One good place to start your zero waste practice is to minimise waste in the bathroom. You wouldn’t believe how much garbage a small room can produce! Here are some easy zero waste gift ideas for your friends and family who are starting their journey to a more plastic-free lifestyle.
Imagine all those plastic toothbrushes you’ve been using all your life which just ends up in landfills. Switch to a bamboo toothbrush instead, which you can toss into your compost after use. Stock up on these biodegradable toothbrushes from Weekend Kids.
Make your own toothpaste or toothpowder instead of purchasing from commercial brands. Not only does it save you money but more importantly, you save the environment by ditching plastic tubes.
Homemade tooth paste is really an easy and quick process. Here’s a recipe you can follow below which you can place in a small jar and give out as presents.
Remineralizing Tooth Powder Recipe
4 tbsp bentonite clay
Dental floss normally comes in a non-recyclable plastic case and the floss itself is made of nylon. Silk dental floss in glass containers are perfect zero waste alternatives. Once you’ve run out You can refill the container with new silk floss. The Bamboo Company is also a great source for these eco-friendly flosses.
Replace those disposable razors with stainless steel ones that lasts. We recommend the ones from The Bamboo Company which comes with a bamboo handle and works well for all skin types.
Instead of cotton which is packaged in plastic, opt for a reusable one. We are loving cotton rounds made by Green Cotton Rounds. They’re beautifully crocheted and even mildly exfoliates the skin. Use it with your toner or makeup remover. All you need is soap and water to clean the rounds, and it’s good for use again.
Shampoo, Conditioner, Lotion
With a plethora of shampoo, conditioner and lotion bars in the market nowadays, there’s really no need to buy those that come in plastic bottles. Soaperstar, Rinse and Repeat and Pure Essentials are some brands where you can snag bar versions. You can also purchase shampoo, conditioner and lotion from refillable stations like
Deodorant is another essential which you can easily make at home using a few ingredients. Here’s a recipe for diy deodorant.
Loofah and Scrubs
Loofahs are breeding grounds for bacteria so it is recommended to dispose them after 2-3 months. If you have been using plastic loofahs, you know where those end up by now. Try a body scrub brush or loofah made from natural materials and plant – fibers.
Menstrual Cups and Pads
Napkins and tampons are made from toxic materials such as bleach that harm both your body and even the environment. Many are raving about Menstrual cups as they are comfortable and fuss-free compared to napkins and can be used all throughout your menstrual cycle. Sinya Cup is a sustainable brand that offers menstrual cups and accessories to go with it. Another alternative are reusable menstrual pads made from fabric.
You can even bundle up a few of these items to create zero waste bath gift set! The good news is, you can find all these brands at the Simple: Zero Waste Holiday Pop Up Market on December 15 (10am-10pm) until December 16 (10am-12mn) at Sky Park 5F, SM Aura, BGC. Find ways to shop, gift, create and feast more sustainbly this Christmas season! Don’t forget to take your reusable bags and jars for a weekend of eco shopping!