I’m still on a journey of reducing my single use plastic, but I’m really pleased to report that I have now replaced most of my bathroom big brand products over to natural zero waste ones. It’s quite a journey replacing everyday products, as often you try things that don’t work as well. Thats why I thought I’d share with you the products that I’ve found, that work really efficiently to save you doing all the research I’ve done!
I invested in a bamboo toothbrush as I was horrified to read over a billion toothbrushes end up in landfill a year; if we all made that swap what a difference we would make!
This toothbrush handle is crafted from sustainable, organic bamboo which is naturally antibacterial, and the bristles are DuPont nylon as recommended by dentists, to care for your teeth and gums.
I love this toothbrush as it’s very comfortable in my mouth, and actually feels a lot better than plastic ones. It’s soft on my gums and cleans my teeth well, and is a nice size; a very successful swap!
Truth paste is the best natural toothpaste I’ve found; it’s handmade from 100% natural ingredients, and is vegan and cruelty free. It works really well and I love the fact it’s free from fluoride, SLS, triclosan, glycerin and palm oil. It comes in fennel or peppermint and wintergreen flavours, which both taste really good, and it comes in completely recyclable packaging.
I loved the post I did with Cloth Mama on zero waste periods, her products are so popular. Make sure you check out Cloth Mama’s website for other zero waste essentials – there are some great items on here!
CHARCOAL DENTAL FLOSS
This floss is made with bamboo charcoal, beeswax and peppermint essential oil. It tastes fresh in your mouth, and is packed in a zero-waste, plastic free glass container. I found it easy to use, and it has a nicer texture than normal dental floss with a lovely minty taste; again a very successful swap.
Check out Eco Green Revolution’s website for loads more eco alternatives.
HIMALAYAN SALT BAR
There obvious benefit of using a Himalayan Salt bar is reducing single use plastic but there are many health benefits too;
- Helps with dry & oily skin, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, acne & gout.
- Helps heal viral, bacteria & fungal infections
- Is a natural deodorant
- Naturally kills bacteria
I like this bar, and it doesn’t leave a gooey mess around the bath like most bars of soap – Win!
MUTINY SHAVING KIT
The Mutiny Shaving Box was a Christmas present from my daughter. It comes in simple, recyclable packaging, and contains a traditional razor that will last years. It’s better for your skin than disposable razors, better for your bank balance (as replacable blades are very inexpensive) and better for the environment. The set also contains a cruelty free shaving brush and handmade soap. This soap lathers up easily, and is made of 100% natural ingredients. It has a lovely spicy, orange scent with added kaolin to add a smooth moisturising finish to your shave. I love this shaving set and think it also makes a great gift for anyone looking for eco replacements.
OIL PULLING MOUTHWASH
Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic practise, and something I find so effective for mouth freshening and detoxing . Oil pulling with coconut oil sometimes makes me gag, then that puts me off doing it, but this Activated Charcoal Mouthwash is the perfect consistency for me. It freshens my breath, whitens my teeth, and just generally making my mouth feel cleaner. Activated Charcoal traps bacteria and removes stains, while cleansing and whitening your teeth naturally. This mouthwash is a great swap and very reasonably priced too.
Check out Wearth London’s website as they have some great products on there.
ZERO WASTE NATURAL DEODORANT
It’s taken me a while to find a natural deodorant that works, I like the tropic one, but it comes in plastic, whereas this one comes in cardboard which I think is a great idea. It comes in lots of different scents, which all smell lovely and natural, instead of the very overpowering smell by normal aerosol deodorants. It’s made here in the UK, in Wales, and is cruelty free. I find it easy to use and it works very effectively too.
What do think of these products? Will you try any of them? Have you been trying to cut down on your single use plastic? Have you found any great natural alternative products? I’d love to hear in the comments below!