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