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Plastic-Free Bathroom Products

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Today’s let’s focus on plastic-free bathroom products and toiletries.

The bathroom is a great place to start because our quest to be clean shouldn’t dirty the planet (or something like that!).

 I’ve put together some plastic-free bathroom products and toiletries ideas available for home delivery.  The great news is that interest in eco-friendly products is growing every day.  Therefore, your local shops may have a good selection.  There are also a load of DIY beauty products you can make, such as this homemade facial oil.

The Plastic-Free Bathroom Products

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Washing

plastic-free bathroom products

For bathing try these bath Salts* (£5) from Handmade Haven Soaps.  They’re plastic-free and made in small batches.

When it comes to hair washing, then try this Hemp & Honey Solid Shampoo Bar* (£4.60) from Aromawakening.  Plastic-free and free from SLES, SLS, parabens, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrance & preservatives.  I also have a handy guide to plastic-free conditioner.  

In terms of hands, I like Friendly Soap* from Ethical Superstore (£2.60) as a really great plastic-free bathroom product.  The ingredients are biodegradable so there’s no waste. Poppy seeds and hemp take the place of microplastics to gently exfoliate the skin. None of the products or ingredients are tested on animals. Meanwhile, the soaps are Vegan certified and contain no palm oil. Check out my guide to sustainable soaps for more ideas.

Teeth

georganics plastic-free shops

I’ve heard great things about these bamboo toothbrushes* (£3.25) from &Keep.  Particularly because you can buy different colours allowing you to easily tell which toothbrush belongs to which family member.  They also sell kids bamboo toothbrushes (£3.75).

 So far I’ve sadly found that bamboo toothbrushes are not my bag.  If they’re not yours then the Preserve Toothbrush* (£3.49) from Ethical Superstore is your next best option.  Made from recycled yoghurt pots and fully recyclable, it’s got some mighty fine green credentials.  

For toothbrushing, try this Natural Peppermint Toothpaste* from Georganics (£6.80).  Lush used to sell tooth cleaning tabs in a cardboard box.  However, they’ve now altered the packaging to a plastic bottle for some reason.  I didn’t get on with the tabs – you can read more about the sorry tale here – but this natural toothpaste in a glass jar is a better alternative.

Don’t forget to floss!  The good news is that Georganics Dental Floss (£4.90) comes in a glass jar, rather than plastic.  The floss is also 100% vegan as rather than being coated with beeswax, the floss is coated in vegetable was and essential oils.  Compost it too – pop it in your food waste bin for collection when you’re done.

Plastic-Free Bums

ecoleaf toilet paper plastic-free

Plastic-free toilet paper is a complex picture.  Rather than go into it here, do check out my guide to the best plastic-free toilet paper for a comprehensive look at what the best options are out there.  

Primping and Preening

plastic-free bathroom products

When it comes to your hair, I have my eyes on this Wooden Vegan Hairbrush* (£8.95) from &Keep.  Most brushes I’ve found have boar bristles but this lovely vegan one has wooden bristles.

And for hair removal, this Shaving Soap* (£2.95) from Ethical Superstore is a great choice.  Suitable for vegans and vegetarians, this coffee and cedarwood shaving soap is free from palm oil, parabens, SLS/SLES, phthalates, triclosan.  What’s more, it’s also certified cruelty free with no animal testing.  Handmade in the UK, it’s also packaged in plastic-free recyclable cardboard packaging. I’ve got a whole guide to eco-friendly shaving, so do check it out.

For makeup, try these natural linen and unbleached Make-Up Remover Pads* (£6), again from Handmade Haven Soaps, or make your own!

Have you found any other great plastic-free bathroom products and toiletries?  Do pop them in the comments below!

And enjoyed this post?  Check out my guides to eco-friendly period products, plastic-free conditioner, plastic-free makeup, and even plastic-free makeup remover.

Fashion, Life & Style

Ethical Outfit of the Day

I thought I’d share another ethical outfit of the day / What I Wore post as the novelty of being able to wear regular clothes still hasn’t worn off 3 months in!  I’m hoping with a bit of practice I’ll be a bit less awkward in front of the camera too – I have to say I’m definitely much happier behind the camera!

My Ethical Outfit of the Day

people tree parka outfit of the day

Pistill Dress c/o Gudrun Sjödén /  Annie Casual Parka c/o People Tree*

What do you think of my outfit of the day?  What I will say is that this Pistill Dress from Gudrun Sjödén is a new favourite – super soft and really easy to wear.  Unusually for a dress, it doesn’t even need ironing before wearing, which is always something I value highly!  Nothing I hate more than ironing.  Just pop it on and out I go, which these days is a blessing.  I love the mixed patterns of the dress too – it gives it a bit of cheekiness!

The Annie Parka from People Tree was something I received during my pregnancy, but I found that wearing a parka whilst pregnant was not the most flattering, shall I say.  Thankfully, with my body almost back to relative normality, the parka is actually very flattering and pretty much perfect for spring.  Light and providing just enough protection from April showers, it’s my go-to jacket at the moment.  To be honest, with the great Scottish track record of weather, I’ll probably be wearing it all the way through from now until Autumn!

Ethical Fashion Reads

I’ve got some interesting ethical fashion articles for you, while I’m here:

Firstly, in case you missed it, this post from Ethical Consumer magazine on Are Any High Street Shops Ethical?

This post on Can We Afford To Shop Ethically? made for a solid read.

The Child Labour Experiment – the title says it all really.

Am I A Fool To Expect More Than Corporate Greenwashing from Lucy Siegle is an interesting read about H&M.

And finally, Fashion Revolution Week runs from 18th to 24th April.  Don’t forget to ask retailers #whomademyclothes.