10 Zero-Waste Bathroom Essentials [my favorite swaps]

Today I will go over my best swaps for a zero waste bathroom,

Let’s jump to it:

Over the years, we’ve all become aware of the movement to reduce the use of plastics in order to protect the environment.

300 million tons of plastic are produced globally each year.

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Of that, only about 9% is recycled, and an estimated seven million tons end up in the sea each year.

These numbers led me to make some changes in my lifestyle.

I set out to find low-impact, plastic-free products to replace the damaging ones I’d always used before.

These are products that will help prevent further damage to the environment, but there are other reasons you can feel good about making these swaps, too!

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Here are my favorite swaps, 10 zero-waste bathroom essentials:

1. Ditch the disposables for a long-lasting safety razor

Approximately two billion plastic razors are thrown away each year, according to the EPA.

Since they’re not recyclable, most end up in landfills. Instead of filling your garbage bin with one-time-use pink plastics, try out a reusable safety razor instead!

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EcoRoots Rose Gold Safety Razor is plastic-free, comes in recyclable packaging, and includes five stainless steel replacement blades.

It’s easy to use, great color and design, high-quality and leaves you feeling smooth.

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EcoRoots Zero Waste Safety Razor (32$)

If cost is your concern, don’t let that deter you. It comes with five replacements, and each blade will provide you with about seven uses.

When you consider how much it would cost to buy 42 disposable plastic razors, that price will easily exceed the cost of one safety razor. This was one of my favorite swaps.

Safety razors look better, work better, and they are more cost-efficient over time.

2. Swap out your old, plastic toothbrush for one made of biodegradable bamboo

Over five trillion pieces of plastic toothbrushes are currently floating in our oceans.

One billion are thrown away each year, in just the U.S.

Plastic toothbrushes take hundreds of years to decompose.

Do we really want our great, great-grandchildren pulling pieces of our old Oral-Bs out of the ocean?

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Instead, consider switching to an EcoRoots Bamboo Toothbrush.

They have a nice, simple design, are biodegradable, come in plastic-free, recyclable packaging, and unlike other bamboo toothbrushes, they’re about the same price as a regular toothbrush.

They also have natural, anti-bacterial properties.

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EcoRoots Bamboo Toothbrush (14.90$)

Our great, great grand-children can spend more time zooming around on their hovercrafts instead of scooping chunks of old, plastic toothbrushes out of the path of our ocean’s marine life.

As an added bonus, the bristles are surprisingly soft.

3. Use shampoo and conditioner bars as a substitute for traditional plastic bottles

According to Johnson & Johnson, more than 552 million shampoo bottles may be ending up in landfills every year.

The number thrown out in the U.S. alone each year could fill 1,164 football fields.

Shampoo and conditioner bars are plastic-free, made with more natural ingredients, and quite honestly, they’re more fun to use.

They’re also much easier to travel with than those little bottles that get squashed in your luggage and leak on your clothes.

If Ariel in The Little Mermaid had to use shampoo and conditioner to achieve that perfect, silky style, these are the ones I’d imagine she’d choose.

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Zero Waste Hair Care (10.50$)

EcoRoots makes shampoo and conditioner bars that are vegan, palm oil-free and SLS- free. They also last for 50+ washes, they’re color-safe (another plus for Ariel), cost-effective, smell great, and their website has different bars based on your favorite scent!

4. Replace your single-use tampons with menstrual cups and reusable underwear

In one day in 2015, The Ocean Conservancy collected 27,938 used applicators and tampons on beaches across the globe.

When flushed, they end up in our oceans. When disposed of properly, they sit in a landfill.

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In addition to being eco-friendly, menstrual cups and reusable underwear give you the freedom to live life on your own terms, not your tampon’s timeline.

The Mahina Cup, made of high-quality silicone, is safe, easy, and protects you for twelve hours.

It’s also cost-effective, and will save you about $250 per year.

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Mahina Cup Menstrual Cup (42$)

Alternatively, THINX makes reusable underwear that looks and feel like normal underwear, but absorb two tampons’ worth of liquid.

Thinx (34$)

They’re made of moisture-wicking material that controls odor and bacteria.

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I alternate between the two, depending on how much protection I need and what activities I have planned for that particular day.

5. Look for plastic-free toothpaste and floss instead of plastic tubes and containers

In the U.S. each year, 32 million pounds of plastic waste is attributed to floss containers and 26 million to toothpaste tubes.

If you’re not interested in making your own toothpaste to keep in a jar by your sink, I recommend trying Davids

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Davids Toothpaste (9.95$)

It comes in a recyclable metal tube, but what I like even more than that is that it’s made with natural ingredients.

Regular toothpaste tubes are covered in long, unpronounceable words, many of which have questionable effects on your health. Davids makes a natural toothpaste that you can feel good about.

It’s better for the environment, better for you, and it’s not tested on animals like most regular toothpastes are.

For a sustainable floss option, Lucky Teeth makes bamboo floss that comes in a cute little refillable jar!

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Lucky Teeth Bamboo Floss (9.99$)

Their floss is biodegradable and vegan, and contains charcoal and essential oils to keep your teeth sparkling clean without any harsh chemicals.

6. Let reusable facial rounds take the place of single-use cotton balls

Surprisingly, cotton production accounts for 16% of insecticide releases across the globe.

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Cotton beats out all other crops in the amount of chemical pesticides required to protect from insects and other pests. These insecticides can leak into the ground and pollute surrounding groundwater.

A well-placed jar of single-use cotton balls may look like a cute bunch of bunny bottoms, but they may contain traces of chemicals that are bad for your skin.

EcoRoots makes organic reusable cotton rounds without harsh chemicals.

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EcoRoots Reusable Facial Rounds (10.95$)

They’re more sustainable than single-use cotton balls, biodegradable, come in plastic-free recyclable packaging, and they’re just as soft.

7. Use sustainable, plastic-free toilet paper as a fill in for toilet papers wrapped in plastic

27,000 trees are cut down daily just to make toilet paper.

Each individual American will use the equivalent of 384 trees in toilet paper in their lifetime.

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Deforestation has a major impact on wildlife and ecosystems.

Regular toilet papers are also wrapped in plastic, which ends up in the ocean, like many of the other pre-swap products on this list.

Who Gives A Crap makes toilet paper without trees, they offer free shipping on most orders, and they donate 50% of their profits to help build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world.

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Who Gives A Crap 100% RECYCLED TOILET PAPER (30$)

Their products come individually wrapped in paper rather than plastic. They offer toilet paper made of 100% recycled materials, and one that’s made of, you guessed it, bamboo. Those pandas are really onto something.

8. Cut out aerosol shaving cream containers and let shaving soap bars smooth your skin

The EPA has warned that emissions from hydrocarbons and various other gases increased by almost 60 percent between 1990 and 2009.

Hydrocarbons are another source of harmful greenhouse gases contributing to climate change.

Many shaving cream containers are made with recyclable materials, but because of the use of hydrocarbon propellants, many recycling centers won’t accept them.

Rather than buying plastic or metal shaving bottles, I recommend trying out a shaving soap bar, like Tierra Mia Organics.

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Tierra Mia Organics Shaving Soap (4.99$)

Their shaving soap bar contains cocoa butter and coconut oil, lathers well, and gently exfoliates.

It costs about the same as a name-brand can of shaving cream, but a little goes a long way. Its natural ingredients like goat milk and Vitamin A make it great for sensitive skin, too!

9. Remove plastic-tube-contained chemical deodorants from your life and try out a biodegradable, natural deodorant stick  

Recent medical studies have revealed that a large number of parabens (one of the main ingredients in regular deodorants) were found in over 70% of women with breast cancer.

The aluminum in deodorants is also a water pollutant, damaging ecosystems, and marine life if it ends up in the ocean.

The tube itself that deodorant comes in is usually recyclable, but not all of its component parts. So, like the aerosol shaving cream cans, deodorant tubes may not be accepted by all recycling centers.

Meow Meow Tweet makes a deodorant stick that not only has a really fun name, but is also free of harmful chemicals, and comes in biodegradable packaging.

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Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant (14$)

My favorite is the lemon eucalyptus & rose geranium, but it also comes in lavender bergamot, grapefruit, and cedar spruce.

They’re made with essential oils, and plant and mineral powders, so you can feel good about meow meow deodorizing!

10. Shift to recyclable, natural lip balms from conventional plastic lip balms

The EPA estimates that about 30% of waste discarded by the public consists of packaging and containers, including the ones used for your favorite lip balm.

Unless your favorite lip balm is Burt’s Bees. They offer a free mail-back recycling program if curbside recycling isn’t available for many of their products.

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Burt`s Bees Lip Balm (4.99$)

They also use recyclable materials for 89% of their primary packaging.

The lip balm itself is made with 100% natural ingredients like beeswax, peppermint oil, and vitamin E!

Confession: Burt’s Bees was my favorite far before I started on my eco-friendly journey, and I’ve been recommending them for years, but the recycling program is new information to me, so it just makes me love them even more.

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If you’re concerned about your impact on the environment, the ocean, your own health, or all three like I was, I’d recommend trying these products out and achieve a zero waste bathroom.

Pick the ones you think would have the biggest impact, or try them all.

Some may cost more up-front, but they’ll save you money in the long run. To me, this is just choosing quality over quantity.

Find what works for you and will also help make the world a little bit better!

Once you find your favorites, share them with your friends and family, too.

What is your favorite zero waste bathroom swap?

How to embrace natural living – [Easy 10 step guide]

Today I want to talk to you about natural living,

Have you ever wondered how to increase your overall health and your impact on the environment?

Do you care about your well-being and want to make an impact on your body as a whole?

If so, it may be time to learn how to embrace natural living.

Living naturally can significantly benefit both your health and the environment.

Just by making a few simple and conscious changes in your life, you can embrace natural living and start making a more positive impact on both yourself and the planet.

What Does Natural Living Mean?

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When you think of the words natural living, it is likely that you are confused about what this vague statement means.

In general, living naturally involves getting back to the basics.

Natural living goes back to the roots of humans by avoiding everything that is not naturally and ethically made on Earth.

Why Should I Embrace This Change?

By including green habits and nature as a part of your everyday life, you are more likely to experience greater physical and mental health benefits.

Not only will this benefit you, but it will positively impact the environment as well.

Aspects of natural living include avoiding chemicals and excessive waste and adding more sustainable habits in your life. If you do this, you will not only be happier, but you’ll reduce your impact on the planet.

Here are my 10 Steps to embrace natural living:


When you have a guide to tackle transitioning to natural living, the process could not be easier!

Here, you can follow this detailed guide in the best ways and steps to take to begin living naturally.

Let’s start!

1. Change Your Diet Habits

We are what we eat and we all know that a healthy diet is an important part of our lives.

Switching what you eat to organic, naturally grown foods, you can avoid putting unnecessary chemicals into your body.

The best way to do this is to shop from the farmers market or local food markets and to look for USDA labels.

These labels indicate whether the food you purchase is organic or naturally grown without pesticides.

Additionally, by focusing less on meat and eating less processed foods, you will reduce your own carbon footprint impact.

Just by reducing or removing animal products from your diet, you are saving the world of its horrendous water waste.

Statistically, it takes 53 gallons of water to produce a single egg, 468 gallons of water for a pound of chicken, and 1,800 gallons of water for a pound of beef.

Compared to this, growing a pound of crop or fruit only uses an average of 15 gallons of water. Because we only have a small amount of drinkable water available on Earth, it’s important to conserve it.

Keep this in mind the next time you reach for the meat instead of healthy vegetables! Consume responsibly and support the farmers.

2. Avoid Purchasing and Using Plastics

One of the major issues that humans contribute to on the planet is the amount of waste they produce.

When landfill builds up, the lighter waste tends to become airborne and make its way into our oceans.

For reference, there are currently five oceanic gyres of plastic that are twice the size of Texas floating in our oceans.

These plastics release chemicals into our water, and they also create harm to animals who mistake them as food.

When digested, plastic can lead to death from starvation and chemical poisoning. To prevent this, using less plastic will help the ecosystem.

In order to use less plastic, you can avoid purchasing foods, such as fruits or vegetables, that are wrapped in plastics.

It helps to buy in bulk or to purchase loose products, as you can customize how much you need and waste less. Additionally, be sure to bring your own reusable bags to the store when you shop.

This allows you to forego using tons of plastic bags that could end up in landfills polluting our fragile environment.

3. Recycle and Compost

Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects. It is an alternative to “conventional” waste disposal that can save material and help lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Just by recycling, you can efficiently conserve materials. Recycling involves re-purposing used materials into new products instead of tossing them away.

This can be done with any material, especially plastics. One example of recycling is composting, which involves using your food and paper scraps to create dense soil.

Compost, made of 100 percent organic matter, can save you water because natural matter absorbs up to 5 gallons per pound of compost. This means that compared to traditional soil, you’d be using less water to contain moisture for your plants.

To start composting, collect your food scraps and paper waste in a container.

Things that you can put in a compost pile include sawdust, pine needles, dried grass and leaves, shredded cardboard and newspaper, greens tea bags, coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable waste, and weeds or flowers.

Some things you should avoid putting in compost include ashes, dairy products, diseased plants, seed-bearing weeds, and either human or animal waste.

Make sure to chop the pieces into small chunks and add them to brown and green plant material.

Keeping this moist and turning the mixture will ensure your compost will form properly.

4. Consider Ethical and Cruelty-Free Beauty Products

There is often a hidden truth behind many of the beauty products you may use.

Companies tend to test their chemical composition on innocent animals.

During animal testing, laboratories either place drops of these compositions into animals’ eyes, or they’ll shave a patch of fur off the animal and topically apply the cosmetics.

In more extreme cases, force-feeding takes place. These can lead animals to get extensive rashes, have organ damage, internal bleeding, blindness, convulsions, and even death.

Protect animals by avoiding beauty products that have been tested on animals.

Some brands that test their products on animals include NARS, L’Oreal, MAC, Maybelline, Revlon, Lancome, Burberry, Almay, and many more.

Instead, check out eco-friendly and ethical beauty alternatives like Axiology, Lilah B., Josie Maran, ILIA, Kjaer Weis, Antonym Cosmetics, Elate Cosmetics, RMS and Tata Harper.

5. Avoid Fast Fashion Companies

A big issue in the clothing industry involves fast fashion companies.

This is not a common or known topic, and conditions are often hidden.

Fast fashion means that inexpensive clothing is produced rapidly and unsustainable in order to produce high turnover rates for faster sales.

In the process, a lot of water is wasted, excess clothing and carbon emissions are created, making our environment less stable.

Rapid consumption of apparel and the need to deliver on short fashion cycles stresses production resources, often resulting in supply chains that put profits ahead of human welfare.

Statistically, 12.8 million tons of clothing are sent to landfills each year in the United States alone.

The more clothes we make, the more waste we contribute.

Additionally, these fast fashion workplaces are expected to lead to a 60 percent increase in current levels of carbon dioxide emissions. The more excess carbon in the planet, the more greenhouse gases erode the ozone layer.

Examples of fast fashion companies that lead to this issue include H&M, Bershka, Guess, Forever 21, Topshop and more.

Instead, stick to sustainable stores like People Tree, Patagonia, Reformation, HARA the Label and Everlane.

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These companies provide their workers with good working conditions, sustainable and ethical fabrics and they focus on improving the environment rather than harming it.

Check the documentary “The true cost” for more info in this niche.

6. Consider Purchasing Second-Hand Clothing

If you purchase clothing from a second-hand or thrift store, you are minimizing the amount of clothing that are sent to landfills every day.

One of the best ways to help the environment is by reducing the amount of garbage waste you produce and send to landfills, and this can easily be done by reusing materials.

Getting hand-me-downs, shopping at thrift shops, and using fewer materials will ensure that your carbon footprint is smaller.

An alternative to purchasing clothes is to rent them.

There are plenty of online stores that offer you to rent and return clothes for a scheduled amount of time.

Doing this allows you to use a fashion item for an event and return it, saving you both money and waste.

Check out Rent the Runway for an ethical and sustainable company that does this.

Did you know that the fashion industry itself creates 20 percent of the world’s waste?

When you shop at second-hand stores, you’ll not only save money, but you’ll meet some people with similar interests and save the environment while doing so!

7. Live a Minimalist Lifestyle

Minimalism is a new trend that’s going around the United States.

The idea of minimalism preaches that simplicity and freedom are more important than material possessions.

By minimizing the number of materials you have, you will declutter your house and your life.

Additionally, doing this means you create less waste in the world.

When you have fewer products, you’ll contribute less to landfills when its time to toss them out. This will reduce significantly your waste since you’ll be throwing out less.

To start living a minimalist lifestyle, it’s best to declutter what you currently have.

A tip to do this is the five-second rule. Take an item and take five seconds to determine if you’ll use it soon. If you will, put it in a keep pile. If not, create two separate piles – one to donate and one for recycling.

The recycling pile should only contain products that are so badly worn out that nobody else could get good use from the item. This allows you to reduce your possessions while donating or recycling what you don’t need.

This rule works with things you’re looking to purchase as well.

If you see a product that you’ll get good use out of, get it. If you think for five seconds and determine that you’ll only use it once or twice, don’t purchase it.

The key to minimalism is to buy less and to be less impulsive with the items that you do want to get.

Living a minimalist lifestyle will improve your quality of life, as well as your environmental surroundings.

8. Spend Time in Nature

Because people are beginning to rely more on technology, people often forget to spend time outside.

Spending more time in nature, such as going on a picnic or hike, will make you healthier.

Studies conducted by the University of East Anglia have proven that if you expose yourself to nature more, you reduce your risk of type II diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and even premature death.

In order to ensure you lead a healthy, meaningful life, getting outdoors is the way to do so.

Some ways to spend more time in nature include going on more walks, having outdoor picnics, meditate or even doing any work you may have to do outside.

If you find yourself riding in your car or using useless amounts of electricity inside, take a walk or a bike ride instead.

Not only does this give you the health benefits of spending time outdoors, as mentioned above, but it helps the environment.

9. Drive Less

The less you use your car, the more you reduce your environmental impact.

For every gallon of gas burned, a car produces 24 pounds of carbon dioxide and other various global-warming causing gases.

This means that about 30 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases come from driving alone.

Another option is to carpool or take public transportation. This, while still contributes to pollution levels, makes it so that on one tank of gas, multiple people get to the same place.

This saves each individual person from using copious amounts of gasoline, which would produce insane amounts of pollution.

Opting to walk or take a bike ride will reduce your carbon footprint on the planet significantly.

10. Drink Lots of Water

Staying hydrated is one of the most important features of life.

Your body is made up of cells, and each and every one of those cells needs water to function properly.

Certain functions that would be inhibited if you were to drink less water include your bodily waste production, muscle output, and the ability for your blood to carry oxygen.

The long-term benefits of drinking lots of water and staying hydrated include having proper bowel and kidney function, having clear and smooth skin, and your eyesight can even improve!

Some tips on how to drink more water include always having a reusable bottle of water handy.

If you have water, you are more likely to drink it rather than purchasing something that you don’t readily have.

Get a reusable water bottle that you love.

Whether that be because of the pattern it has or the shape, a fun water bottle will encourage you to drink more liquids.

The more hydrated you are, the better your body will perform, so be sure to drink up!

Embrace Your Natural Living Today

When you live naturally, not only will you be saving yourself from health issues, but you will be helping the environment and world around you as well.

For a healthy, beneficial way to live life, embrace natural living, one step at the time in the right direction for a sustainable future!