My (Almost) Zero Waste Bathroom

My (Almost) Zero Waste Bathroom | the beauty in simpleI have a trash can in my bathroom, but it’s not immediately apparent. An antique crock serves the purpose and on most days you’ll only find strands of used dental floss laying naked at the bottom. If you’re curious how I generate so little trash, I’d love to take you on a tour of my (almost) zero waste bathroom.

There are alternatives to that pesky floss, like a gum stimulator, but for now it’s the best option I’ve found for the job. The rest of my dental care is pretty much trash-free. I use a compostable bamboo toothbrush, a stainless steel tongue scraper, and homemade tooth powder.Package-free Soap | the beauty in simpleI wash with package-free soap and moisturize with my own homemade lotion. Most of the lotion ingredients I buy in bulk, filling my own containers. I pour the finished product into repurposed glass jars. When sunscreen is needed, I use Butterbean Organics sport stick that comes in a recyclable cardboard tube.

Stainless Steel Safety Razor | the beauty in simple

I shave with a stainless steel safety razor and lather with soap.

100% Recycled Toilet Paper | the beauty in simple

I purchase 100% recycled toilet paper that comes without any plastic packaging. In lieu of disposable sanitary products I use a Diva Cup.

Zero Waste Shampoo and Conditioner | the beauty in simpleFinding a zero waste solution to shampoo and conditioner hasn’t been easy. I’ve tried the no poo method and shampoo bars, but both left my hair feeling cruddy. Just recently I solved the problem by filling my own containers with shampoo and conditioner at Denver’s Zero Market. I don’t color my hair or use styling products, which avoids additional waste.

Mineral Salt Deodorant Stone | the beauty in simple

My deodorant is a mineral salt stone that I bought on a trip to France seven years ago. It works like a charm. With proper care it should last me another seven or more years.

I keep my makeup simple. I use two RMS Beauty products – the Luminizer and Lip2Cheek. The products come minimally packaged in recyclable containers. They’re expensive but last forever. I’m still in search for a zero waste mascara that doesn’t leave black circles under my eyes. Any ideas?

Hair Brush and Comb | the beauty in simpleI think part of embracing a zero waste lifestyle is following a  ‘buy me once‘ shopping philosophy. My combhairbrush, nail clippers, and tweezers all came with a bigger than average price tag, but are high quality products that will last a longtime, if not a lifetime.

If you have questions about my (almost) zero waste bathroom, or ideas and solutions of your own, I’d love to hear them.


23 thoughts on “My (Almost) Zero Waste Bathroom

  1. I have all kinds of questions/comments. Doesn’t using soap to shave with dry out your legs? And how do you not cut yourself with the safety razor? Also, the package free soaps I’ve tried have all left a terrible film in the sink. I’m concerned about what they would do to my plumbing pipes. What is your recipe for homemade moisturizer? And I wish our small city had a place for filling up shampoo and conditioner as no poo and shampoo bars haven’t worked for me, either.

    1. Great questions! I don’t have problems with soap drying out my legs, but I’ve also had succes rubbing a thin layer of oil (bought in bulk) on my legs as a shaving lubricant. It gunks up the razor, requiring more rinses, but it does the job. I also haven’t had issues with soap residue left in the sink. If you can’t find a package-free soap you like, you might try Dr. Bonner’s bar soap that is readily available in natural food stores. The bars come wrapped in recyclable paper. It’s what I used before making the switch and I really love the product. Using a safety razor does require practice and care. The only trick is shaving boney parts like shins and ankle bones. I’ve been using mine for several years and hardly ever cut myself anymore. I plan on sharing my lotion recipe. It’s the best stuff! I’m working at simplifying the ingredient list and process. The original recipe calls for four types of oil – I’m not convinced that’s necessary! As for the shampoo and conditioner, I’d recommend submitting a written request for bulk hair products to your local natural food store. Many of my requests go unanswered but then there’s always the one that causes change. Thanks for your thoughtful questions! Good luck! xo

      1. Dr. Bronner’s is my favorite. It’s all I use now. That and then coconut oil for moisturizer. Having kids forced me to simplify my cleaning routine and I am glad it did. Less to pack when traveling!

  2. These photographs are so beautiful – beyond the simplicity/environmental reasons, the fact that zero waste can be so gorgeous is another compelling reason to make the switch. So much calmer and cleaner – I love the way your bathroom (and mine!) look without so many packaged products.

    1. The simplicity and elimination of clutter is one of my favorite things about a zero waste lifestyle. It is quite beautiful and calming. Thank you! xo

  3. Such a beautiful tour! And agreed – a zero waste mascara that does the job is not easy to find. Natural makeup seems like one of the hardest things to switch over to but I’m always on the lookout. Will keep you posted. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Sally! Agreed on the natural makeup – it’s tough to find good products. It’s actually helped me become very comfortable in my own skin. Keep me posted if you find a solution on the mascara. 🙂

  4. I am a conflicted consumer. I love a deal and I love new things. However, I love the planet and I want a simpler life. I found your blog via the New American Dream email and I feel inspired by his lovely post! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Kara! Our culture doesn’t exactly support a simple, non-consumer life, so you’re not alone in your struggles. I’m so glad you stopped by and I hope you’ll come back for more ideas! Thanks!

    1. Hi Rebekah! Thank you for stopping by! I hope you found some good ideas. I know my zero waste habits are constantly evolving. It takes dedication, but the results are beautiful. Good luck in your journey!

  5. Hi! I’m curious about your mineral salt stone that you use for deodorant. Do you know what minerals it’s made from? Have you seen anything for sale like it in the US or know of alternatives? I tried using a baking soda mixture, but it was just too harsh for my sensitive skin :/

    1. You can find mineral salt deodorant at natural food stores. Unfortunately I’ve only seen it sold in the US packaged in plastic. Apparently some crystal deodorants have synthetic ingredients. You want one made from potassium alum, which can be detected because it’s odor-free and translucent. I hope it works for you!

    1. Thanks for sharing the link to the Zero Waste Club! Those are the products I like and the type of company I like to support. Thanks for visiting this space!

    1. Thanks for the suggestion! I’ve tried another brand of cake mascara without success, but this one is new to me. I sure do love its biodegradable packaging!

  6. Hello! I’m also moving towards zero waste. For waste-free mascara, I get my lashes tinted at an organic spa. It’s around $30/month which is pricy, but it also saves time in the mornings! And you never have to worry about smudges or clumps.

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