I am continuing on from Monday's discussion & considering this a personal (rather than bathroom) area, because I think it has a lot to do with what we keep in our purses or pockets & the wasteful items we encounter there.
I don't really have a purse I use daily, filled with standard items, lying ready when I head out the door. I either grab this over-sized tote or my backpack (for school) & stuff it with what I need for the day when I leave the house. I think this helps with reducing some waste by not having duplicates or items that get lost at the bottom of a bag & remain unused. However, I could be more mindful of what I use & keep here.
We don't keep actual tissues (like Kleenex) on hand, but I find myself going for toilet paper to blow my nose daily. In a bind, I might grab a napkin or receipt (gross, I know). My nose ring has a tendency to make me stuffy, so I use little bits of tissue often. I am not about to give up toilet paper completely, but it is extremely wasteful. It cannot be reused, & even if you buy recycled tp like we do, every new roll still requires water & electricity to produce.
When I first met Dave, I was amused by his use of handkerchiefs. Even now, he always has one in his back pocket. It was strange but cute & reminded me of my grandpa. Dave picked up the habit from his father who always had one at hand. He started carrying them himself while serving a mission & never stopped. It makes sense. How often do you wish you had a tissue? Or something to wipe away the sweat on a hot day? It's perfect for replacing those wasteful oil-blotting tissues too. He has been nice enough to share one in an emergency, but I decided it would be nice to have my own. We had a little money left on a Kohl's gift card from last Christmas, which I used to buy my own set of 9. If I hadn't had the gift card to use, I probably would have found soft organic cotton fabric & asked my sister to make some for me. Some people might be grossed out by carrying a handkerchief; it's not like you're eating off of it, just blowing your nose & folding it back up. To clean them, I simply throw them in the washing machine with the other whites & a little extra tea tree oil.
Also, I have a Neti pot, which I will use more often. Honestly, I have not used it since I was sick last March; but I think a more regular "nasal irrigation" regiment wouldn't be a bad idea. I am sure you can overdo it, but once weekly or every other week should be fine.
*This is part of a series I am doing while Dave & I strive to embrace a simple life & home. We are committing to analyze & consider every item in & coming into our home, the ultimate goal being to come to as close to a zero waste home as possible.