Small, simple switches make large differences, to yourself and to the world around you. In our zero-waste checklist series, we share our recommendations to help you make these small switches, encouraging new habits preventing waste. Let us help you transform your bathroom into a zero-waste haven any sustainably-savvy consumer would be proud to call their own.
Made in the UK with 100% natural ingredients and using 100% renewable energy. Creates a creamy lather good for washing hands and shaving.
Plastic-free, cruelty-free, 100% natural. Makes pits smell like chocolate.
Suitable for Afro and European hair. Handmade in UK. Removes excess oil and leaves scalp hydrated. Made with coconut and olive oils, with added natural ingredients such as hemp and lavender oils.
Suitable for Afro and European hair. Leave this highly recommended handmade solid, plastic-free conditioning bar on for a few minutes and don't expect it to lather. Also don't expect it to do anything less than leave your hair feeling completely moisturized and smelling fresh. Each bar is made in the UK using a multitude of organic ingredients including shea butter, vitamin E and lavender, lemon, tea tree and avocado oils. Available in 25g and 50g.
Plastic-free and independent alternative to Garnier's popular Micellar Water. Handmade in UK with aloe vera and lavender for a soothing make-up removing experience. PETA-approved cruelty-free.
Un-chromed metal head + bamboo handle + plastic-free = a recyclable razor. Technically meant for men, but it's got a lubricating aloe vera strip and a pivoting head that work just as well on 'girl' hair as they do on 'boy' hair.
A reusable cotton bud. Beauty is especially for makeup use (i.e. perfecting eyeliner) and Original is meant for ears. The swab ends are made of TPE (thermoplastic elastomers - usually a mix of plastic and rubber), the rod is plastic, and the case is PLA (polylactic acid - a polymer made of renewable sources) which is made of corn and is biodegradable. Regarding the use of un-recyclable plastic, here's what LastSwab say: "When creating a product to last for thousands of uses, durability is key. LastSwab replaces thousands of single-use cotton swabs. Even if LastSwab does end up in the ocean, it’s damage is less than 0.1% of its single-use counterparts, simply because there will be much less of them."
Zero-waste toothpaste blended with organic spearmint oil, a strong antiseptic great for getting rid of germs. Fluoride-free (fluoride is a chemical which can prevent cavities, but it is also added into the water we drink, as it is in the US and Australia. Excess intake can be toxic, so we prefer this Fluoride-free toothpaste option. Read more about the pros and cons of Fluoride on healthline.com). It's also SLS free (a chemical foaming agent. Foam can be created naturally, which we prefer). Pair with Georganics' Natural Spearmint Floss for £4.90.
The cheapest eco-friendly bamboo toothbrush on the market. Bamboo can take either a few months or a few years to biodegrade; plastic can take from 10 - 1000 years. The toothbrushes are made under ethical working conditions in China, and their carbon footprint is offset by the trees.org charity.
Tampons made of 100% organic cotton and nothing else. You'll never have to settle for an uncomfortable late-night waddle to the shop with Ohne's monthly subscription option. They are GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard - 'the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain'. Find out more at global-standard.org) and Soil Association certified (a Soil Association certification means a business meets 'the highest standards of sustainability, tracking and handling', 'independently verified by our international team of highly respected auditors'). Use the code BEEPOUCH at the checkout to add a free tampon-holding pouch to your order!
Don't like tampons? Try Bloom & Nora's reusable pads made with recycled PET (recycled plastic bottles) in the UK, or Organicup's menstrual cup which can be used for up to 12 hours a day and lasts for 10 years.
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