Is cutting down on packaging and unnecessary plastic on your 2021 resolution list? There are many alternatives to plastic and mega conglomerate name brands you can incorporate at the grooming level. From lip balms to sunscreens to hair ties and makeup cloths you can feel better supporting small businesses and have less nightmares about adding to a floating island of plastic.
1. Cocokind Blue Light + Reef Safe Sunscreen and Reusable Face Pads 2. Bathing Culture Bulk Shower Products 3. Makeup Eraser Reusable Makeup Removing Cloth 4. Little Otter Zero Waste Lip Balm 5. Meow Meow Tweet Bulk Recyclable Sunscreen 6. Natural Pumice Stones and Plastic-Free Loofa Body Scrubbers 7. All Good Reef Safe Plastic-Free Sunscreen 8. Last Swab Reusable Q-Tip 9. Kooshoo Organic Cotton Plastic-Free Hair Ties 10. Honey Pot Organic Cotton Tampons and Reusable Menstrual Cup 11. Eco Roots Safety Razor
Pictured above is a small round up of some of our low waste bathroom favorites, check out the full lineup below:
Makeup Eraser is my favorite game changer when it comes to shifting from using single-use makeup wipes. One machine-washable cloth replaces up to 3,600 individual wipes and removes even the most stubborn makeup with JUST water and no skin irritation. They started as a tiny business and worked hard to get their makeup erasers into big beauty stores like Sephora and Ulta. They have plans to be even more accessible in locations where you’d usually pick up a plastic package of single-use wipes that have all kinds of unknown chemical ingredients. They also come in 100% recyclable packaging with a package-free option as well. But, these dangerously good makeup erasers do sell out in popular/limited patterns and colors so take advantage when they are in stock. They make a great gift for that friend who loves makeup, but needs to curb their addiction to makeup wipes. The original Makeup Eraser is the perfect sized cloth to have on hand for a long weekend while they also have 7-day sets with smaller pads for daily wiping.
Cocokind just released their set of reusable face rounds to make using facial toners, micellar waters, makeup removing oils, etc. easy to apply without reaching for a single use pad or wipe. Their set of reusable rounds are washable and take up minimal space, but replace plastic baggies of bleached cotton swabs and rounds. The BIPOC woman-owned business based in San Francisco has a business model that treats sustainability as a journey. Cocokind is constantly putting their money where their mouth is and takes product and supply chain transparency to the next level in addition to supporting other like-minded artisans and small businesses. We are loving their reef-safe sunscreen which protects your skin from blue light, pollution, and the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Packaged in sugarcane-based bioplastic, this travel-friendly SPF gives you a non-greasy layer of protection thanks to blue phytoplankton, micro algae, and rice starch.
All Good sunscreen is at the top of our sustainable sun care list. As a 1% For The Planet member and cruelty-free B Corporation they have the best interest of our planet in mind. Their mineral sunscreens use non-nano zinc oxide as the active ingredient making it reef-safe! Non-nano zinc oxide is a topical mineral that sits on top of your skin and won’t absorb into your body, but effectively blocks UVA/UVB and HEV (blue light from video calls & screens). Plus the added bonus of antioxidants like green tea leaves and rose hip oil to help keep your skin nourished. We love their reusable/recyclable metal tins for their reef-safe sunscreen butter in tinted and regular 50 SPF that are travel-friendly. Find their products in stock near you!
Last Swab has simplified your routine so you can forget about loose, dusty q-tips floating around in your vanity. One reusable q-tip to rule them all. Many q-tips are made with plastics and cannot be recycled and use unsustainable bleach and fiber sources. Wash your Last Swab and it’s ready to be used over and over again for makeup smudges and those hard to clean places. Personalize your Last Swab with your choice of color and swab type (basic or beauty). Pro tip (pun intended): Check out the beauty option for those eyeliner or mascara smudges!
Little Otter Skincare is a local Atlanta business that was founded on Earth Day in 2019. They not only sell hand-poured natural lip balms in compostable tubes, but they also donate 10% of their proceeds to clean water initiatives. Little Otter is committed to sourcing ingredients responsibly to ensure fair pay for farmers and sustainable environmental practices. This year they started producing some great hand sanitizer sprays in reusable/refillable glass bottles that are perfect when you are on the go. They offer free zero waste shipping and are proud to use fair-trade coconut oil and free-foraged beeswax from a fourth-generation family farm for their amazing lip balms.
Bathing Culture is a hip alternative if you’re trying to minimize your shower footprint, but aren’t ready for the solid bars. Their natural ingredients provide a vegan and biodegradable option for liquid hair and body shampoos and washes that fill your shower with the warm botanical scent of a redwood forest. $1 of each purchase is donated to DigDeep, who bring running water to the 2+ million Americans without it and they are carbon neutral. Over 500 million plastic shampoo bottles end up in landfills every year, you have the power to break the cycle. You already (hopefully) use your reusable water bottle, so why not apply the same idea to your bathroom with a cute glass bottle? Check out their options of mind & body washes, oils, sanitizers, natural body scrubbers and find a refill station near you!
Nopalera is the Mexican-American woman-owned sustainability brand we are obsessed with. We’re convinced lotions are a must during dry months (and year-round) to keep your skin youthful and moisturized. You’ve heard of shampoo and conditioner bars, but what about lotion bars? Consider your hunt for a chic plastic-free alternative to conventional bottles of mass-produced lotions over thanks to Nopalera’s Moisturizing Botanical Bar. The handcrafted palm-free, cruelty-free, vegan bars hydrate and promote sustainability in your bathroom as well as cell regeneration thanks to the mimosa leaf extract. Check out their other cactus-inspired soaps that celebrate the beauty, richness, and resilience of the Mexican landscapes.
If you’re not ready to make the jump to lotion bars (although there are some awesome options) we have some recommendations from our favorite skincare brands. Cocokind’s new sake body lotion leaves skin soft and comfortable thanks to the soothing enzymes and microbiome-friendly prebiotic sugars that help replenish the skin barrier. Their comforting dusty rose bottle looks great in any bathroom and is made with upcycled ocean plastic so you can rinse and recycle.
Honey Pot Co. is a Black woman-owned business and environmentally-focused brand. They have elevated the emphasis on clean, non-toxic, hygienic care for menstruaters by providing a wide range of options. Choose from a medical grade silicone menstrual cup free from latex and phthalates, organic tampons, pesticide-free herbal pantyliners and pads. Their certified organic tampons now also have plant-based decomposable applicators. This is your sign to stop buying those neon tampon packs and start supporting small businesses who actually care what you put in your body. Honey Pot can now be found through many retailers including Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Urban Outfitters, and Walgreens if you’re in a pinch and can’t wait for an order via Honey Pot directly.
Safety razors are the best thing in my capsule bathroom lineup. There are a variety of types and styles to match your shelfie vibe. Check them out on our post dedicated to them HERE.
Terra Ties and Kooshoo are 100% biodegradable (made of organic cotton and natural rubber) to replace those classic black hair ties you’re always loosing. Ever wonder where they end up? Thinking about the packs of hair ties you’ve lost that are probably still floating around campus, in a storm drain, parking lot, ocean, landfill, etc. is enough to want to do better. Kooshoo Organic Hair Ties are thicker cotton bands that come in a few different color packs. They are fair-trade certified with the additional GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified organic cotton and hand dyed by certified OEKO-TEX standard to set them apart. Terra Ties also come in 100% plastic-free recycled packaging and are thicker, softer, and more durable than their drugstore counterparts. You can now find Kooshoo hair ties on Amazon or Grove Collaborative in addition to their own website and Terra Ties are available on Amazon or Package Free Shop.