A lot of our bathrooms aren’t the epitome of sustainability. The average American household uses more than 400 rolls of toilet paper per year. We use paper cups for drinking water, disposable cotton swabs, and plastic soap dispensers. And there are all the plastic bottles—shampoo, body wash, and more!—on display in our shower caddies.
The good news is making your space more sustainable is easy. All you need to do is start making some eco-friendly bathroom swaps. From choosing planet-friendly towels to opting for reusables over single-use items, you’re only a couple steps away from bettering the planet.
6 Eco-Friendly Bathroom Swaps to Try
Our Pick: Bamboo Lyocell Waffle Towels, $18
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Bamboo is a more sustainable alternative when done right. These towels are top-notch: They feature a luxe waffle weave fabric that’s free from harmful chemicals, gentle on the skin, and moisture-wicking. They’re even more absorbent than traditional towels.
Our Pick: Refillable Deodorant + Free Refill, $16
Most deodorant comes in a plastic container that’s hard to recycle after the product is gone. This refillable deodorant features a container made from anodized aluminum and recycled plastic that’s built to last.
Every refill is plastic-free and comes in compostable packaging. They’re also long-lasting: Each refill is expected to last 4 to 6 weeks with daily use.
Our Pick: Shave Soap Bar, $9
Instead of buying bottled shaving cream, reduce waste with a shave soap bar. This soap bar generates a luxurious lather that allows you to get a smooth shave. It also leaves your skin feeling soft and moisturized.
If you have sensitive skin, it’s also an unbeatable option: It’s vegan, cruelty-free, and free from petroleums, parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.
Our Pick: Beechwood Toothbrush, $6
After your plastic toothbrush is too worn-out to use, it can’t be recycled. Instead, it’s sent to the landfill. A simple way to reduce waste is to opt for a beechwood option that’s suitable for home compost.
This toothbrush, which is made from sustainable FSC-certified beechwood and BPA-free nylon bristles, effectively removes plaque and tartar. After two months of use, compost the wood section and dispose of the bristles separately.
Our Pick: Volumize Shampoo and Conditioner Bar Set + Free Travel Pouch, $26.50
Why buy shampoo and conditioner in plastic bottles when you can use low-waste bars? This volumizing option gives your hair body and bounce with African dates and vitamin B5. It also smells great: It has an irresistible citrus scent we can’t get enough of.
Billions of plastic razors wind up in landfills every year. But when you buy this reusable option, you’ll only need one for the rest of your life.
The heavy-duty safety razor has a built-in pivoting head that makes shaving easy. You can also use up to three blades, depending on your preference. Extra bonus: It includes a 10-blade starter pack.
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