Ways to Go Green in Your Bathroom – Part 1
Bathrooms can be wasteful and even toxic places in more ways than one. Many products we use come in plastic containers and some contain harmful chemicals. This is our two-part series on how to green up your personal care routine. Here we have the first 6 ways you can be more sustainable when nature calls.
1. Choose tubeless toothpaste
Toothpaste tubes are made of plastic that typically do not get recycled, so they end up in incinerators or landfills. Many brands exist that provide chewable minty tablets that come in biodegradable or recyclable containers. Simply chew and brush the same as you would use paste, but without the waste. Here are 3:
2. Plastic-Free Shampoo and Conditioners
Instead of buying shampoos and conditioners in plastic bottles, avoid all the waste by using shampoo and conditioners bars—these are shampoos and conditioners that come in a bar form, like soap. Always look for paraben-free, natural ingredients and products not tested on animals. Here are a few:
3. Choose sustainable toilet paper
One of the things we humans do that could be made much less impactful, is that we grow trees, and then cut them down to make the virgin wood pulp into paper we use as toilet paper. It stands to reason that paper we plan to throw out anyway could be made of recycled paper. Luckily, many companies have thought about this and provided a solution, like even using renewable bamboo fiber instead of trees. Here are a few:
4. No plastic dental floss
Ever wonder what dental floss is made of? It typically is made of nylon or sometimes Teflon; both of which are plastic polymers- in other words, made from petrochemicals which go into the garbage and are not recycled. But there are alternatives:
5. Refillable razors
Stop throwing out plastic razors, and choose a metal one that just needs the blades to be replaced.
6. Waste Free Eyes and Eyebrow Wax
Eyeliner pencil can of course be made with wood. For Eyebrows, if you choose to use a pomade, it doesn’t have to come in plastic.