It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but I’m back with a few more “sustainable swaps” that I hope inspires you to make some changes in your lifestyle that are more environmentally friendly. Sometimes you get caught up in the societal norms and it’s not until you are reminded of your plastic consumption and waste that you realize how prevalent it is in your life. Then you realize that there are billions of other people that are also contributing these issues and this creates a very serious problem that takes all of us to solve.
I’m nowhere near perfect in making 100% sustainable and eco-friendly choices, but I do try my best and am learning everyday how to shop better, consume less and inform myself on the best options and lifestyles for myself and the planet. You don’t have to be perfect either, but making small swaps in your lifestyle, which can then inspire your friends/family, will make a difference on this Earth. So with all of that, now let me share with you some easy swaps I’ve made in my bathroom that I hope inspires you to make too!
1. Reusable Cotton Rounds
These can cut down on a significant amount of waste that is created from removing make-up and cleansing/toning. Plus, it saves you money because these cotton rounds are reusable and so easy to throw in a mesh bag and machine wash. This was one of the first swaps I made to my bathroom routine and I still love them. You can find these to purchase in lots of mainstream stores which is where I got mine, but I am linking some from Eco Roots here, which is a sustainable shop that I really like. These are made from organic cotton and bamboo and will ship free of any plastic!
2. Natural Loofahs
Who knew that the bright pink loofahs that are made of plastic are actually based off of natural loofahs that come from real loofah plants?! I sure didn’t know this two years ago, but then my dad grew some and blew us all away the magic of these dried plants. I have a loofah on a string loop that I keep in the shower to use like I would any plastic “loofah” and I also started using smaller pieces of these as a kitchen sponge! This is a very versatile swap that is one of my personal favorites, plus when your loofah has reached the end of it’s life, simply throw it in the compost! If you know me and are local, you can get some from one of our NSeason pop-up farm stands. If you want an online option, these are also sold on Eco Roots, here.
3. Leaf Shave Razor
This was a bigger sustainable swap that I made last year and even though it’s a little intimidating at first, I really like it now. Not only is this a pretty gold safety razor that looks good in your shower, but it will last you a lifetime and you can feel good about the metal blades that can be recycled. There are a variety of sustainable razors, but I found the most positive reviews of Leaf. On the Leaf website they shared that if every person who shaves in America went plastic-free for this task, then each year 3+ billion disposables would be kept out of landfills, 3 billion dollars would be saved, 25,000 tons of packaging waste would be eliminated and 1+ million tons of CO2 emissions would be eliminated. These are some big impacts on our planet that we can work to reduce with such a simple swap.
4. Pumice Stone Exfoliator
Instead of buying ped eggs or other plastic and heavily packaged exfoliators, try getting a pumice stone. This is a natural way to exfoliate your feet that you can even use gently on your whole body if you want to. Check your local stores, but if you want to order one, EarthHero has them and is essentially a more sustainable Amazon website.
5. Davids Natural Toothpaste
Are there even more sustainable toothpaste options, such as Bite? Yes, but I’ve tried those and have found that Davids toothpaste works best for me right now. Some reasons why this is a better choice toothpaste include having a recyclable metal tube, sustainable packaging and naturally sourced and derived ingredients with 98% being from the USA. Plus, I’m able to find this brand at my local Target!
6. Solid Shampoo, Conditioner and Soaps
Next time one of your plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner or soap runs out, think about making the switch to solid bars. I recently made the switch for my shampoo and conditioner to HiBar and have officially been converted. These come in a variety of choices for different hair types, smell great and the shape allows for easy application without slipping out of your hand! I am also excited to try out my lavender soap/loofah combo from NSeason once I finally finish using the rest of my random soaps that I already had. When making sustainable swaps, the best and easiest thing to do is to use what you have first!
Another idea for more sustainable bathroom products include Reel Paper Co. bamboo toilet paper that is available as an easy subscription. Also, look to buy products in bulk. If you’re local to KC, Soap KC has great options for shampoo, conditioner, face masks, oils, lotions and more! Lastly, support companies that are making more sustainable and ethical choices, so do your research and vote with your dollars by supporting companies that align with your values. Those are the sustainable swaps I have for now, but I hope to share more of this series as I continue to learn and make more of my own swaps. I think a kitchen post might have to be next! Thanks for being here and I hope this has inspired you to make some simple changes in your own lifestyle!!