Simple Swaps for Green 2019 Episode Two: The Bathroom
My bathroom is overflowing with beauty supplies. Bottles full of hair care products and masks. Draws brimming with makeup and tools. Each with a price attached, in dollars and environmental challenges.
Beauty products are some of the last things we associate with environmental impact. Some brands jump on the bandwagon and do things like stopping animal testing or using only vegan ingredients, but a few of these changes are done specifically to protect the environment. Instead they are done to appeal to a wider, niche market that their consumers seem to care about.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as it leads to a common goal, but it does mean some quality, environmentally focused products and brands don’t get the same recognition.
We’ve scoured the internet to put together a product and brand guide for a greener, cleaner bathroom and beauty routine! If being more environmentally focused was one of your 2019 resolutions, try some of these out for yourself!
Brush with Bamboo offers
USDA certified toothbrushes with bamboo handles and bristles made from caster bean oil. The handle is compostable and comes in a box made completely of paper with no tape or glue. Plus, they’re relatively inexpensive and offer free shipping within the US!
If you prefer something a little sturdier, GOODWELL+CO has created aluminum toothbrushes with replaceable heads that are 100% biodegradable. They even offer various subscription plans that include their all-natural toothpaste.
We all like and need a clean butt, and our toilet paper selection is probably not at the top of our mental list of products causing environmental issues. But, regardless of preconceived notions, toilet paper can cause a significant impact due to the fact that it’s used every single day by most people. So, what’s the best plan of action?
Who Gives a Crap has created two different environmentally friend options:
premium toilet paper made entirely from bamboo and 100% recycled toilet paper. Each box and roll are also made from recycled cardboard and each sheet is made without the use of dies or fragrances.
The company also donates 50% of their profits to build toilets for those who don’t have access to one. A good cause and environmentally friendly with plenty of hilarious toilet jokes tossed in.
Once I started thinking about how many razors and razor heads I go through in a year, the realization that I was adding significantly to the problem hit me like a truck. I’m not willing to forgo shaving completely, so I started exploring options.
Safety razors are refillable, so they create much less waste than your typical plastic razor and tend to be gentler on your skin. Rockwell Razors offer a
variety of safety razors and razor refills in many different settings and materials. The upfront price is a little higher than your standard plastic razor, but it’s a one-time cost with refills costing only $2 for 100 blades. Save your wallet and the planet in one swipe.
This is a huge one for me. Each product I’ve grown to like seems to be packaged in layers of plastic and it’s been a struggle to find brands that care as much about making their packaging ecofriendly as their actual product.
When it comes to
makeup, Keeping It Natural makes her own products and packaging with an ecofriendly mindset and reasonable prices. Plus, you would be supporting a small business. If you’d prefer a wider range of options, Elate Cosmetics has an entire catalogue of products all made with sustainable bamboo or a recyclable metal tin.
hair care products is incredibly tricky. A lot of companies have ecofriendly formulas, but they package their product in plastic. That kind of defeats the purpose. If possible, look into shampoo bars and conditioner bars made from locally sourced ingredients. There are a wide variety of small business and handmade shampoo bars and conditioners on websites like Etsy. If you’d prefer to purchase from a larger company, check out Plaine Products and their lines of shampoos and soaps bottled in reusable metal containers.
Another major component of my beauty routine is scrubs. Facial and body scrubs are a great way to maintain your skin, but a lot of the top brands come with a plethora of eco-disasters. Not only are they routinely wrapped in layers of plastic, but a lot of top name brands use microplastic or plastic beads as the exfoliant. Instead, check out
Lush’s Ocean Salt. You can even return the tub to the store to be reused. Etsy also has a ton of different options made by small businesses. As long as it’s sugar, coffee, or another type of natural exfoliant based, it’s leagues better than ones with plastics.
Change up your beauty routine and beautify your Green 2019!
Written by Hillary Campbell