5 Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Your Favorite Bath Products
Small, inexpensive changes can help the environment in a big way. Consider these new bathroom products that go above and beyond for our planet.
Every small step matters in achieving a more sustainable lifestyle. Switching out your single-use water bottles for a refillable version is a great start, for example. If solar panels aren’t in your budget this year, invest in a smart thermostat. When a bunch of those small changes you're making come together, we can make big leaps toward sustainable living, and your bathroom is an easy place to start. Just think of all the single-use products you use in your daily routine, not to mention the plastic bottles that pile up in the shower. Here are a few of our favorite eco-friendly bathroom products—after using bar shampoo or bamboo toilet paper once, you'll never go back!
It's hard to resist liquid body wash when it comes in so many scents and varieties, but the plastic bottle makes it hard to be sustainable. Cut your plastic consumption by clearing some space on your shower ledge and returning to bar soap. Hand in Hand, a sustainable soap company, offers sustainable, vegan, cruelty-free soap in recyclable packaging. Scents rivaling the liquid soap alternatives include cactus blossom, citrus grove, sea salt, and lavender. Plus, for every bar purchased, they will donate a bar of soap and one month of clean water to a child in need. It’s a win-win-win!
Is there anything better than finally removing your makeup after a long day? What about removing your makeup while saving money and helping the environment? We swear by reusable makeup remover pads. Instead of throwing away a cotton swab or pad every day, the organic bamboo cloths can gently clean your face up to 1,000 times. Simply place them in the provided mesh bag after using, and wash on laundry day with your towels! And with 16 rounds in this pack on Amazon, you can go two weeks between washes.
Toilet paper will likely always be disposable, but there are brands out there working to make the product as sustainable as possible. Enter No.2, a toilet paper company that makes its rolls entirely from bamboo. According to National Geographic, regular toilet paper production demolishes 27,000 trees daily. Bamboo is a more sustainable alternative because it grows much quicker than trees and can be harvested yearly. No. 2's toilet paper rolls have the strength you'd expect from traditional versions and come wrapped in some seriously cute printed recycled paper (no plastic packaging here!).
Much like soap, shampoo can be packaged as a bar. Lush, a vegetarian handmade cosmetics company, offers shampoo bars in amazing scents and varieties for all hair types. The super-concentrated bar lathers up your hair for 80 washes while eliminating the need for plastic bottles. Plus, Lush sells a reusable tin made especially for their bar soap and shampoo products.
Buy It: Shampoo Bar, $10.95, Lush
Toothpaste: You use it every day and have probably never thought of any alternative aside from a new flavor. But there’s a new toothpaste on the market, and it doesn’t require any plastic tubes, bottles, or caps. We’re talking about toothpaste tablets. As you chew on these mint-sized tablets, the ingredients get to work fizzing and foaming. Then, grab a wet toothbrush and brush as normal. The Crush & Brush version is toxin-free, plastic-free, and travel-friendly, too.