One day I walked into my bathroom and realized that my counter, cabinets and shower shelves were all lined with dozens of plastic containers containing lotions, soaps, toners, toothpastes, deodorants and hair products. I didn’t realized that personal care products create so much waste. There are many ways that you can limit your plastic waste produced from toiletry products.
Use bar soaps instead of bottled soaps. I personally was not a fan of bar soaps, but I’ve learned to love them! If you swap out your hand soaps and body washes with bar soaps, you’ll reduce your plastic consumption. They even have shampoo and conditioner bar soaps. Also, it’s much easier to find natural bar soaps than natural liquid soaps. I even use an olive oil bar soap to clean my makeup brushes. My favorite place to find cheap, organic bar soaps are at flea markets. Otherwise, my family usually buys soap from Whole Foods, Trader Joes or 100Percent Pure. Don’t forget to pick out a fun soap dish to go with it!
Attention all facial toner and makeup users! Did you ever think about all the waste you produce by using cotton rounds to swipe on your daily toner or take off your makeup? Reusable cotton rounds can help solve that issue. You can throw them in with your load of laundry and they’ll last for years. This is a sustainable product that you can actually make yourself! You also might consider using natural products as toners, such as witch hazel and apple cider vinegar.
How many toothbrushes have you thrown away in your lifetime? Since we are supposed to swap out our toothbrushes every three months, we go through at least four toothbrushes a year. The good news is, compostable toothbrushes are on the rise. The handles are typically made from bamboo rather than plastic. Unfortunately, the bristles are not compostable. However, bristles made from nylon-6 are easier to recycle. Some people pull out the bristles to recycle and toss the handle in the compost. I know that these toothbrushes aren’t perfect yet, but at least your entire toothbrush won’t sit in the landfill forever! Also, if you’re looking for a natural way to whiten your teeth, activated charcoal works wonders.
Create your own products! The best way to reduce your toiletry waste is to mix your own lotions, scrubs, soaps, toothpastes and deodorants. They are relatively easy to make and you have the freedom experiment with your favorite essential oils. When you run out, all you have to do is rinse out your jar and make another batch. Make sure to look up recipes that use natural products. The good news is, there are recipes for all sorts of specialized products, such as eczema creams. If you’re not interested in creating your own products, natural oils act as great moisturizers and bath brushes are great exfoliators.
Buy in in bulk. If there are some products that you absolutely cannot go without, try your best to buy that product in bulk. It’ll reduce packaging material. Yes, it may be a little more pricey at the time, but it will last you longer so you’ll have to make fewer trips to the store, saving you time and money in the long run!
Try out eco-friendly feminine products. Conventional pads and tampons are bleached with chemicals, such as chlorine, and the cotton used to make these products can contain pesticides. These products also contain plastic, meaning that they will never break down. Now many stores, such as Target, carry organic and biodegradable feminine options. Since these products are made with organic cotton, so they are pesticide free, and do not contain bleaching chemicals like chlorine. Be sure to keep an eye out for these brands the next time you’re shopping. Also, you might want to try out products similar to DivaCups.