Even though bathrooms are small rooms they still make rubbish - from the toilet rolls to the cleaning products. Here are helpful hints to reduce, reuse, recycle and dispose of the rubbish found in your bathroom.
- Consider purchasing a quality long-life razor or shaver and reduce the need for disposable razors.
- Buy cosmetics in recyclable packaging i.e. glass, plastic, cardboard.
- Tissues and cotton balls can be composted or fed into your worm farm.
- Nail polish remover is a hazardous chemical. Check the label and buy "acetone free" products (you may have to rub harder to get the nail polish off but it is better for the environment).
- Instead of buying tubes of toothpaste, you can make your own or buy toothsoap that comes in a recyclable glass jar.
- Old toothbrushes can be used for cleaning/scrubbing in small spaces i.e. dirt trapped in the sole of your shoe.
- Aerosol deodorant cans are recyclable.
- Toilet rolls are recyclable and compostable. They are also good for art and craft projects.
- Purchase refills for your liquid soap.
- Make your own soap.
- Some household cleaning products are toxic. There are a number of non-toxic, biodegradable and environmentally friendly products available at your local supermarket. Check the label and look for biodegradable and recyclable symbols.
- Make your own cleaning products.
- Recycle the plastic cleaning product bottle.
- Purchase concentrates and refillable versions.
- Where possible change to mercury free CFL's (Compact Fluorescent Light) bulbs.
- If you are retrofitting or building a new house ask your building about where to best place the windows or skylights to take advantage of the natural lighting.
- Take advantage of natural lighting by opening curtains and blinds.
- CFL light bulbs can be recycled.
- Incandescent light bulbs cannot be recycled. The best way to dispose of these bulbls is to carefully wrap them in newspaper and place in your rubbish bin.