Give sustainability a place
Whose function is often underestimated, sometimes even stepmothered, even though we spend time there regularly? That of the bathroom. The bathroom is the room that most people enter first thing in the morning and where we find our way back to reality very early in the morning. So the bathroom should be a place of well-being; a healthy environment that does not harm us.
The last article showed how urgent it is to take action together and to insert plastic detox to achieve a successful effect.
OK - so far, so lasting. But where is the best place to start? And isn't that rather costly? Right, it takes a little effort. And getting everything you need at the supermarket around the corner is super practical.
Ultimately, what matters is good will and commitment to consciously control consumption and live more sustainably. It is not difficult. Where there is a will, there is also a path that can be further developed; to avoid plastics and concentrate on reusable articles. If we use more products whose resources are renewable, we give our natural environment time to regenerate and grow back. It rebuilds itself so that we can continue to be supplied by it in the future; a green-win situation, so to speak.
As with other changes or goals we strive for, it is important not to want everything at once. Make a small start and work your way forward. After all, our consumer behaviour is a matter of habit and habits are so important that they cannot be changed so quickly.
You have already taken the first step by dealing with the topic. Think about what you can do - something that is feasible for you. What fits into your life? What little things could you change in your everyday life? Perhaps you will find something for your waste-free path in our suggestions.
Anyone who makes sustainability their (morning) routine will find many suitable alternatives to the usual bathroom products. And the great thing about it is that there are now many possibilities.
Because bamboo is a great raw material, it is not surprising that this material is also an optimal counter solution for bathroom products. With bamboo, wood and co., you're looking for products that you can get rid of with a good feeling - if they can't even be used permanently. Not to mention that wood always looks good in the bathroom.
Because bamboo is a great raw material, it is not surprising that this material is also an optimal counter solution for bathroom products. With bamboo, wood and co., you are choosing products that you can get rid of with a good feeling - if they cannot even be used permanently. Quite apart from that, wood always looks good in the bathroom.
Sustainable through everyday life
Many of the common everyday objects can be replaced by more environmentally friendly variants. When cleaning your teeth, you can use bamboo toothbrushes, whose bristles are also made of bamboo (viscous). Toothpaste is available in recyclable tubes, as vegan and plastic-free versions of the usual. There are also toothbrush tablets, but they may not be for everyone. Floss naturally with corn silk and candelilla wax. The floss comes in a pretty glass bottle and is also a decoration with a practical use.
No hairy matter are brushes made of bamboo or wood. Such environmentally friendly equivalents are also available for nail brushes, combs and toilet brushes.
The washable make-up removal pads are very suitable for skin and body care. And you can also get cotton buds made of bamboo or paper, which makes them 100% biodegradable. With peeling gloves made of loofah or sisal you will get a beautiful complexion without having to massage microplastic in the form of a peeling into your skin.
Care products are often flawed in two ways. On the one hand by the packaging, on the other hand by the contents. As a layman buys rather gullibly and ignorantly, sometimes an interpreter is needed to understand all the details of the ingredients. In short, it can be said that the beginning of words with "Poly..." is a sure indication of plastic. Usually they are abbreviated like: PE, PP, PPG, PET, PUR, PAK, PA or they are in the name "Acrylates" - just to name a few.
Just a glance at the amount of ingredients makes the differences obvious even without an interpreter:
These are the ingredients of a well-known shower gel manufacturer:
Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Perfume, Glyceryl Glucosides, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Sodium Chloride, Polyquaternium-7, Citric Acid, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Styrene/ Acrylates, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, Sodium Benzoate, Linalool, Limonene, Citronellol, Coumarin, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Alcohol
And these are the ingredients of an organic shower soap:
saponified olive oil, saponified coconut oil, saponified shea butter, water, saponified aloe vera butter, essential oil of lemongrass, essential oil of eucalyptus, poppy, citral, eugenol, linalool, geraniol, limonene citronellol
It gets even better with this Aleppo soap:
Sodium Olivate (saponified olive oil), vegetable. Glycerin (pure vegetable glycerin*), Aqua (water)
Sometimes less is more. Shower soaps are the first choice for care when showering, usually wrapped in small bags made of soft cotton or sisal. The latter also have a peeling effect. And deodorants also have natural counterparts. Deo creams or solid deodorants are much more successful due to their ingredients. Many of them contain zinc oxide, which has an antibacterial effect by nature. In addition, they contain many other natural substances and do not contain aluminium, nanoparticles or alcohol. They produce less waste and are incredibly economical. Another small step in the right direction is to switch from soap dispensers to refill packs. This small change alone reduces waste consumption by a large amount. Or you can try out a natural soap in a pretty bowl and have something for the eye again right away.
Towels, bathrobes and bath mats are simply important for a fluffy feeling of well-being. Fabrics that are in direct contact with the skin should be chosen with care. Seals of quality and certifications will help you here. Seals such as Global Organic Textile Standard, Öko Tex Standard or Cotton Made in Africa guarantee a product that does not contain any harmful chemicals and that was manufactured under sustainable and fair conditions.
Set on stone, wood and glass when furnishing. Shelves or cupboards made of (FSC-certified) wood give the bathroom a warm atmosphere. Baskets made of eelgrass can store a lot and the natural, calming look gives a real wellness feeling. Natural materials simply give you a clear conscience and feeling. However, the nature of the utensils should also correspond to their intended use. For example, a soap dish made of earthenware is more suitable than one made of wood.
A weak point in the sustainable alternatives are shower curtains. There are hardly any other sensible options; however, you can give priority to low-pollutant, PVC-free variants here.
Last but not least, there is one thing that should not be missing in the family bathroom: toys. Bath toys made of natural rubber are a good alternative and do not emit any harmful substances. Let's look at it realistically: But we can't do without packaging completely. At least in most cases. Upcycling" is the magic word here. Some packaging or jars can be reused as storage containers or jewellery boxes, or perhaps as gift wrappings.
Saving water, electricity and a clean thing
Saving water is always advisable - this is especially true for hot water, due to the energy consumption. Maybe you can reduce your hot water consumption? Lower energy consumption is not only good for the piggy bank, but also for CO2 emissions. A few small changes in behaviour have a big effect here too: take a shower instead of a bath, turn off the water when showering (or at least turn it down) and don't let it run when brushing your teeth or shaving.
Let's take advantage of technological progress to save water. Water taps and shower heads with water saving function reduce water and energy by means of a jet regulator without being noticed. Taps with sensors also save water. They only let the water run when your hands are under the tap.
And what about the light? LED lamps also save energy. A small comparison shows this clearly: To produce the light of a 60-watt bulb, a halogen lamp needs 40 watts, an energy-saving lamp can manage with 20 watts and an LED lamp needs a whole eight watts. In return, the latter has a lighting duration of 50,000 hours.
At the end of the day, the floor is quickly cleaned again with ecological detergents and cleaning agents. Chemicals and tensides are not necessary to keep everything clean. A look at granny's household knitting repertoire brings us back to the original. Household products such as citric acid, vinegar or baking soda save money and plastic waste, are good for health and the environment and replace a lot of cleaning agents. Because it is absolutely not necessary to bring up the whole battery of chemical clubs from the supermarket in order to be equipped for every dirty case.
The best comes last: take action now! All these suggestions show that there are many ways to take the first steps. So: Where is the best place to start again? Well, here - with one or two tips from our collection. Because it's feasible - and simply feels good.