What, you don’t want to talk about toilet paper, but really I think it is important, so let’s do it. Look give me a couple of minutes.
I know this is a strange conversation, but there is a reason for it. Remember that talk we had about how I was trying to do more for the environment and one of those things was reducing how much plastic I use. Well, the bathroom is one place where I have done that, a lot.
Okay, so we didn’t use plastic toilet paper, but what is one thing you notice when you go to the supermarket and look at the loo paper rows?
Yep, you got it, they are all wrapped in plastic.
This is where Who Give a Crap comes in. They are an Australian company and they produce toilet paper from 100% recycled paper. You can get it delivered to your door and there is no plastic. It does come in a large cardboard box, but you can compost that or recycle. Me, I’m using them for my no dig garden.
The best part is that you can do it as a subscription. So we get 48 rolls of toot paper delivered to us every 8 weeks. You can do it at 12 or 16, whatever you want really. We don’t go through that much in that time, but our daughters like the overflow. If we find we are running out, we can change the date.
So while the pandemic was on and everyone was rushing to buy the dunny paper, we didn’t need to worry.
They donate a lot of the profits to help build toilets around the world. So we are helping them to do that.
Soap, shower gel, shampoo
In the shower trying to keep clean has been a hard one for me. I’m allergic to soap. Trying to find soap and shampoo that won’t make me scratch for days is really hard. I can use shower gels, not all, but some, which was good. Shampoo was almost impossible. Do you know how many shampoos are out there that don’t use soaps in them? I can tell you, not many.
One day I was in the city and saw a little side shop for The Australian Natural Soap Company. I talked to the woman in there and told her the problems I have with soaps. She suggested some soap shampoo and some other soaps for my skin. I was given some samples.
There is no doubt I was sceptical. Do you know how many times I’ve been told that something will be good for my skin and I ended up being allergic to it?
So I tried them. She was right, they were fantastic. I have never had a problem with the sensitive skin range. It is amazing.
The best part
Well, I think it is, you can order it all online. If you pay a couple of dollars more you can get it delivered to you plastic free. I always go for that option. So now I am not finishing up with empty plastic bottles of shower gel and shampoo. The amount of plastic is being reduced in the bathroom.
Using bamboo toothbrushes
When I heard how many used toothbrushes there are every year, I knew I had to change what we do here.
I found a company called Brush with Bamboo. They make toothbrushes out of bamboo. The bristles are plastic and can be recycled, but compared with normal ones, that is a whole lot less plastic.
You can remove the bristles once you are done with it, then you can compost the bamboo or use it for something else. I am using them in the garden to mark where things are.
We have been using them for a few years now and I think they are as good as the plastic ones.
The only real problem is the company is in the US, so when I get them they do come with a rather large carbon footprint. To offset that, or reduce it when I order I make a big order and get lots. Last time I ordered 32, it is taking us a while to get through them.
That seemed to be the best way to get around that. I have tried some made in Australia but didn’t like them as much.
Have you thought about reducing the plastic in the bathroom?
Is this something you have thought about doing? Or have you done it, share with us your thoughts on it?