Bathroom Sustainability Issues That Are Often Overlooked

25 May 2021

Living an eco-friendly lifestyle is tricky because there are so many hidden sustainability issues that we are unaware of. There are a lot of things around the home that you would never consider, but they are damaging to the environment. It’s easy to spot the obvious ones, like plastic packaging or excessive water usage, but there are plenty of hidden ones as well.

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Many of those hidden sustainability issues are found in the bathroom, so if you want to make your home more eco-friendly, it’s a good place to start. These are the things you should look out for.

Skin Care Products

This is one that you are perhaps already aware of. A lot of skincare products come in plastic packaging, so you need to tackle that first. The good news is, as sustainability becomes an increasing concern for people, there are new plastic-free products entering the market all the time. You may be able to get refills instead of buying a plastic container each time, and many products are packaged in recyclable or biodegradable materials.

However, it’s not just the packaging that you need to be aware of, it’s the ingredients in the products and that’s the thing that people often miss. Many bathroom products are made with harsh ingredients that can cause damage to the environment. That’s a big problem considering you wash it all down the sink and it ends up in the water supply. There are some great eco-friendly alternatives but you could even think about making your own soaps and skincare products if you want to live more sustainably.

Towels And Bathrobes

People tend to forget that many modern fabrics contain plastics. If you want to create a sustainable bathroom, you should check whether your towels and bathrobes are made with polyester or not. In the future, you need to look for more sustainable options. 

You can get 100% cotton bathrobes from Richard Haworth, for example. Cotton towels are also quite easy to get hold of too. Just double-check the labels because a lot of items that are labelled as cotton are actually a blend of polyester and cotton, which is not sustainable.


Bamboo toothbrushes have become very popular as a non-plastic alternative, which is great, but what about toothpaste? Most people are still using standard toothpaste, which comes in a plastic tube. The good news is, there are some great alternatives out there. There are some good options for toothpaste capsules made with plastic-free packaging, and you can also get powders. They work just as well as normal toothpaste and you don’t have to worry about the plastic tube.

Period Products

Sanitary towels and tampons are the most common period products, but they both contain a lot of plastic. Many people have started using reusable menstrual cups instead to reduce their plastic waste. But if you don’t like that option, there are a lot of alternatives, like plastic-free pads and tampons, as well as reusable applicators.

These sustainability issues in the bathroom are often overlooked, but the good news is, with a few simple changes, you can make your bathroom more eco-friendly.

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