As first published on Zero Waste Club Blog.
Spoiler alert parents… you don’t have bathe your children every. single. night! A little dirt builds the immune system. Yet, for many young families, bath time is an institution - it’s the final hurdle before bedtime and peace.
While you may judge the choice of breastfeeding reading material, Sophie Kinsella nailed it:
“The general perception is that if bath time goes, everything goes. Chaos descends. Civilisation disintegrates. Children are found wandering the street in tatters, gnawing on animal bones while their parents rock and whimper in alleyways.” Surprise Me. A Novel.
So, parents, if you are going to insist on that bath, make sure the environment loves it, you love it and the kids love it!
How shallow are you?
It is a true fact that a shallow bath uses the same amount of water as a 5 minute power shower. Ideally, all children would share the water and throw in an adult too, or … use it later. Peace.
Eco-friendly bath toys
Get those eco-friendly rubber ducks in a row.
French Rubber Duck, Safe from birth, £5.99
No More Tears : Plastic Free Shampoo
Calling all babies, children, adults. Shampoo bars work. I swear. Ditch the chemicals and the plastic bottles. Try, just once. It’s cheaper than your lunch and lasts longer! Calendula & Camomile Soap & Shampoo Bar, £4
Nightie, nightie, pyjama, pyjama.
We adore these award winning, design led, organic & ethical pyjamas created by mother and designer, Alienor Falconer. They are soft, cosy and adorable. Tried and tested. Muslin Button Down Pyjamas, The Bright Company, £39.
Oh bamboo, we love you.
Each year we throw away 260 million plastic toothbrushes in the UK, none can can be recycled. Choose a sustainable bamboo plastic free toothbrush so the pandas stay safe! Zero Waste Bamboo Toothbrushes, £10.99 (for 3)
Get yer teeth into it!
Step away from the plastic tubes of toothpaste and embrace plastic free toothpaste options for your whole family. Fluoride vs no Fluoride is your call.
Georganics. Fluoride free. Recyclable glass jar, aluminium lid and compostable box. Kids are supposed to love the orange, ours preferred mint, £6.90
Dentabs. W/Out Fluoride. Can be quite spicy! Tastes like toothpaste and comes in compostable corn starch bag. Smart. Chew and brush, from age 6+ from £2.50
These small changes in your routine have a huge impact. Simple steps, simple swaps. Have anymore tips for an eco-friendly bath routine? We would love to hear them in the comments.