7 Easy Swaps for an Eco-Friendly Bathroom

By Monica van de Weerd
7 Easy Swaps for an Eco-Friendly Bathroom

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Plastic is everywhere in our daily routine. 

In your simple morning routine, there are 6 different plastic uses:

  1. Plastic shampoo, conditioner, and body wash bottles
  2. Plastic disposable razors
  3. Plastic in the PVC shower curtain and shower matt
  4. Plastic tube for your toothpaste
  5. Plastic toothbrush
  6. Plastic packaging for your skincare 

It's become such a huge part of our daily lives that we don't think about how much plastic we consume.

According to Plastics NZ, each Kiwi consumes about 31 Kg of plastic packaging every single year. In 10 years, 1 Kiwi uses over 310 Kg of lightweight plastic

Predictions are that the 1.5 million tonnes of plastic waste will double in Auckland landfills alone. By 2050, in our beautiful oceans, there will be more plastic than fish. 

It is a scary and overwhelming thought but we have the power to reverse this prediction. 

At Wild Kiwihearts, we know that small choices have profound impacts. When you choose Wild Kiwihearts, you select nourishing natural skincare to heal your body. You’re also choosing eco-friendly, organic skincare to keep the environment clean. 

We, at Wild Kiwihearts, believe that making simple changes empower you to create your best self physically and mentally, and maintain the beauty surrounding you.

You have the power to create a better you and a better world. 

To help you, Wild Kiwihearts has a list of 7 Easy Swaps in your bathroom that are plastic-free, zero-waste, and ultimately will save you money and improve your health. 

Check out the list below for affordable, quality swaps as well as some fun DIY options for an eco-friendly bathroom! 

  • #1 Plastic Shampoo/Conditioner Bottles --> Shampoo/Conditioner Bars 

  • In July alone, Ethique helped save 447,872 plastic bottles from landfills! By switching to shampoo and conditioner bars, you erase plastic waste from your hair care routine. 

    Ethique bars are palm oil-free, cruelty-free, and with every order, a tree is planted! So you’re eliminating plastic waste and helping to clean our air! 

    Every bar is packed full of natural ingredients for all types of hair. If you’re wanting to test the waters, try one of their sample boxes today! 

    Ethique Hair Sampler

  • #2 Plastic Toothpaste Tubes --> Toothpaste Pills

  • Created by an oral health therapist, SOLID Oral Care Toothpaste Tablets clean your teeth and keep your breath fresh with natural ingredients. Made in New Zealand, these tablets are packaged in a refillable glass container. With just a few drops of water, you clean your teeth and save plastic waste! These tablets are zero-waste, vegan, and organic.

    SOLID Oral Care


    For a more affordable option, you can always make your own toothpaste at home! Try this simple, easy recipe below:

    1. Mix 2 Tablespoons of baking soda with 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil.
    2. Add 10 drops of essential oil (our favorites are peppermint and eucalyptus oil)

  • #3 PVC Shower Curtains--> PEVA Shower Curtains

  • Most shower curtains are made from PVC, polyvinyl chloride, a synthetic plastic. 

    What most people don’t know is that there are harmful chemicals used in making PVC. Studies show PVC material releases volatile organic compounds and phthalates into the air you breathe over time!

    The Sonny Shower Curtain is an affordable alternative to PVC material. Safe and non-toxic, the PEVA material is a non-chlorinated vinyl. 

    It is:

    • Waterproof
    • Mildew-resistant 
    • Mold-resistant
    • Affordable
    • Easy to find online and in stores

  • #4 Canned Air Freshener --> Sustainable Candles 

  • Switch from a canned spray air freshener to a sustainable candle such as KEAP. This eco-friendly company uses sustainably-sourced coconut wax and reusable glass containers. 

    Through their subscription services, you receive amazing scents straight to your door on a monthly basis. Some of our favorite scents are Wild Figs, Waves, Cotton Magnolia, and Lavender & Petals

    Try these beautiful candles to keep your bathroom smelling fresh! 

    KEAP Candles

  • #5 Conventional Showerhead --> Water-Saving Showerhead

  • Most suggest cutting down shower times to save water… but sometimes we just need a relaxing warm shower to destress from the day. 

    What if you can have both? 

    ShowerPro Showerheads alternate air and water for a gentle massaging effect while reducing water usage by half! 

    You save water and money WHILE having the calming showers you deserve. 

    ShowerPro Showerhead

  • #6 Conventional Bathroom Cleaner --> Eco-Friendly Cleaner

  • Do we have to use powerful, dangerous chemicals to properly clean and disinfect our bathrooms? 

    No. EcoStore Bathroom Cleaner is both antibacterial and eco-friendly! EcoStore has heaps of cleaners with natural ingredients that are safe for your home and the environment. 

    EcoStore Bathroom Cleaner

    Reach for the eco-friendly option that is both affordable and convenient next time you stop into Countdown or PAK’nSAVE. 

    For a DIY option: try this quick and easy recipe:

    1. Mix 1 cup of water with 2 Tablespoons of Baking soda
    2. Add ½ cup of vinegar
    3. Squeeze ½ lemon or add 15 drops of citrus essential oil to smell fresh
    4. Put in a reusable spray bottle 
    5. Easy!

    #7 Plastic Packaging in Conventional Skincare --> Sustainable, Natural Skincare

    Cheap preservatives can be found in plastic packaging for skincare products.

    But at Wild Kiwihearts, we put our organic skincare products in glass and resuable packaging to hold the best natural ingredients for your skin. 

    Wild Kiwihearts' Skincare

    Choose Wild Kiwihearts natural skincare to properly nourish your skin and eliminate plastic waste from our landfills. It is these small acts of mindfulness that empower us to connect with ourselves and the environment. 

    You have the power so let’s start today! 

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