Updated: Sep 17
Reusable, Organic, Biodegradable and Non-Toxic
Hii!! I'm so excited to share with you my top 5 sustainable swaps for your bathroom! As a believer in creating spaces that reflect our best selves while being mindful of the planet, I love these eco-friendly alternatives that will help you transform your daily routines into impactful acts of self-care and sustainability. Remember, not all products that are labeled as "Eco-Friendly" actually are...don't get fooled by greenwashing and take a look at my current favs that I've already researched or pre-tested for you. <3
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Let's start with a small yet significant swap - biodegradable, organic, and eco-friendly bamboo cotton q-tips. This small change can make a real difference in your plastic output - especially if you are using cotton swaps every day. Ditch those plastic ones and opt for these planet-friendly alternatives. By making this simple change, you're reducing waste and making a positive impact on the environment.
Okay, people - these were a game changer for me. I am hella lazy sometimes and I don't want to do the entire face wash routine. So I often opt for wiping my face down with makeup remover wipes or using single-use cotton rounds with micellar water to clean my face at the end of a long day. I started to feel bad about all of that material just going into the trash. So I found these to use instead and I will never go back. (Except for when I travel - Simple Truth face wipes will always be in my carry-on bag.) Say hello to these eco-friendly and zero-waste reusable makeup remover pads. Designed to last for years, these super-gentle pads can be used with your favorite facial products or makeup remover. Simply wash and reuse. Plus, they come with a storage container and cotton laundry bag, making them perfect for home beauty regimes.
For a sustainable and luxurious bathing experience, Gilden Tree offers waffle towels made of unbleached, undyed chemical-free cotton. Through their commitment to sustainability since 1990, Gilden Tree has been at the forefront of environmentally responsible manufacturing before it was cool. With cold-dye processing and certified organic ingredients, every detail is considered to minimize impact. Their towels not only look and feel great but also embody conscious living. I like the "modern" version, but there is a classic option as well - the only difference being the size of the waffle pattern.
I'm guilty of buying cheap foot scrubbers and tossing them the second they become just a little gross - or worse yet, losing them before they've even reached the end of their life. So join me in trying to do better. This is another wonderful product from Gilden Tree. Their Terra Cotta Foot Scrubber is made by women in the Indian Subcontinent using traditional techniques and they are crafted to last 5 or more YEARS. (A far cry from my near-single-use scrubbers). Hand-formed, sun-dried, and fired in a kiln, they never wear out. Gilden Tree values minimizing waste by reusing packaging materials and encouraging retailers to do the same. Rest assured, their products are vegan and never tested on animals. As you can tell his company is one that I'm pretty excited about.
After trying other eco-friendly brands, Blueland products have become a staple in my home. I use their laundry detergent, their hand soap and am planning on switching to their toilet bowl cleaner as soon as I run out of my current bottle. I am sensitive to overpowering smells but these lovely scents don't bother me at all. In fact, I LOVE them. They smell and feel luxurious to use while making me feel good about my impact because Blueland goes above and beyond to provide safer and sustainable options for needs. Eliminate plastic waste and shipping water with Blueland's eco-friendly foaming hand soap tablets. Simply fill your soap pump with water, drop in a tablet, and watch it dissolve to create 9oz of hypoallergenic foaming hand soap. With clean ingredients and certifications like EPA Safer Choice, Leaping Bunny Cruelty-Free, Vegan, B Corp Certified, and Climate Neutral, I think everyone should make the switch. (I swear this is not an ad...I'm just actually in love.)
Alright, this item isn't specifically eco-friendly or anything but it IS pretty cute and you can pair it with your Blueland hand soap for a more aesthetically pleasing bathroom countertop. I personally don't like having branded products sitting out, so I make sure to find countertop receptacles that are cohesive with the rest of my space. (The Blueland bottles are not very aesthetically pleasing and are made of plastic, I think.)
So there you go! Making these sustainable swaps not only contributes to the well-being of our planet, but also allows you to create a beautiful and conscious bathroom space.
Yes, I am aware that the biggest impact on our world comes from large manufacturers, commercial fishing companies, and fossil fuel proponents. But remember, every small change still counts. Embrace the opportunity to align your everyday rituals with your values and join the growing movement of conscious consumers. Let's create spaces that not only inspire us but also leave a lasting impression on the world around us.
Do you have any favorites that I left out? Leave a comment below!