I 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.I 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.
I shave with a stainless steel safety razor and lather with soap.
Finding 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.
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?
I think part of embracing a zero waste lifestyle is following a ‘buy me once‘ shopping philosophy. My comb, hairbrush, 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.