LOW-WASTE BATHROOM ESSENTIALS

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When I first started my sustainability journey, I was overwhelmed by the amount of things I was supposed to change and swap. I learnt that the best practice is to use what you already have and only swap and change when it’s worn out. With that being said, Here are my low waste bathroom essentials:
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All Metal Razor
When I made the switch to a safety razor, I was quite skeptical and scared I would cut myself. It never happened. I use an all metal razor from UpCircleBeauty (a small British company that also make skincare products). The blades are recyclable and the company even offers to take back the blades and recycle them for you, and even offers a discount for the next purchased blades.

I have heard great things about The Leaf Shave Razor. Fully metal, with recyclable blades and pivoting head. It looks like a modern (regular) razor, but it does come at a higher price point.

Single-use plastic razor sit in the landfill for hundreds of years. This is a very simple and economic switch. Your wallet and skin will thank you. Say goodbye to razor burns
Shampoo, Conditioner & Rinse
When it comes to shampoo there is no one size fits all, as our hair is different. Making the switch to a solid shampoo can be tricky because it takes a while for your hair to get used to the good ingredients. I look for a product to be palm oil free, organic ingredients (and as few as possible) and to buy it local. I buy mine from a local Mexican store in London. I also tried and liked shampoos from Lush Cosmetics Funky Soap

If you want silly hair the best trick is to rinse your hair with a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water. This leaves your hair manageable and silky. (You don’t need to buy the rinse, just make it at home with two simple ingredients)
Oral Health
There are many options out there, but the main point is to stop buying plastic toothbrushes, mouthwash and if possible toothpaste. My choice for toothbrush is a bamboo with biodegradable nylon bristles. I also own an electric toothbrush and I use recyclable heads (you can send them back and the manufacturer with recycle them).

You can find toothpaste in a jar, tablets, powder and in a metal tube. For mouthwash you can also find tables and you simply dissolve them.

For floss you can opt for a glass container or a water pik.
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Deodorant
There are many options out there, but before you choose which one suits you do a fast search on the realities of the “typical” deodorant ( little hint: aluminium is highly toxic and it is in most of the drugstore products).

You can find deodorants in glass jars, crystal salt deodorant in cork, refillable ones or biodegradable push up tubes. You can even make your own.
SUSTAINABLE PERIOD PRODUCTS

“People in the U.S. bought 5.8 billion tampons, and over the course of a lifetime, a single menstruator will use somewhere between 5 and 15 thousand pads and tampons, the vast majority of which will wind up in landfills as plastic waste.”

Period products will the landfill, and not only are the bad for the environment, but also for the user as most of them are bleached and full of plastic. You can find organic cotton pads ( I use NatraCare), menstrual cups, & organic cotton period underwear (I use Thinx). 

LOW WASTE MAKEUP & BEAUTY ROUTINE PRODUCTS

This is one of the most wasteful areas of our lives. Less is more. I stick to natural skincare and makeup. I like brands like RMS, Ilia, Ere Perez  for makeup. For skincare I have made a list of natural and organic brands worth trying. 

Not everything is plastic free, especially when it comes to mascaras. 

TOILET PAPER / BIDET
I bet you never thought about where your toilet paper is sourced from. I honestly hadn’t either until I came across bamboo toilet paper and started doing research into it. I came to find that the regular toilet paper is virgin paper pulp made from wood aka cutting down trees to wipe our touchies. You can opt for bamboo toilet paper, that comes in plastic free packaging (I like The Cheeky Panda ) or use a bidet.

“Fifteen percent of deforestation is due to toilet paper production alone, according to the Natural Resource Defense Council. America is literally flushing the planet’s resources down the toilet. That’s strange, as there’s been an ecological alternative around for centuries: the bidet.”

“Annually, it takes 1.7 trillion liters (437 billion gallons) of water, 253,000 tons of bleach, and 15 million trees to feed America’s toilet paper habit.
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