Leave nothing behind but a beautifully clean and fragrant you…
It’s time for another Little Green Ways swap session! Today we bring you some ideas on swapping your plastic-based bathroom items for sustainable ones. Let us know if you have any more ideas – we’re always on the look-out…
Cardboard earbuds in cardboard boxes
A lot of manufacturers have started producing earbuds with cardboard stems instead of plastic (hooray!) but are still selling them in plastic bags or boxes (boo). We ordered these Save Some Green earbuds from the Floral Fox. They have no plastic in the earbud OR the packaging. Doesn’t that sound like a good id-ear? (The jokes will not get any better than this.)
Compostable dental floss
This dental floss from Georganics is made from 100% compostable silk and – good news for the moths! – the silk is harvested in a cruelty-free fashion from empty cocoons. There is also a charcoal version but that contains polyester, so not compostable, but the packaging is plastic-free.
Wooden shaving brushes and nail brushes
Not only do they last longer and look nicer, they’re far, far better for the planet! Wooden nail brushes are available at most large chemist shops or department stores, and you can get wooden (cruelty-free) shaving brushes from Miel Botanicals and many other gift shops, either online or on your high street.
Shampoo, soap, conditioner, shower and lotion bars
Yes, you really can get bars for all of the above! Not only are they plastic-free, they also last for ages if you store them correctly. Read our post “Oi – you’re barred!” for loads of ideas.
Read our post on how to go no-plastic or plastic-free for your periods. The earth will thank you, and so will your body!
Bath bombs and lolly sticks!
Who doesn’t love a fizzy bath bomb? Spice up bath time by using bath bombs – or this bubble bath on a stick from Lush (see photo below) – instead of plastic bottles of bubble bath (they’re so last-century!).
Reusable make-up remover pads
Reusable, non-plastic, much cheaper in the long run and they look cute hanging up on the line to dry*. What’s not to love about reusable make-up remover pads? I got two sets so I’d have enough to use while I washed one set, one from Honour Your Flow and one from Boobalou. Your local health or refill shops will often have them too. (*Hint – if you have a sock-dryer hangy-up contraption thing it’s ideal for drying them.)
These are a great way to avoid most of the plastic you get with ordinary toothbrushes. We get our bamboo toothbrushes from Georganics, having tried a few different kinds. (Some that we tried lost bristles a bit too easily, but these do the trick!)
It’s time to ditch those plastic-y sponges and get with the cloths! They’re long-lasting, sustainable and kind to your skin. I use muslin cloths (see photo above) for facial cleansing and a good old-fashioned towelling facecloth for the shower.
We hope we’ve inspired you to get swapping and help to protect the planet, while still remaining as fragrant as ever. We’ll be back soon with more swaps!
(Author’s note – we have not been paid to endorse any of these products nor have we been given them to review. These are the honest views and personal likes/dislikes of the author.)