No Plastic Bathroom - Part 1

No Plastic Bathroom - Part 1

 Mouth

Toothbrush -  Here is the most Earth-friendly toothbrush we've found. There are other bamboo toothbrushes but they come with other plastic parts whether it's in the packaging or a certain part of the bristles...

Toothpaste - The best option is to make your own if you don't want to buy plastic with your toothpaste. You can also purchase them in powder form but I haven't seen any plastic free sold online. Some local stores sell them (usually make their own). There are a lot of different recipes out there. Here are some recipes from Wellness MamaGoing Zero Waste, Mommy Potamus and Nourishing Joy.

Tongue cleaner - The one I use has plastic handles but the main piece is stainless steel. When this one dies (and they do fall apart on you after 8+ years of use) I will be buying a  copper tongue cleaner - They're supposed to be the healthiest. If you don't want copper here are other non-plastic options.

Dental Floss -  Here's one from Living Without Plastic that comes in a metal tin. The one we use at home is called Dental Lace. I use this one because I can buy it at a local store in Boulder but it is also available at Living Without Plastic (great online store but they are slow to ship if you're used to amazon.com speed). EcoDent uses some plastic on the inside but it's less plastic than conventional floss.  

You can also use a water floss, which is made out of plastic but it lasts a long time. I've heard dentists say floss is better than water floss, but water floss is better than no floss at all. So you decide.

Tush

Toilet Paper or Bidet? It's up to you really, whichever you prefer. Less waste with the bidet but I know that sometimes freaks people out. I grew up in Turkey and we had bidets so it's not a crazy idea for me personally. Now you can order bidets online, on Amazon. Here are a few. Here is how it works; You pee or poop, then you turn the water on - it will come out of a small "hose" directly onto your butt. You wash your butt, turn the water off, dry your butt with a small butt towel you keep in the bathroom, flush, wash your hands with soap, and done! 

They make some bidets where the part the water comes out of goes back into hiding when it's not being used so it stays clean. Some have hot water options - You can get fancy if your butt doesn't like cold water. The ones they sell on Amazon, which you can install yourself, have plastic parts, they aren't all metal or ceramic - But if you're short for space (no room for a full size, separate ceramic bidet - which we certainly don't have the room for) and would not like to keep using more plastic or paper that you throw away every month, then some sturdy plastic that will likely last a lifetime might sound like a good idea. 

Toilet Paper - The ONLY toilet paper brand I have been able to find that comes with NO PLASTIC wrap is Seventh Generation 1 or 2 ply T.P. You can order it on Amazon and it comes in a cardboard box with each individual roll wrapped in paper rather than plastic. It's about $75.00 for a box of about 60 rolls, though the price keeps fluctuating between $65-$105, not sure how they justify that. If you don't have space in your home for 60 rolls at once, I suggest meeting some of your neighbors and seeing if they'd like to share an order with you.

Decor

Shower Curtain Rings - If you currently have plastic shower curtain rings, no need to change them. But if you move to a new place and need new shower curtain rings, buy metal

Shower Curtain - You can get some that are cottonhemp or linen instead of plastic. The inner lining doesn't need to be plastic unless you get really excited in the shower and water goes all over the place. I've used cotton and washed it every few weeks so it wouldn't get moldy. I don't get mold resistant curtains because I don't exactly know what chemical it's been treated with and how that chemical reacts with hot water.

Toilet bowl cleaner - That's a lot of plastic, and every time people move they tend to get a new one. There is a German company that makes it out of wood, ceramic and pig hair, which I think is amazing. We own one of these. The company that sells them in the U.S. runs out of them often so be prepared to wait for a few weeks if they're out of stock.

Plunger - The most eco-friendly plunger I could find was one with a wooden handle that doesn't come with it's own plastic case. We have a ceramic plate under the plunger.

 

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