1.Create water-saving habits and invest in water-saving fixtures
There are loads of ways we waste water that we might not be aware of - these are some simple tips to help us reduce that amount.
- Turn off the tap when you clean your teeth. A running tap uses up to nine litres of water a minute.
- Wait until you have a full load before using your washing machine or your dishwasher.
- If possible, take a shower instead of a bath. A five-minute shower uses about 40 litres of water. This is about half the volume of a standard bath.
- Using a watering can in the garden instead of a sprinkler or a hosepipe. Garden sprinklers and hosepipes left running can use between 500 and 1,000 litres of water an hour.
- Use a bowl in the sink when washing fruit, vegetables of dishes. You can then use the waste water to water your plants.
2. Switch over to plastic-free dental care
Lots of non-recyclable plastic in the bathroom is produced from our dental care routines.
- Swap plastic toothbrushes for bamboo toothbrushes or recyclable electric toothbrush heads
- Toothpaste tubes cannot be recycled, so instead try a plastic-free option like toothpaste tablets with fluoride from EcoLiving or fluoride-free toothpaste from Georganics. Our range of toothpastes come in reusable tins or recyclable glass jars, complete with compostable refill options.
- Switch to biodegradable floss with reusable dispenser – usually made from nylon or treated with petroleum and most of the time packaged in plastic this is such a simple swap
We can take care of our dental hygiene without harming the planet – using natural and effective ingredients.
3. Reduce plastic and chemical pollution in the shower and bath.
You could swap your plastic bottle shampoo & conditioner for plastic-free shampoo and conditioner bars.
Shampoo & Conditioner bars are a wonderful way to avoid plastic and polluting ecosystems with chemicals. This is because shampoo bars like ours, contain natural ingredients, are cruelty-free, SLS and paraben-free too.
They last for longer, meaning you get value for your money as well as a product that allows your hair to retain moisture, natural shine and colouring. It’s a win-win!
Remove your plastic body soap and sub in a plastic-free alternative.
We’ve been using soap bars for years (with very good reason!). They cost-effective, do a great job and last for a long-time. By swapping from bottled soap, you reduce the waste of the soap and save on money.
You can either make your own or purchase some gorgeous, scented soaps here at EcoVibe. As an added bonus, the packaging of bar soap is usually paper or cardboard, both which are easily recyclable.
4. Introduce reusable products into your cleansing routine.
Reduce cotton and plastic from your makeup routine and swap to Reusable Makeup Remover Pads.
It might be quick and convenient, but disposable wipes are packaged in single use plastic, made from synthetic plastic fibres and are very drying on the skin.
By switching to reusable pads, you can gently remove makeup without stripping your skin of its essential oils. They’re so easy to machine wash with the mesh bag included too, just add them to your next load of laundry.
By eliminating wipes, you can play a huge role in reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill each year. Sadly these wipes also find their way into our waterways and suffocate aquatic life too.
5. Reduce chemical pollution from cleaning your toilet
Try cleaning your toilet with non-toxic ingredients.
It’s no surprise to anybody that bleach is packed with toxic chemicals that are not only harmful to humans, but to our waterways and wildlife. We’ve got some simple eco friendly swaps to help you clean your toilet. Our toilet bombs made with natural, vegan ingredients make freshening your loo so easy.
Or if you're looking for something a bit tougher, we've got our eco-toilet cleaner. For a more powerful cleaning experience, you can also generate 94% less carbon than a traditional bottled toilet cleaner. Amazing, right?!
It's important to use what we already have before making swaps to make sure we're not wasting bathroom products. These small steps can take time, which is perfectly okay!
We'd love to hear how you get on - just leave us a comment in the box below.