6 Eco-Friendly & Zero-Waste Products You Need In Your Bathroom
The first and easiest place in my apartment to go plastic-free was my bathroom by shedding away all the unnecessary plastic found in shampoo and conditioner bottles, body wash, face wash, and so on. Between local refill shops, the sustainable writing I do for a full-time gig and the friends I have living an eco-friendly lifestyle, I managed to scrap all of the plastic for products that are not only ethically made and good for my body and hair but are good for the planet.
To those looking to make the switch themselves, peep the list below to discover 6 of my favorite eco-friendly and zero waste products.
Lush is becoming a one-stop shop for all of your bathroom needs. From the brand new line of naked cleansing balms and facial oils to quench your skin's dryness and soothe your stressed out skin to shampoo and conditioner bars that cleanse and hydrate your hair. I am currently using Big, which smells of coconut and Montalbano that's rich in lemon juice and fresh olives. Both of which give my hair the volume I crave.
Handmade in Eugene, Oregon from Sarah, a mother of two, Marleys Monsters creates and sells eco-friendly, reusable products that are sure to cut down on your waste. Our personal favorites are the Facial Rounds made of organic, unbleached cotton flannel with serged edges for durability. Once you've used up all your rounds, you can wash them on warm with your colors and then dry in the dryer before using them again.
If you’re looking for a little more, they also offer a Makeup Remover Set for $30, which includes 10 organic cotton rounds, a cotton drawstring bag and makeup remover for Urban Oreganics (which is bottled in glass).
If you're like me and don't like washing your hair every day, then you know it's vital to have a dry shampoo you can depend on. I've always favored powders over sprays, which is why I was pleased to discover Lovett Sundries Lavender Dry Shampoo packages their products in glass! No more greasy hair in between washes, just the sweet smell of lavender.
P.S. If you aren’t a fan of lavender, they also offer Pine and Unscented.
Flossing is important for your oral health – it’s obvious by the amount of flack your dentist gives you every six months when they catch you slacking.
I also understand that one of the dilemmas you may face is the sheer amount of plastic you're contributing to a landfill, which is why Public Goods is so damn awesome. Made of 100% biodegradable silk, peppermint candelilla wax, it's not only safe for you, it's great for the earth. To keep the eco-friendly trend going, they also house their floss in glass containers with metal lids.
STAINLESS STEEL DOUBLE EDGE SAFETY RAZORS
I’ll be honest with you, I am not opposed to body hair and definitely spend more time conditioning my armpits than shaving. So, this speaks more to my significant other who enjoys a nice, clean shave in the morning (or evening) and for me, on the off chance, I feel the urge to shave it all off.
So, my top pick is Minneapolis-based brand, Honour Essentials who serve up reusable and sustainable shave kits. From the stainless steel razor and shaving cream canister to the compostable pulp that houses the refills, it's kind of an ideal situation.
The added win derives from the eco-friendly products as they're made from the residual oil and leftover coffee beans from the java they brew, thus utilizing every aspect of the bean to create the perfect morning ritual.
I purchased my bamboo toothbrushes from Bring Your Own Long Beach, but as that's not possible for those who don't live near or around the area, I thought I'd drop a couple of brands I've heard great things about. Both Truthbrush and Marble offer a little pop of color with each brush, are made from organic bamboo and supply a variety of bristle strengths – super soft, soft and medium. Unfortunately, toothbrushes don't have a refill system, so when it's reached the end of its life, you can either break the head with the bristles off and throw it away or pull out the bristles with pliers before composting the handle. Whatever you choose, both are great alternatives to conventional toothbrushes.