Our Insta-feed’s gain is the environment’s loss.Byrdie Beauty
How much of the waste in your bathroom do you actually recycle?
Turns out most of our bathrooms don’t have recycle bins ( I know mine didn’t) As a result, sadly a lot of our waste comes from our bathroom and beauty routines.
Converting to a waste-free beauty and bathroom routine takes time. We’ve most likely been purchasing our lotion, shampoos and body gels out of single-use plastic from the time we can remember. We don’t really know anything else.
It wasn’t until earlier this year that I even considered that cotton buds and pads were just ending in a landfill or the ocean somewhere. I felt even more guilt when I realised how much waste I was contributing with my monthly visitor. As a result I’ve spent the past 6-8 months researching on this topic.
There are many amazing brands out there that are doing such great work in helping our planet. Some have contributed items for this post. All opinions are my own
Rayon, bleach, cotton, fragrance, cotton etc. is what you can expect to find in your “mainstream” tampon or pad. It’s said that these chemicals can disrupt your reproductive and endocrine system. This doesn’t include the environmental impact that a once a month flow can wreak on the environment throughout your lifetime. Think thousands of pounds of garbage. Time to look for organic and most important of all plastic-free period alternatives.
According to Citysea.org.uk “A staggering 4.3 billion disposable menstrual products are used in the UK every year.
Pretty Clever Pants
Dear Kate use Flourish30 for a discount. These were very comfortable and soft (review coming soon!)
Precious Star Pads
Bloom and Nora
No More Taboo
Lunapads (use LUVLUNA15 for 15% off all purchases)
Just Little Changes
Other Period Options:
TOTM (organic period supplies subscription)
DAME (reusable tampon applicator)
Flo (organic tampon subscription)
Grace and Green (organic period supplies)
Hey Girl (Buy One give one scheme to end period poverty)
Ohne (organic tampons)
“In fact it’s estimated that in the US alone between 850 million and over a billion toothbrushes , representing over 50 million pounds weight (22 million kgs) of waste, are discarded and end up in landfill each year. “(Friends of the Earth UK)
Colgate Tooth Powder
Live Coco Recyclable Toothbrush Head for Electric brushes
By 2050, virtually every seabird species on the planet will be eating plastic.By 2050, virtually every seabird species on the planet will be eating plastic.National Geographic
UpCircle Soap Bars: This company repurposes products to create their bars which is a really cool concept! Their fennel and cardamom and cinnamon+ ginger bars sounds divine.
Refillable bath soap and or hand soap (Review on Splosh here)
Your Nature (Compostable packaging deodorant)
Bamboo q tips (Hydrophil, Humble, Go Bamboo Cotton Buds )
Compostable Tube Body Lotion ( Scence)
Blushberry Botanicals (Scottish natural vegan products with minimal packaging)
Refillable Body Lotion
Shaving bar of soap
Plastic Free Sunscreen (Just Skin Food recycled cardboard tube 100% biodegradable.
Biodegradable Deodorant Stick (Ben and Anna)
Evolve Beauty Deodorant Cream
Shaving: Plastic Free Razor or safety razor, Friction Free Shaving recycling scheme, Naked Necessities Naked Shave Razor Kit
Eden Perfumes (vegan perfumes that offer refills)
Salt of the Earth (refillable natural deodorant)
UK consumers are the second biggest users per person of single-use drinks cups, straws, food containers, crisp packets and wet wipes.World Wildlife Fund
Shampoo/Conditioner Bars : LUSH, BeautyKubes and Ethique
Hairy Jayne (filled in reusable bottles)
Faith in Nature (vegan/uses 100% recycled plastic)
Neals Yard (uses recycled plastic)
Alchemy Oils (Recyclable packaging)
Heavy use of make-up has made Britain among the worst plastic polluters in Europe, a new study suggests.(The Telegraph)
LUSH facial bars/facial oils/
Ethique Facial Bars
Axiology Lipstick (recyclable containers)
Reusable cotton rounds use ‘WeGreeco3’ for a discount on Amazon.com
Biodegradable or Organic Face Wipes (Burts Bees, Yes To, Beauty Kitchen, BioDerma, Body Shop, Klorane)
Washable Makeup Remover Cloths (Magnitone London, Face Halo, Liz Earle, Sarah Chapman)
Evolve Beauty Radiant Glow Mask (packaged in reusable glass pot)
BYBI’s Babe Balm ( multipurpose balm, moisturizer etc/biodegradable tube and lid)
Angel Face Mineral Cosmetics (plastic free refill options)
Split your Waste Bin
Take Bin out of your bathroom Entirely
Replace bag with one that’s recyclable, washable or compostable
Use a soap bag
Research packaging return programmes: MAC, Beauty Kitchen, LUSH, Bare Minerals, Beauty Kitchen
Stainless steel dish soap container
Handkerchief or compostable tissues
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