Use these hacks to make your bathroom more sustainable — and stylish

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If you’re interested in making your personal hygiene routines more sustainable, look no further! Host Melanie Sutrathada (@melaniesutra) is sitting down with sustainability blogger Kathryn Kellogg (@going.zero.waste) to find out how you can make your bathroom more sustainable without sacrificing style. Kathryn shares some of her favorite products and strategies that will help you transform your bathroom into a sustainable and stylish oasis!

Kathryn recently published a book called 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste, which guides readers on their sustainability journey. But before she was a published author, Kathryn was a passionate sustainability blogger and was known for her blog, Going Zero Waste

When it comes to sustainability, Kathryn says, less is more. “I think one of the biggest things is just [buying] less,” she explains. “One of the major ways that I could reduce waste was by creating a makeup and skincare capsule, which are products I know, I love, and I use. And then I’m not allowed to buy new mascara until I actually finish my old mascara.”

Beyond buying fewer products, Kathryn suggests that starting with your toilet is a great way to create a more sustainable bathroom. She recommends purchasing a bidet or switching to sustainable toilet paper. “I would say switching to a bidet is actually my favorite zero waste swap I have ever made,” she says. She also recommends recycled toilet paper or tree-free alternatives like bamboo. 

Next, seek out sustainable alternatives to your everyday health, beauty, and hygiene products. Swap your plastic toothbrush for a Reach Clean World Bamboo Soft Toothbrush, made of 100% sustainably sourced natural bamboo, or trade your disposable razor for one you can use over and over again!

Then, she lists a few more products you might consider swapping out. She recommends trading your plastic container of body wash for a bar of soap, along with choosing to use a menstrual cup and other sustainably-sourced period products. 

When it comes to living a more sustainable life, your bathroom is a great place to start! But if you’re intrigued by sustainability, you don’t have to stop there. Kathryn wants to encourage people to use the power of their voices to make the changes they want to see in the world. “Don’t underestimate the power of your voice, whether that’s through voting, whether that’s through asking businesses to change,” she says. “If there’s a product you really like and you’d like to see a refill option available, ask for that and make sure you’re letting people know what you want to see change.”

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