If you're looking to reduce excess waste or plastic usage in your home, the bathroom is a great place to turn to. While it may seem overwhelming given the sheer amount of products on the market that so many of us rely on for personal grooming, there is a growing number of eco-friendly alternatives available now. Our resident eco expert Candice Batista shared some of her favourite products that can seriously help you cut down on waste.
If a bidet or family cloth isn't in the cards for you, one great option is choosing a toilet paper that removes all plastic packaging and uses recycled materials. Who Gives A Crap is an amazing company that makes 100% recycled bamboo toilet paper, and redirects 50% of their profits to sanitation projects in devloping countries. And while fun designs aren't necessary for toilet paper, we can't help but love the fact that their's look so incredibly fun and cute!
Disposable razors are a huge area of plastic waste, and switching to a safety razor can make a big impact on your journey to use less. This gorgeous option from Lisse is available in both rose gold and matte black, and comes with five replacement blades and an organic cotton travel pouch. Ditch the plastic and toxic chemicals, and stop razor bumps with a truly great shave. If that's still not enough to convince you, Lisse donates a portion of sales to Femme International - an organization that works to empower young girls in East Africa through menstrual education so they never have to skip school because of a period ever again.
Lisse safety razor, $79
This is a total game changer - a facial serum, in a bar! Dewmighty's jelly serum bars are long lasting (they typically replace two bottles or two months worth of traditional serum), and have countless benefits for your skin: brightening and evening out skintone, reducing redness and irritation, and promotes a healthy, youthful glow while smoothing the skin. It's suitable for all skin types, is vegan and cruelty free, and dermatologist tested. It comes in a fully recyclable container, and each bar is wrapped in a veggie-coated paper which is compostable so there's nothing to throw in the garbage. There's nothing not to love!
Dewmighty Dynamic Duo Starter Kit, $70 with promo code 20DEWSTART on your first purchase
We know this might be a hard sell for some people, as we spend a lot of time and energy (and let's face it, money) on our hair, but using a shampoo bar instead of a bottle can save an incredible amount of waste, and your hair will still look amazing. Toronto's LoveFresh has perfected their waste-free shampoo bar to clean and nourish your hair with amazing essential oils and all natural ingredients. And there's no question that it smells amazing.
LoveFresh Waste Free Shampoo Bar, $24 CAD
If you're having trouble even picturing how you would go waste free with toothpaste, we were there too - until we discovered Change Toothpaste. Their amazing alternative to traditional oral care products is brilliant in so many ways. Available as small tablets (much like a breath mint), you simply bite down a few times and then begin brushing with a wet toothbrush. The paste activates and becomes foamy like you expect, and leaves your mouth feeling just as fresh and clean as you're used to! Did you know standard toothpaste tubes can't be recycled, and more than 900 million end up in landfills each year? Change Toothpaste comes in a 100% compostable pouch, so there's absolutely no waste.
Change Toothpaste, $9.95