SUSTAINABLE LIVING

Easy Zero Waste Bathroom Swaps

Having a zero waste bathroom isn’t so hard, if you have the right tools for the job. You should use up whatever you have in your bathroom already before purchasing a zero waste option. This way, you’re not wasting a product just because it’s packaged in plastic. You really don’t need that many products to have a functional bathroom. We at vertemode.com put together some of our personal favorite zero waste bathroom swaps that are highly recommended.

Scrub brush

One Ocean Body Brush – Designed in Finland, this natural wood and bristle body brush has been part of the traditional Scandinavian bathing and wellness ritual for centuries. Ergonomically shaped, the smooth contours fit perfectly in the hand.  In addition to exfoliating, cleaning pores, increasing energy and reducing cellulite, our favorite benefit of dry brushing is that it stimulates lymph flow to help the body detoxify naturally. For best results, add exercise to your regime and condition after brushing and bathing with our Body Boost Duo.  

Shampoo and Conditioner

We’re in love with Plaine Products, a company solely committed to providing zero waste alternatives. All their products are free of nasty chemicals, with ingredients that are run through the Environmental Working Group’s database to make sure they are safe and non-toxic, even for babies.

Deodorant

This deodorant is scientifically-proven to eliminate B.O.-causing bacteria 40% faster than other leading natural deodorants. The refillable container is designed to be durable and easy to travel with.

  1. Charcoal
  2. Off-White
  3. Gray
  4. Neon
  5. Skip

Shaving

SENSITIVE SKIN RAZOR

If you’ve tried every razor under the sun and come up empty-handed, The Single is here to set things straight. With just one single blade, this razor provides a close shave without all the hair-pulling and razor burn that usually follows, even for those of us with the thickest of curls. Built so that it applies just the right amount of pressure, there’s no pressing down or re-shaving involved, either––just a future free from pesky ingrown hairs and irritation. Includes a pack of 10 blades.

Floss

Zero waste floss. Dental Lace is a great company for plastic-free silk floss.

  • Zero waste Fashionable and eco-friendly mint waxed dental floss.
  • The planet, your teeth and your dentist will thank you for using this updated Dental Lace dental floss.
  • The lovely container is 100% recyclable and the floss itself is compostable.
  • The 100% silk floss is waxed with candelilla wax and has a pleasant mint flavor.
  • Includes one fashionable recyclable, refillable container and two spools of floss. USA company based in Maine.

Here is a bamboo-fiber option if you prefer vegan.

Toothbrush

There are a lot of misconceptions about what constitutes a zero waste toothbrush. It doesn’t help that innumerable companies falsely claim their toothbrushes are compostable. 

An ideal zero waste toothbrush would be 100% home compostable, including the packaging, handle, and bristles with no disassembly required. If it doesn’t satisfy that then the product is not truly zero waste. 

Packaging is pretty self-explanatory. The same rules apply to every zero waste product we seek: it must be either naked or come in reusable (i.e. glass and metal) containers or compostable ones.

Toothpaste

Natural toothpaste does take some time to adjust to because it’s very different from conventional toothpaste. It has a different texture, isn’t sweet and it can be clay-like. Uncle Harry’s make natural toothpaste containing antibacterial ingredients in reusable glass jars with a plastic lid.

Makeup Remover

The Face Halo is like a plush towel in cotton round form. The 3D texture is actually really good at scrubbing off mascara and getting lipstick out of the small crevices—and that’s without makeup remover. Also it’s the size of about three classic cotton rounds, so you can get your whole face done with one. After they are dirtied up, you can just throw these in the wash with the towels.

Hand soap

Kirk’s Original Coco Castile Bar Soap Soothing Aloe Vera:

  • Natural and Hypoallergenic Formula – Great for the whole Family!
  • FREE OF: Sulfates, Parabens, Phthalates, Artificial Fragrance, EDTA, Colorants, Gluten
  • Natural Fragrance with Essential Oils, Premium Coconut Oil and Soothing Aloe Vera
  • Available in Orginal Fresh Scent and Fragrance Free as well

Toilet Paper

The Zero Waste Home: 11 Alternatives for Bathroom Essentials | buymeonce.com

It is almost impossible to get plastic-free toilet paper! However, Australian company WhoGivesACrap – who make their TP from bamboo and sugarcane – have a US site, and also donate 50 percent of their profits to help build toilets in developing countries.

Period Products

Use reusable pads in combination with a silicone cup, such as this OrganiCup Menstrual Cup, one of the softest cups on the market and can be used for up to 12 hours at a time.  It also comes packaged in a recycled, biodegradable carton and a storage pouch made from 100% organic cotton. Once you get used to it, you’ll love it! .

Contraceptives

Not something we really think about when talking about zero-waste but it is important. No contraceptive is zero-waste. IUDs and implants are the closest; they last for three to five years and only have the packaging and medical equipment required for insertion, but they are not suitable for everyone. Speak to your doctor about your options.

Companies like L Condoms, Glyde, Sustain and Sir Richard’s make vegan and more ethical condoms. Additionally, they either perform HIV/AIDS research or donate condoms to developing countries.

Toilet Brushes

The Zero Waste Home: 11 Alternatives for Bathroom Essentials | buymeonce.com

This is another one most people forget! Most brushes are made of plastic, but you can buy wooden onesRedecker is a German company selling many types of wooden brushes and they look great too!

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