Sustainable Personal Care Products for an Earth-Friendly Bathroom
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Many of us pack our bathrooms with personal products, from cotton swabs to shampoo, that we use daily and repurchase regularly. These products can be problematic from an environmental point of view. Many contain chemicals or synthetic ingredients and come in unsustainable packaging. However, more sustainable personal care products, containing natural and safe ingredients and producing less waste, are increasingly available. Here are a few options for a more earth-friendly experience in your bathroom.
We all know that regularly brushing our teeth is good for us. Unfortunately, dental-product packaging can be bad for the environment. Toothpaste tubes can be difficult to recycle. Americans bought 798 million toothpaste products in 2017, according to market researcher Nielsen. And most of them end up in landfills.
A more sustainable alternative is the toothpaste tablet. Simply chew it and it produces a paste that you use to brush your teeth.
Organic Silk Dental Floss
While you’re brushing more sustainably, why not think about dental floss as well?
Lucky Teeth floss is made of 100 percent organic silk, candelilla plant wax, and organic tea tree and peppermint oils. It’s completely biodegradable, breaking down in approximately 60 to 90 days. Instead of the standard disposable plastic container, the packaging is a reusable glass jar with a metal top. Floss refills come in a recyclable paper box. It is shipped using 100 percent recyclable paper-based materials, including recycled paper tape, recycled labels, recycled mailer envelopes, and recycled paper for cushioning.
Bamboo Toilet Paper
Global toilet paper production consumes 27,000 trees per day.
Until recently, the easiest sustainable alternative has been toilet paper made from recycled materials. With the introduction of toilet paper made from fast-growing, renewable bamboo, toilet paper startup No. 2 offers another option.
No. 2 toilet paper is Forest Stewardship Council and Responsible Forestry certified and comes wrapped in 100 percent recycled paper rather than plastic, with an array of soybean-ink printed wrapper designs to choose from. Bamboo toilet paper also eliminates 95 percent of “butt crumble,” which we will let you explore.
Using bamboo can also make cotton swabs more sustainable. Swabs made with a plastic stick end up in all sorts of places they don’t belong, landing in landfills, clogging sewers, and washing up on beaches.
The Humble Co. offers a 100 percent biodegradable alternative with a handle made from sustainably grown bamboo and a cotton tip containing natural coloring. The swabs are packaged in 100 percent recycled paper.
Zero Waste Shaving
Plastic razors are ubiquitous and wasteful. For a more environmentally friendly option, choose a metal safety razor.
Albatross reusable metal razors come with 10 replacement blades and a hemp razor bag. The company also offers a razor blade take-back program. Just collect your used blades and send them back to the company — they even accept other brands’ blades. The stainless steel replacement blades come in a paper envelope and wrapper.
Natural Bar Shampoo
Shampoo doesn’t have to come in liquid form, packaged in plastic. Solid bar shampoos reduce packaging waste and often last longer than liquid shampoo.
Meow Meow Tweet offers shampoo bars in two scents, rosemary avocado and lavender coconut milk, each made with organic, unrefined plant oils and butters, steam-distilled and cold-pressed essential oils, and organic botanicals. The bars are package-free and shipped in a post-consumer cardboard box with 100 percent recyclable and compostable paper wrapping, labels, and tape.
Refillable Body Moisturizer
Sometimes it just works best to use products that are liquid, such as moisturizer. But you can still reduce plastic waste by using a refillable container.