In honor of Earth Day, we’re taking a look at how we can reduce our carbon footprints at home. Read on for our top ten essential items to have in your bathroom to help you achieve zero waste!
1. Crystal deodorant
Ditch that standard plastic tube of deodorant (especially if it has aluminum or other yuckies in it) and try a crystal instead. Learn about the science behind crystal deodorant here.
2. Shampoo bar
Shampoo bars are a great alternative to bottles of shampoo: they’re typically packaged in recyclable cardboard or paper, and require less fuel to transport than their bulky counterparts.
3. Hankies instead of tissue
It’s only recently that our society has switched to single-use tissues for our runny noses. Soft cotton hankies are a treat for your nose–and have far less of an impact than those disposables, especially during allergy season!
4. DIY toothpaste
No tube required! Whip up a batch of homemade toothpaste and store in an extra jar in the medicine cabinet.
5. Bar soap or bulk body wash
Like shampoo, bar soap has less of an impact on the environment by having less packaging and less weight to transport. If you can’t give up the body wash, head over to the bulk section of your favorite natural grocery store or co-op and re-use your bottles.
6. Cornstarch instead of dry shampoo
A little greasy? Sprinkle cornstarch on your roots and brush it through your hair to quickly absorb excess grease. Easy peasy.
7. A Moon Cup or GladRags
This one should be obvious! Disposable tampons and pads are not great for your body, and even worse for our planet. Try a menstrual cup or cloth pads, and get rid of the monthly garbage that accompanies your period.
8. Recycleable toothbrush
Our friends at Preserve (a fellow B Corp!) make toothbrushes out of recycled plastic and have a toothbrush take back program to keep the loop going.
9. Make your own facial cleansers
Not only do they often come in plastic, single-use containers but conventional products for your face also tend to contain some nasty ingredients. Fortunately, there are loads of DIY facial cleansers out there, including my favorite: a homemade honey cinnamon facial scrub!
10. Extra credit: reusable toilet paper
For the extremely green, you can always make the switch to “family cloth” or reusable toilet paper. Use rags or cut up old towels for wipes and wash thoroughly between uses. Don’t accidentally drop one in the toilet, though!
What’s your best tip for waste reduction in the medicine cabinet or shower? Leave us a comment and let us know!
About the author of this post:
Tracy Puhl is the owner of GladRags and is passionate about period positivity and empowering women everywhere. In her free time, she likes to read, travel, practice yoga, and hang out with her cats.