Using reusable water bottles, recycling, ditching plastic straws—making choices that are good for the planet can feel overwhelming and complicated. But what if you could make simple, everyday changes that are eco-friendly and don’t require you to sacrifice your quality of life?
None of us are perfect, but swapping out certain bathroom products for their more sustainably made counterparts is one easy way to make a positive impact on the environment. Here are 4 simple switches that are good for you and good for the world.
Eco-friendly disposable razors.
Plastic razors may seem small, but the waste they produce adds up. Every year, around 2 billion plastic razors are thrown away, and most of those end up in landfills or in our oceans. The good news is you don’t have to give up the convenience of disposable razors in order to be more sustainable. Opt for disposable razors with handles made from bamboo, sugarcane, or recycled plastic for an eco-friendly twist on a bathroom staple.
Refillable shampoo and conditioner bottles.
Most bathroom shelves and showers are filled with plastic bottles. While plastic bottles are recyclable, using less of them is a major bonus for the Earth. By purchasing reusable shampoo and conditioner bottles and refill pouches, you can get multiple uses out of the same bottles instead of constantly buying new ones.
Bars of soap instead of bottles.
Another easy switch is using bars of soap instead of bottles. Bars of soap use much less packaging material than their bottle counterparts. On top of that, a study found that people use 7 times less soap when they wash with a bar versus a bottle. So not only will you be helping the environment, you’ll be saving soap and money.
There’s one plastic item in your daily routine that’s easy to overlook —your toothbrush. Plastic toothbrushes, which are in nearly every bathroom, are another example of a product that fills up landfills. Bamboo toothbrushes, however, are sustainably-grown and have biodegradable handles. An added plus of using a bamboo toothbrush: the wood is naturally antimicrobial.
Making environmentally conscious changes doesn’t have to be stressful or overwhelming. Swapping out bathroom basics for more eco-friendly products is a perfect way to begin your journey to a more sustainable life. And hey—we think a bamboo razor or toothbrush looks cuter anyway.