The most recent focus in my Sustainable Swap Challenge has been creating a zero waste personal care routine, which has highlighted the need for some switches to sustainable bathroom products! There is a whole lot of plastic and waste in conventional bathroom products — not to mention toxic ingredients.
It can feel overwhelming, but that’s why I’m breaking down 17 switches we can make to transition to a more low waste, sustainable bathroom.
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Delilah Home’s naturally soft and fluffy organic towels are the perfect way to elevate your every day sustainably. I’m kind of swooning over how incredibly plush and luxurious these towels look — and the 20 customers who left five-star reviews can verify that these towels are as amazing as they appear!
The earth-minded brand’s towels are made from Turkish cotton that has been certified organic by the world’s leading organic certifying body, Global Organic Textile Standard. Delilah Home also has certifications from Green America, OneCert, and Textile Exchange. And if that weren’t enough, the conscious company gives back to multiple charity partners, including 1% for the Planet.
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2. Shampoo and Conditioner Bars
As you’re beginning to transition to a low-waste bathroom, the simplest thing to start with is to switch to bars! Every time you’re about to run out of something, like shampoo, that typically comes in a plastic bottle, think about getting that item in bar form the next time!
When you’re ready to zero waste your hair care routine, EcoRoots has you covered with plenty of options made with natural and organic ingredients. I got to test out their Forest Mist shampoo bar and conditioner bar and they smell incredible and they’ve worked great with my hair! The package-free bars are also palm oil-free and vegan. (You can explore more of their shampoo & conditioner bars in their Bath & Beauty collection.)
It’s time to quit those single-use Q-Tips once and for all. LastSwab is the world’s very first reusable, low waste swap for cotton swabs and was build with exceptional quality — one LastSwab is built to last up to 1000 uses!
There is a basic option for everyday needs and a beauty option with a smooth texture and pointed edge perfect for applying and fixing makeup. The cases each LastSwab come in are made from a bio-based plastic as well.
Castile soap is a concentrated, versatile cleaner that can be used for the body and face or your laundry and dishes. It’s the perfect essential to have in your arsenal of sustainable bathroom products. The key lies in the dilution! Here is a quick guide to dilutions from Dr. Bronner’s with 18 different uses for this one wonder ingredient. Personally, I haven’t had success with using castile soap on my hair — it was too drying even in a small quantity, but it has worked well for me as a body wash.
While there are many Castile soaps, I suggest Dr. Bronner’s because they use mostly organic and fair trade ingredients, including regenerative organic coconut oil, and package it all up in a post-consumer recycled bottle.
Lotion is one of the easier DIYs to make — and this is coming from someone who just started making my own personal care products this year! I created my own vegan natural recipe using only 5 ingredients.. and one of those ingredients is water. You can also add essential oils if you prefer a scented lotion.
It’s no secret that disposable plastic razors lead to massive waste — even back in the 1990s, the EPA estimated that Americans tossed 2 billion plastic razors per year! And I don’t think I’m alone when saying that it’s frustrating to be constantly forking over money for expensive blades!
The zero-waste swap for costly, wasteful razors? Long-lasting, durable metal safety razors. The EcoRoots team sent me one of their rose gold safety razors to try out and my friends, I cannot believe how different the experience is with a safety razor. For starters, it feels super chic that I actually kind of look forward to shaving. But beyond the aesthetics, the performance compared to disposable razors is making me wonder why I didn’t implement this switch sooner. Safety razors allow for a much closer shave, leaving a far smoother result.
Note: As with any other type of razor, using shaving soap and water reduces the risk of irritation or cuts!
Check Out EcoRoots’ Safety Razor ($32.50)
Speaking of shaving soap… EcoRoots also has a zero-waste solution for this. Their organic shaving soap bar is a nourishing formula combining coconut oil, avocado oil, and cocoa butter, with a lovely mix of essential oils, like lemon and lavender. The soap, by the way, smells fantastic — it’s one of those scents that can instantly brighten your mood!
I also loved that the soap came plastic-free and very package-light to minimize waste.
Bidets are a no-brainer to me when it comes to sustainable bathroom products. They reduce waste, they’re more hygenic and they save you money in the long-run.
Bidets are essentially like sinks for your toilet that can help reduce or eliminate toilet paper in the bathroom. While standalone bidets are expensive and require some advanced plumbing work, bidet attachments, like this one from TUSHY, retail at under $100 and can be installed in less than 20 minutes. Check out my full review on the TUSHY Classic Bidet here.
Conventional toilet paper is responsible for the destruction of a whole lot of trees. Recycled toilet paper can be a great eco-friendly option, though it can contain small amounts of BPA since recycled paper content can include recycled receipts. Bamboo toilet paper is another sustainable (and typically softer) choice, as bamboo grows incredibly quickly. Bamboo TP also uses less water – TUSHY reports that one roll of their Bamboo TP takes 0.59 gallons of water while a roll of conventional TP from virgin paper uses 37 gallons of water.
There are many options for having a low waste period, and while I personally use a menstrual cup with either reusable pads or THINX underwear as a backup, I know every individual has different needs and preferences. So, I broke down six different options in a separate post: Your Guide to Organic, Sustainable, and Zero Waste Period Products.
David’s natural toothpaste is one of the best on the market — it’s EWG-verified — which is the highest rating a product can receive from the Environmental Working Group — it’s not tested on animals, 98% of ingredients are sourced locally in the US (and the toothpaste is also manufactured in the US) and it comes in a recyclable metal tube!
You can also make your own DIY toothpaste if that’s something you feel comfortable with. Just make sure that the person making the recipe has ensured it’s effective — and you might want to consult with your dentist.
It’s not hard to figure out that getting a new plastic toothbrush every few months adds up to whole lot of waste — now multiple that by everyone in the world that uses toothbrushes and we’ve got a serious problem. Bamboo toothbrushes can be an eco-friendly, compostable alternative.
The company I got my bamboo toothbrushes from a while back doesn’t look like it’s still around, but you can find bamboo toothbrushes at EcoRoots!
Check Out EcoRoots’ Bamboo Toothbrushes ($14.90 for 4)
Compostable floss is a more eco alternative to conventional floss — and is healthier, too. Turns out many floss brands use Teflon and petroleum-derived wax. Um, no thanks! One option for low-waste floss is silk floss. But, if you prefer a vegan option, EcoRoots has a compostable floss made from bamboo fiber and activated charcoal. (Pictured above)
Mouthwash tablets can be a way to freshen your breath while reducing waste. If you prefer a liquid mouthwash, check out Dr. Brite. It’s EWG-verified, the highest rating from the Environmental Working Group.
I use TOM’s right now, which is rated a 3 by the EWG (1 is the best and 10 is the worst). It’s about half the price of Dr. Brite, so this may be a good option for you as well if the other ones feel unaffordable!
Similar to the toothpaste, if you would like to make your own mouthwash, just be sure to do some research and consider consulting your dentist!
Deodorant is another simple DIY to make at home. In fact, this recipe has only 3 ingredients: coconut oil, baking soda or arrowroot powder, and essential oils. I’ve tried a few natural deodorants in the past and none of them worked quite right, so I just decided to make my own! This one works for me and doesn’t irritate my skin. Everyone will have to find the right option for them, but if you want to experiment making your own deodorant, this is an easy recipe to try!
A couple of years ago, before I knew there were small cloth pads specifically designed to be used as makeup remover pads, I bought some nursing pads for this purpose. They actually work surprisingly well and although the size isn’t ideal, it just means that I only use one cloth to remove all of my makeup instead of a few small ones.
If you’d prefer cloth pads designed for removing makeup, EcoRoots has some small reusable cotton rounds.
Check Out EcoRoots Reusable Cotton Rounds ($11 for 10)
However, coconut oil may not be the best solution for everyone, depending on skin type. So, if coconut oil breaks out your skin or clogs up your pores, EcoRoots has a natural cleansing makeup remover made without coconut oil.
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