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Tips to De-Plastify your Bathroom

Looking to give your bathroom a sustainable overhaul?

With the internet being an endless web of different eco products, all claiming to save the world in their own wonderful ways, it can be overwhelming to choose which one to pick. But baby don’t worry about a thang, you don’t have to go through it on your own! We’ve done the dirty work for you and chosen some of the best eco-friendly bathroom items, based on how much the companies offset their carbon footprint, reducing/eliminating plastic packaging as well as checking that their raw materials were responsibly sourced.

We’ve made sure to check cruelty-free and vegan-friendly certification, and whether they contain parabens, palm oil and other toxic chemicals. The UK-based brands obviously mean less transport-related carbon footprint, but as they might not suit everyone’s needs, we’ve added on option to please even the most international… derrieres!

Plastic-Free Shampoos

Kaffir Lime & Peppermint Solid Shampoo

70g solid shampoo bar, which we found works well even on curly, dry hair, leaving it soft and shiny. Perfect for the no-nonsense travellers amongst us who like the feel of a sturdy bar of soap.
However, if you’re not into rubbing a hard bar of soap onto your lush locks, we have the perfect alternative!

Produced by: All Natural Soap UK
Made in: London, UK
Made of: Coconut milk, 9 base oils, essential oils and kaffir lime
Packaging: Recycled paper
Price: £7.95
Room for improvement: We love this product through and through!

Citrus Coco shampoo

Citrus Coco shampoo has an incredible, natural citrus aroma. Made with 100% raw ingredients and if you opt for their aluminum bottles, Kind Beeuty will offer you a refill solution!

Produced by: Kind Beeuty
Made of: Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Black Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Lavender, Lemon, and Rosemary Essential Oils
Packaging: Aluminium, plastic-free refill bottle -You have the option to return the bottle to be reused, email the company and they will send you a free returns label. Yay for a circular supply chain!
Made in: UK 
Price: £7.95
Room for improvement: Their other packaging option is not plastic-free yet.

Photo from https://www.conscious-skincare.com/natural-organic/sulfate-free-shampoo-pure/

Conscious Skincare

This Pure Sulfate Free Shampoo from Conscious Skincare is toxin and fragrance-free, only containing natural ingredients such as Aloe Vera and Jojoba Oil. We love this brand because they are suitable for vegans and anyone who has sensitive skin. They are approved by the Vegetarian SocietyPETA, and carry the Leaping Bunny Cruelty Free logo.

Produced By: Conscious Skincare
Made in: Wales, UK
Packaging: Completely plastic free as of this month!
Price: £12 for 250gr
Room for Improvement: As Jojoba and Aloe Vera are non-native to the UK, there’s the obvious carbon cost of bringing them over.

Bamboo toothbrushes

They are admittedly more pricey than their plastic counterparts. But think about it. The dentists say we’re supposed to change our toothbrushes every 3 months. That’s 4 per year. Meaning that, at the age of 30, a young adult has already consumed at least 120 plastic toothbrushes (make that 108, I personally switched to bamboo 2 years ago.) The issue with toothbrushes is that it is very difficult to make bristles that are plastic-free. Some companies offer bristles made from pig hair, but that doesn’t really cut it for us! Apart from not being vegan friendly, they’re also more prone to retaining bacteria. 

Zero Waste Club

One of our favourite bamboo toothbrush brand is Zero Waste Club, as they pledge to plant a tree per toothbrush sold. They do this in China, where they source their bamboo from. That definitely ticks our “Responsible Business” box!

Produced by: Zero Waste Club
Made of: Bamboo and Nylon
Where from: UK
Price: £3.99
Room for improvement: Bristles are made of nylon, which is made from petroleum (i.e. plastic), and obviously shipping from China will be carbon-costly.

The Environmental Toothbrush

Produced from the most sustainable type of bamboo (Moso), this company takes great pride in treating the material through a process of “carbonization”, which makes the toothbrush resistant to mould. 

Produced by:  The Environmental Toothbrush
Made of: Bamboo
Where from: Australia
Price: £2.69
Room for improvement: As above, shipping from Asia will have its share of carbon footprint

Deodorants

We Love The Planet

We Love The Planet is a London-based brand which offers luxurious cream and velvety balm deodorants in recycled cardboard or aluminium packaging. They come in 5 different scents: “Original Orange”, “Mighty Mint”, “Lovely Lavender”, “So Sensitive” and “Sweet Serenity”.

Produced by: We love the Planet
Made of: the base is made from a combination of Beeswax, Coconut Oil and Maize starch powder 
Where from: London
Price: £8.99

Biork’s

Biork’s makes a brilliant 100% natural and plastic-free deodorant stick, which needs to be slightly wet before use.
The packaging is made of cork sourced from sustainable Portuguese Cork forests. It is pricier than the options above, but you might be happier knowing that the  “One single natural cork alone binds eight grams of the greenhouse gas CO2. Cork helps to preserve one of the most biologically diverse habitats in Portugal.”

Produced by: Biork
Made of: potassium crystal alum, a mineral salt naturally occurring in nature
Where from?: Switzerland
Price: £12.20 for 120 g

Procoal London

Activated charcoal is well known in the natural product industry for being one of the most efficient odour-absorbing ingredients, getting rid of the smelly bacteria and leaving your skin fresh and dry all day long!

Produced by: Procoal
Made of: Activated Charcoal, Tapioca Starch, Bicarbonate Soda
Where from: Brighton
Price: £7.99
Room for improvement: Prone to leaving dark marks on pale fabrics so not advisable to use when wearing white shirts!

Toilet Paper

Before starting our research for this article, we had absolutely no idea how absolutely sh..oddy the toilet paper business is!
All major supermarket brands use a certified “FSC mix” (Forest Sustainable Council), which employs timber sourced sustainably. However, as Ethical Consumer rightly put it, what is the point of using virgin forests to make a single-use paper product? Seeing as forests play a vital part in our Planet’s ecosystem, finding a viable alternative to this kind of toilet paper is important.
The three main eco-questions to ask when buying toilet roll are:
1. Is it made of recycled paper?
2. Does it use alternative fibers (such as bamboo)?
3. Is the packaging made with recyclable material?

Here’s the best of what we found…

Essential UK

Essential is our King of the Bog.
UK-based brand, using UK-sourced recycled materials, and their packaging is compostable at home! What more could you want?

Produced by: Essential
Made of: 100% recycled pulp (from commercial waste)
Where from?: UK
Price:£1.99 for 4 rolls

Eco Leaf

Ecoleaf also provide one of the most sustainable alternatives, at least here in the UK: it sources 100% recycled UK-fiber and its packaging is compostable (although not at home, so check with your local council).

Produced by: EcoLeaf
Where from: UK
Made of: 100% recycled pulp (from commercial waste)
Price: £4.75 for 9 rolls

Who Gives A Crap

Who Gives a Crap produce toilet rolls made of sustainably-sourced bamboo. We love them because they donate 50% of their profits to charities such as WaterAid for Australia.

Produced by: Who gives a Crap
Made of: Bamboo or sugar-cane fiber
Where from: Company is Aussie-based but production process takes place in China
Price: £48 for 40 double-length rolls
Room for improvement: Obvious concerns regarding the fact that this product is produced in a country where an oppressive regime is at power.
Also, each roll is wrapped in a fun paper wrap, which we find a bit over the top (and not entirely sustainable)

And last but not least… Behold, the Tushy!

On the subject of wasteful toilet paper, we can’t resist including this for ‘lolz’… For those of us who are not attached to the soft white roll, Tushy might offer a less environmentally-taxing alternative, and they promise to turn your bathroom in the private SPA Oasis you’ve always dreamed of!
This company claims their classic bidet attachment, which boasts a pressure + angle control for a targeted spray and requires NO electricity or plumbing, has a self-cleaning nozzle and is really easy to install (under 10 minutes). Where have you been our whole lives?

It takes 37 gallons of water to produce 1 single toilet paper roll. Tushy says their customers waste a weekly average of 1.3 gallons. That’s 35.7 gallons saved per person per week, and no trees are cut down in the process! 

Produced by: Tushy Classic 
Made of: Recycled plastic 
Where from: US
Price: $69 for Standard version or $99 for Spa version, although your toilet needs to be next to the sink for the latter to work

Et voilá! May your tooshies be clean and green forevermore!

We hope these tips inspire you to take the sustainable route to self-care. However, don’t just ditch all of your plastic products, make sure you use them ’til the end of their life cycle before you chuck them in the (hopefully recycling) bin!

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