earth friendly bathroom swaps

The plastic situation on this planet is real. So real even Kanye West Ye is tweeting about it.

Here are four easy earth-friendly bathroom swaps, none of which is making your own toothpaste.

On the subject of teeth, switching to a recyclable toothbrush like this one from Boie USA:

 The Boie USA Toothbrush is made from BPA-free materials and is designed to last up to two times longer than a traditional toothbrush. The brush head is made from thermoplastic elastomer. TPE combines the properties of rubber (soft and pliable) with the benefits of thermoplastic. The result is a flexible and 100% recyclable material.

The Boie USA Toothbrush is made from BPA-free materials and is designed to last up to two times longer than a traditional toothbrush. The brush head is made from thermoplastic elastomer. TPE combines the properties of rubber (soft and pliable) with the benefits of thermoplastic. The result is a flexible and 100% recyclable material.

The soft rubber is great for aggressive brushers like myself, protecting my teeth and gums from erosion while still providing an excellent clean. Using this toothbrush feels like a mouth massage. And you can order replacements of just the head. Some of the reviews were really weird like, “This toothbrush is HUGE! Way too large for me.” umm….the toothbrush is normal sized. Or “Great aesthetic, I’m proud to keep on display my pink toothbrush.” is Architectural Digest sporadically dropping by to take photos of your bathroom? People are so weird. When will I learn not to read the comments? And that’s coming from someone who said mouth massage.

Also from Boie USA, the body scrubber.

Still using a loofah? And then what happens to that germ infested thing when you’re finished with it in a month? Into the trash? Well.

There is a better way.

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Unlike a loofah that traps dead skin cells and provides the perfect environment (warm + moist) for breeding bacteria, the Boie USA body-scrubber is antimicrobial. And it’s made of a material that should be durable enough for at least 6 months of regular use. When it’s worn through it’s 100% recyclable. My only complaint about the body scrubber is it’s a little more awkward to hold than a different rubber scrubber that I purchased in the past from amazon. But really #champagneproblems

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The switch from disposable cotton balls to washable facial rounds is so simple; I’m embarrassed to have not done it ages ago.

Using a cotton ball to apply toner in the morning and at night means those things go quickly. Quickly into the trash, where they sit forever.

Switching to washable facial rounds is not only earth-friendly, it’s wallet friendly too. I’m sure I spend $30 - $40 annually on cotton balls. Spending $16 for 20 rounds (really ∞ ) from Marley’s Monsters is a no-brainer.

At first when I started using these I noticed some of my product was just rolling off the facial round into the sink, but after a few trips through the washing machine they are perfectly absorbent.

Shampoo bars are a great alternative to liquid shampoos—they’re greener, cheaper, and travel-friendly. Shampoo bars have no need for additional plastic packaging. They’re megaconcentrated, saving trips to the store. When traveling with a shampoo bar as opposed to a traditional bottle you don’t have to worry about it exceeding TSA size limits or leaking all over your favorite silk blouse. I like this one from Lush. It smells lovely and creates a nice lather, a quality you don’t always get from an eco product.

What eco swaps have you made? Visit Planet or Plastic? National Geographic’s multiyear effort to raise awareness about the global plastic trash crisis.


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