My bathroom has been the most difficult room to transition to sustainable products. So many items that we use every day are either sold in plastic containers or made with harsh chemicals, but your bathroom is not a place to overlook when working to reduce your carbon footprint. In fact, there are some easy switches you can make today to minimize your amount of bathroom waste. Below are some products to help you get started!
Consciously Curly has just about every haircare product you could ask for—from washing to styling. Their website is organized by hair type so you can easily find the best products for you whether you have straight, wavy or curly hair. They offer shampoo and conditioner bars as well as aluminum packaging to eliminate the use of plastic.
Price: Cleansing Shampoo Bar, 3.8 oz – $16
If you aren’t ready to make the jump to shampoo bars, Plaine Products may be a better option for you. They offer various hair products that come in metal bottles that can be returned and reused. They also have a subscription service that will send you refills automatically.
Price: Shampoo, 16 oz – $30
Are you looking to replace your plastic razor? Leaf Shave offers a few different razor and shaving kit options depending on your specific needs. They also package and ship 100% plastic-free to aggressively offset the carbon footprint of the company.
Price: The Leaf Razor – $84
More than one billion toothpaste tubes are thrown out every year: Bite is trying to change that. These toothpaste “bits” will dissolve into foam while you brush. They also have a subscription service and will send your refill in 100% home compostable pouches.
Price: Fresh Mint Toothpaste Bits, 62 tablets – $12
Humankind is another company offering 100% natural toothpaste in tablet form. The product also comes in a cute refillable glass container that is free if you sign up for a subscription.
Price: Toothpaste, 60 tablets – $15
If you’re not into tablets, Nelson Naturals offers a typical toothpaste formula that comes in a small glass bottle making it a zero-waste product. They also offer a wide range of flavors such as Spearmint, Citrus Spice, and Cinnamon to satisfy any taste buds.
Price: Original Toothpaste in Spearmint, 3 oz – $11.33
Many mouthwash brands use chemical and artificial colors which can be harmful if accidentally swallowed. This isn’t the case for Dr. H & Co. products! Their ingredients are sourced by a family-owned company specializing in botanicals, making the product vegan and gluten-free. The product also comes in a glass bottle to reduce the use of plastic.
Price: Dentist-Formulated Refresh Mouthwash, 16 oz – $32.95
You can replace almost anything in your bathroom with Marley’s Monsters sustainable products but my personal favorite has been their washable facial rounds. Each round has a 3-inch diameter and is made of 100% organic cotton flannel, making it perfect for removing makeup.
If you really want to get crazy, the company also offers reusable toilet paper (!) and cloth napkins for your kitchen.
Price: 20 Facial Rounds – $20
This is a sustainability-first company with so many soap bar options you’re bound to find something that you love. Their soaps are made of all natural ingredients with its base blend being plant-based oils. All of their bars come packaged in plantable paper. The soap product I’ve listed is wrapped with paper [tested and approved by the USDA] that grows into wildflowers!
Price: Great Thymes soap bar – $9.99
Reel is working to eliminate the threat of illness posed by a lack of access to toilets. How are they doing this? Toilet paper made out of bamboo. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world and does not have to be repeatedly planted. Reel is also promoting the use of earth-friendly, sustainable paper products by using no plastic, inks or dyes in their packaging.
Price: Premium Bamboo Toilet Paper, 24 rolls – $29.99
With a few simple changes to your bathroom routine, you can greatly reduce your amount of waste and be on your way to living a more sustainable lifestyle!