BATHROOM

Like the kitchen, the bathroom is one of the busiest rooms in the average home. Issues of water usage, energy, single-use paper, sustainable packaging, and toxic cleaning products are all things to consider when moving to create a clean, healthy bathroom .

Choosing soaps and shampoos that have eco-friendly packaging is an important step. Installing fixtures that control the flow of water in showers, faucets, and toilets can help the environment. And being aware of the ingredients in our personal care products is an important step towards the health of our planet of and ourselves.

J.R. LIGGETT’S SHAMPOO BARS

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J.R. Liggett was first introduced to making soap at the very early age of five. His Great Aunt Ann who lived in Denman, Nebraska had him help her make her yearly batch of soap. Now, over 30 years later, J.R. LIGGETT’S has over 30 products they sell nationally and internationally. All with a consciousness toward ecology and their customers well-being.

Handmade in Cornish, New Hampshire, these vegan shampoo bars are made from pure, natural vegetable oils with no detergents, synthetic fragrances, preservatives, or animal products. Using a centuries-old recipe, no two bars are exactly alike. The blend of rich oils like Jojoba, Olive, Coconut and castor oil nourishes the hair with antioxidants and vitamins.

And with no need for a plastic bottle, the packaging is a simple wrapper made from 100% recycled paper that is both recyclable and 100% biodegradable.

DID YOU KNOW

U.S. researchers report that one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors. some products include plasticizers, which are chemicals that keep concrete soft and degreasers which are used to get grime off auto parts.

Treebird Dental Floss

For those of us trying to live a life without plastic, the products we use each day in our daily morning regimen may be the most guilt-ridden. Shampoo bottles, toothpaste tubes, body cream bottles, etc.

And then there are those little plastic dental floss containers. If you’re doing what your dentist tells you to do, then you are adding a significant amount of plastic to the landfill where those little things will sit for about 500 years. Then there is the floss that is often made of nylon which is not biodegradable. These small things often get swept off into the ocean to join the rest of the plastic nightmare there. The fact that floss is designed not to tear can result in a big problem. Marine animals can suffocate from being in contact with these and other plastics, and if eaten they can suffer serious health problems for years.

The good news (finally!) is that you now have options, and there are several more eco-friendly flossing products on the market today. One option is Treebird Dental Floss which addresses the two big problems: single use plastic packaging and non-biodegradable nylon floss.

Their eco-friendly glass container is refillable and holds one spool of 100% silk floss (33 yards long). Their floss is waxed with vegan candelilla wax and has a fresh mint flavor.

DID YOU KNOW

Traditional dental floss is typically made from nylon, which is a type of plastic, rolled up in a small plastic box. Like plastic, nylon is derived from crude oil, and may take up to 80 years to decompose.

The Humble Co. Natural Bamboo Toothbrushes

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The Humble Co. was established in 2013 with a humble vision: for those of us lucky enough to be born in an affluent part of the planet, it should be our duty to take care of the less fortunate. Many children will never own any oral care products. At the same time, people are filling up our oceans and landfills with used products.

Their mission is two-fold: to create products that are good for you and kind to the Earth; and to care for those in need.

All their products are conceived, design and manufactured under the supervision of dentists. They make sure that their products have an evidence-based benefit and perform effectively.

Their Humble Toothbrush is made with a handle made from 100% biodegradable, sustainably-grown bamboo. The bristles are made from nylon-6 because it has a lower hardness. It’s a strong, durable and hygienic material.

Every Humble purchase goes towards funding projects for the benefit of children in need. They distribute their products through the Humble Smile Foundation.

DID YOU KNOW

The world consumes more than 3.6 billion plastic toothbrushes every year, most of which end up in landfills and in our oceans.

WHO GIVES A CRAP TOILET PAPER

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From the founders:

“We started Who Gives A Crap when we learnt that 2.3 billion people across the world don’t have access to a toilet. That’s roughly 40% of the global population and means that around 289,000 children under five die every year from diarrheal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That’s almost 800 children per day, or one child every two minutes.

Luckily, toilets are proven to be a great solution—they provide dignity, health and an improved quality of life. And in case that wasn’t enough, it’s been shown that a dollar invested in sanitation yields $5.50 in increased economic prosperity. Toilets are magical!

“We make all of our products with environmentally friendly materials, and we donate 50% of our profits to help build toilets for those in need. To date we’ve donated over $2.5m Aussie dollars (that’s the equivalent of just under $1,900,000!) to charity and saved a heck of a lot of trees, water and energy.”

The company offers toilet paper made using either bamboo or 100% recycled paper. In addition, they also sell forest-friendly tissues made from bamboo and paper towels made from bamboo and sugarcane.

Several other companies offer alternatives to toilet paper, including Seventh Generation, Caboo, No.2, and MonkeylipsOrganic Green Tea Toilet Paper.

DID YOU KNOW

Everyday, 27,000 trees are cut down to produce toilet paper. That’s 9,855,000 trees each year.

NELSON NATURALS TOOTHPASTE IN GLASS JARS

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Nelson Naturals toothpaste comes in glass jars. It’s not the plastic tube you grew up with, and that’s a good thing. Single-use plastics are filling and contaminating our landfills and oceans, and we all need to make changes. So far, their customers have helped divert hundreds of thousands of toothpaste tubes from landfills and oceans.

The company offers three styles of toothpaste: their best-selling “classic” formula; activated charcoal whitening toothpaste; and their newer “Crush & Brush” toothpaste tablets. In an industry filled with toxins and untested ingredients, “Crush & Brush” only uses pure and quality food grade raw materials.

Nelson Naturals has end-to-end waste reduction measures implemented throughout our manufacturing process. In addition, all of their shipping and packing materials are paper-based, 100% plastic-free, and repurposed whenever possible. Plus they give 5% of all profits to animal charities, local and abroad.

DID YOU KNOW

It is estimated that 1.5 billion toothpaste tubes are discarded every year globally. The plastic is not biodegradable, and can take between 500 to 700 years to break down.

UNDER THE CANOPY ORGANIC COTTON TOWELS

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Under the Canopy produces beautiful, affordable, earth friendly products for bed and bathroom. Their bath towels are made with vibrant, nontoxic dyes and absorbent GOTS Certified Organic Cotton that softens with every wash.

With their commitment to sustainability, they support worker welfare and community investment in the manufacturing of their products. The items are chemical free, made with no harsh chemicals, toxins or heavy metals so they are safe for the environment and gentle on skin. And each towel they manufacture saves seven bathtubs worth of water in their production process.

From the farm to the corporate office, Under the Canopy’s materials and facilities are audited and approved each season. Whether it is the prevention of pesticide sprays on cotton fields, or testing for toxins and carcinogens in dyes, each component of manufacturing is scrutinized and optimized to make the best quality product.

Among their certifications are GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), Fair Trade Certified, FSC, and Weltrack. The Weltrack label means you can trace your towel’s journey every step of the way, from the cotton fields right to your home. This label verifies to any consumer that their purchase is an environmentally safe product that is ethical made.

DID YOU KNOW

Towels made of 100% cotton are both biodegradable and compostable.

GEORGANICS MOUTHWASH TABLETS

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“It all started with one question… Are all these synthetic chemicals used in conventional oral care really necessary? Research showed us that nature already offers us everything we need to look after our oral health. By ensuring that our ingredients are pure and of the highest quality, we are able to create effective products that not only support healthy teeth but also support a healthy environment.”

Georganics eco-friendly tablets are made from entirely natural and non-toxic ingredients. The fluoride-, glycerin- and SLS-free formula helps to restore a healthy pH balance to your mouth, maintain good oral health and freshen your breath.

Ideal for everyday use and travel. Each glass bottle contains 180 tablets, a 3 months supply.

DID YOU KNOW

Mouthwashes date back to the ancient Romans, Greeks, Chinese, and Egyptian societies.