Did you know that the plastic toothbrush you used when you were 5 still exists? Plastic toothbrushes take about 400 years to decompose. These toothbrushes end up floating in our oceans and in the stomachs of marine life.
The eco-friendly alternative is bamboo! The bamboo handle can be composted and if you choose a brush with natural bristles rather than nylon, those can also be composted. We love this toothbrush.
There are lots of natural toothpastes on the market and that are even zero waste toothpaste options, such as tablets and powders. Learn more here.
Traditional floss is made of plastic and comes in a plastic container. Instead look for refillable bamboo or charcoal floss that comes in a glass jar. Learn more here.
Okay, promise this is the last “teeth-related” item but there are zero waste mouthwash tablets! No need for a big bulky plastic bottle. Instead, you can recycle or reuse the glass jar the tablets come in. Here is one option.
11. Toilet Paper
Yes, toilet paper is a vital bathroom essential. Avoid toilet paper packaged in plastic and treated with dyes, bleach, and pesticides. Instead, there are more environmentally friendly options wrapped in recyclable paper. This brand donates 50% of its profits to help build toilets for those in need.
Avoid shower gels in plastic bottles or soaps wrapped in plastic. Instead, you can buy soap bars wrapped in paper or completely package free. If you’re looking for liquid soap, you don’t have to keep buying disposable soap dispensers. Just refill the ones you have at home. Avoid synthetic fragrances and look for ingredients like olive oil and coconut oil.
13. Facial Cleanser & Moisturizer
Organic skincare is thankfully becoming very popular. Opt for cleansers and moisturizers that have natural, sustainably-sourced ingredients and include eco-friendly packaging. There are so many options but here is a helpful blog post.
14. Shampoo & Conditioner
An eco-friendly alternative to haircare packaged in plastic bottles is a shampoo bar! Shampoo and conditioner bars are package-free and will keep your hair clean and healthy. They are also super easy to travel with! Just keep it in a tin or a cloth pouch and you’re good to go!
15. Bathroom Cleaning Spray
Avoid synthetic fragrances, bleaches, and strong chemicals you wouldn’t want to breathe in. Also, try to minimize the number of plastic bottles you use. You can easily make your own cleaning spray and fill up the same bottle over and over again. If you’re not into DIY, there are brands that offer safe, refillable products, such as Branch Basics.
We all love some luxurious bath towels. Support a company that doesn’t use toxic dyes and opts for organic instead of traditional cotton. You probably need to get rid of your old towels anyway, right? Time for a swap!