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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.

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Washing

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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.

Teeth

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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

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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

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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.

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How To Reduce Plastic In the Bathroom

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Today I have a fantastic guest post from Jai Richard, writer of the blog Tea for Bohemia on the steps she is taking to reduce plastic use in her bathroom.

Like many people, I strive to reduce the amount of plastic that enters my house.  I take my canvas bags to the supermarket.  I don’t buy bottled water. And, on occasion, I have been ridiculed for taking home and washing the plastic cutlery due to be disposed of at the end of a picnic. However, it was only relatively recently that I realised that plastic need not be an unavoidable fact of life should I wish to be clean and smell nice.

For the dedicated, the internet contains a wealth of recipes for cooking up your own soaps or how to boil linseeds to make hair gel. Fantastic! My bookmarks bar is filled with recipes and DIYs that I one day hope to get around to trying. 

However, in all honesty being between houses, with all my worldly possessions in storage, and living in a pimped up cupboard under the stairs, there is a lot to be said for the convenience of simply being able to buy a deodorant.  As such, I’ve focused on things you can buy rather than make.  

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After the jump find my suggestions for plastic-free alternatives to everyday bathroom products to make your bathroom a happier place!