While learning ways to reduce waste and live a more sustainable lifestyle in the kitchen, I realized how all aspects of my life have wasteful tendencies: especially when it comes to the products I consume. One of my favorite YouTubers, Shelbizleee, has been my go-to during the initial stages of adopting this waste-free way of living. The video below inspired so many simple changes in my life and I think you may find it helpful too!
Here are some eco-friendly habits to include in your get-ready routine:
One waste-free (and free) change: turn the water off when you brush your teeth!
When it’s time to upgrade your toothbrush, skip the plastic and pick up one [sustainably] made of bamboo. Wondering what to do with the collection of plastic toothbrushes you’ve already acquired? USE THEM! Fortunately, companies like Tom’s of Maine and Colgate offer recycling programs for toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, and even dental floss containers!
Skip the plastic tube of toothpaste, you have options! From tabs to metal tubes, there are so many options when it comes to your oral hygiene products. Natural herbs including parsley, cilantro, and basil also aid help bad breathe. Looking for an all-natural alternative to gum? Chew mint!
There are also alternatives for mouth wash.
Avoid using face scrubs with plastic micro-beads.
Choose a face brush that’s sustainably made.
Consider washing your face as part of your shower routine to reduce water waste or simply turn the sink off as you scrub!
Shampoo & Soap Bars
Did you know you can cut back on plastic (and clutter) in the shower by switching to shampoo bars? I’ll admit I don’t shampoo often so I’m still working through a bottle I bought over a year ago I made it a plan to switch to a shampoo bar the next time I run out. Not only are these good for the environment, most brands I’ve explored typically have more hair healthy and natural ingredients than regular shampoo.
There are cleaners and makeup removing balms that also skip the plastic bottle. Lush has the best Lush Sleepy Face Cleansing Balm made with natural ingredients. This is one of the first Lush products I’ve purchased that I would definitely get again. Check out Lush’s Plastic Free products page.
Time your showers! While unrelated to plastics, reducing your water waste by a little bit every day can do wonders for the ocean.
While plastic loofas are available in almost every color consider a more eco- and body-friendly option. Consider the chemical makeup of that loofa compared to an all-natural, sustainably made bamboo brush. Clean body, clean living!
Turn wash clothes into reusable cotton rounds to avoid purchasing single-use cotton rounds.
Have you been keeping up with the Plastic [is a] Waste series?
cheers to finding easy, eco-friendly alternative, xo Bri
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Kitts, Eric. “Can I Recycle My Toothbrush?” Soundview Family Dental, 15 June 2019, soundviewfamilydental.com/blog/can-i-recycle-my-toothbrush/.