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In honour of #plasticfreejuly, I wanted to put together my “Top 5 Easy Bathroom Eco-Swaps” that can help us recognize the amount of plastic we have in our lives and how these small simple swaps can open the door to naturally welcoming convenient and eco-friendly products into all aspects of our lives.
Our Mission: Reduce the necessity and demand that society and businesses have put towards the “convenient” plastic products. Fill our homes and lives with natural materials that reduce waste and help build a sustainable future.
“In the United States alone it is estimated that over 850 million toothbrushes are discarded and end up in landfill every single year.” (1millionwomen.com)
– Once it’s time to replace, use the toothbrush as a scrubbing brush for places like the washroom or kitchen.
– Shave or remove bristles with plyers and recycle.
– The handle can be used as kindling or in a garden where it will biodegrade over time
– Adult and Child Bamboo Toothbrushes Combo Pack – Shenzhen Shouyuan Company
– Adult 4-Pack Bamboo Toothbrushes – Green Panda
– Adult 5- Pack Bamboo Toothbrushes – JL Honest Products
“For a toothpaste tube to be recycled it means each of these components must be processed separately. So, on top of the CO2 pollution involved in the production of each tube, it then becomes a very complicated process for the recyclers” (1millionwomen.com)
– The glass jar can be used for anything or recycled.
– Natural Toothpaste (glass jar) – Georganics
– Toothpaste Tablets (glass jar) – Crush & Brush
– Natural Fluoride-Free Toothpaste – Tom’s of Maine
– DIY Homemade Toothpaste – 1 Million Women
“You can purchase a disposable razor at practically any drugstore, convenience store, or gas station. It is safe to assume that nearly 163 million disposable razors were disposed to landfill in 2018. With another 163 million on their way to the landfill” (wowelifestyle.com)
– Terracycle & Gilette® Razor Recycling Program
– Check if the steel replacement blades can be recycled in your local municipality.
– Charcoal Safety Razor – The Eco-Warrior
– Eco Razor with Bamboo Handle – Zomchi
– Rose Gold Safety Razor – Weidi Baili
– Stainless Steel Razor – Koti Eco Essentials
“Since 2012, our shampoo bars have saved 22.5 million plastic bottles from being produced. That’s 620 tonnes or the weight of six blue whales!” (Lush Canada)
– Look for brands that mention “packaging-free products”
– Majority of places have soap, shampoo and conditioner bars available for one-stop shopping
– Jumping Juniper Shampoo Bar – Lush
– Avocado Body Soap – The Australian National Soap Company
– 6- Piece Face & Body Natural Soap – Bali Soap
– 5- Piece Shampoo & Conditioner Set – Ethique
“Loofahs are used in a wet environment and you hang them up in the shower, which is also a wet environment. They don’t ever totally dry out, so the loofah is a beautiful breeding ground for bacteria” (health.clevlandclinic.org)
– Cut off the rope/string and recycle your old plastic loofah
– Hang your plant-based loofah/sponge outside of the shower to properly dry and last longer
– Washcloths are great alternatives to any loofah or sponge
– Natural Body Sponge – The Eco-Warrior
– Natural Loofah 4-Pack – Bmboo
– Silicone Body Brush – Vaslon
– Natural Exfoliating Body Sponge – Battle Green Box
Have you tried any of these Eco-Swaps? Let me know!
Having trouble deciding? Leave a comment or send an email!
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