We are all about making small sustainable swaps in our homes and lives that can help us leave a more positive impact on the planet.
From choosing more eco-friendly cleaners, to limiting food waste, and opting for healthy personal care products, we believe there is so much we can do to support our health and the health of our planet.
So to get this year of sustainable living and impact off to a great start, we are sharing simple ways that you can make your home more eco-conscious — and the bathroom is one of the best places to begin!
The bathroom is the place in every home where you usually can find some of the most wasteful and unhealthy products lurking in your household. From personal care products filled with sulfates and parabens, to toxic cleaning products filled with chemicals that are impacting our health and our water supply, the bathroom is the room in your home where you can make one of the biggest impacts.
But we know that when you first set out to clean up your bathroom, it can feel overwhelming to know what exactly you should get rid of, and what to replace your old products with. So to help make this process a lot easier, we’re sharing five simple and sustainable swaps you can make today for a more eco-conscious bathroom.
1. Clean Your Teeth With A Biodegradable Bamboo Toothbrush
When was the last time you changed your toothbrush? If you can’t remember it has probably been too long, which means this is the perfect time to make the switch from your plastic toothbrush to a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush.
This product is made with environmentally-friendly bamboo and soft bristles that are perfect for sensitive gums and teeth. Once you are done using your toothbrush, remove the bristles and toss them in the trash. Then you can add the bamboo to your compost where it will naturally biodegrade overtime.
2. Save Some Trees With Tree-Free Toilet Paper And Tissues
Trees are one of Mother Nature’s greatest creations and one of our best chances for reversing our climate crisis as they naturally clean our air, create oxygen for us to breathe, and draw carbon out of the atmosphere and into the soil. For these reasons, it is so important that we all do our part to protect our trees, which is why switching to tree-free toilet paper and tissues is a great eco-friendly bathroom swap!
Made from sustainably sourced bamboo and sugarcane pulp, these tree-free toilet paper and tissues are incredibly soft and durable, which makes them one of our favorite bathroom sustainable swaps for saving the trees and protecting our planet.
Also, Public Goods plants a tree every time you shop with them or sign up for an email list! Combine that benefit with all the trees you’re saving by buying tree-free products, and you’ll be making quite an impact.
3. Opt For Organic Towels
In the market for some new towels for your bathroom? Because conventional cotton is known for its high pesticide content, and is one of the most common materials used for making everything from towels to clothing, opting for organic cotton whenever possible is a great way you can help support and encourage an organic and more environmentally-conscious cotton industry.
These organic cotton towels are incredibly soft, absorbent, and made without any harmful chemical treatments or dyes, which make them healthy for both your skin and the planet.
4. Switch To Green Cleaners
Everyone likes a clean bathroom, but you don’t need a lot of toxic chemicals to get a deep and thorough clean. Not only are these cleaners not healthy for our own bodies to be exposed to, they also will be washed away and exposed to our water supply, which makes it all the more important for each and every one of us to clean up our cleaning products.
To get started, begin by safely disposing cleaners that include ingredients like: ammonia, phthalates, parabens, synthetic fragrance, sodium lauryl sulfate, phthalates and formaldehyde. These ingredients do not need to be in your cleaning products to get a deep clean, and are known to cause skin irritation, act as endocrine disruptors, and are definitely not something we want in our water supply.
Once you have eliminated all the harmful cleaning supplies in your bathroom, start by replacing them with just a few simple and safe cleaners like this all purpose bathroom cleaner, and this glass cleaner.
5. Choose Soap and Shampoo Bars For a Zero Waste Clean
Have goals of going zero waste? Making the switch to bar soap for both your body soap and shampoo are great ways that you can reduce your plastic use in the bathroom and get a great clean. Both these soap and shampoo bars are made using sustainably sourced plant oils and without parabens, synthetic fragrance, and SLS which makes them safe for both your body and planet.
One Step at a Time
Just by making these five simple swaps to your bathroom, you will already have dramatically reduced the amount of harmful chemicals you are exposed to, and will have taken great steps to reduce your overall waste and impact on the environment.
But remember, not everything has to happen overnight. So instead of trying to make your bathroom a zero waste 100% eco-friendly oasis in one week, opt for replacing one or two products in your bathroom at a time and make a list of the the items you would like to swap out in the future. This strategy will help make the whole process feel a lot more manageable, affordable and sustainable for the long-haul.
Bio: Megan Faletra (MS, MPH, RDN) is a global health dietitian, sustainability advocate, and the founder of The Well Essentials. Her mission is to help others discover what it means to reconnect with their food, culture, and daily choices to create social change in our global food system, and sustainable health equity globally.
Megan has a Master of Public Health from Tufts University School of Medicine and a Master of Science from Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition. As a global health professional, Megan has worked both domestically and abroad to address social justice in our food system, and health equity globally.
When Megan is not working, you will find her living in Vermont with her husband, where she loves to cook seasonally from her garden and be outside in nature as much as possible.
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