning routine is totally achievable!
These simple swaps will get you started on the path to a zero waste morning routine, but don’t feel like you have to change everything all at once. Make it a habit to find a sustainable replacement each time one of your packaged products runs out, and you’ll be there in no time.
A freelance writer working with bighearted businesses who want to better our world.