Updated: Jan 21
We all use bathroom products, so multiply that by billions, and think of the global impact. The products you purchase matter, but so does the packaging. That said, here are three green options to get you started.
When it comes to brushing your teeth, try Bite's fresh mint tablet option. It's made with a non-toxic fluoride alternative. Plus, it's proven to re-mineralize enamel, and it's even gentle for the most sensitive mouths. The great news: there's no plastic ever! They've delivered millions of smiles without a single plastic tube entering a landfill (positive vibes considering plastics can sit in a landfill for 400+ years; then they leach into the soil in the form of microplastics and eventually end up in water-ways--before finally heading into the ocean).
We all wash our hair (I hope, anyway). That generally means lots of plastic containers. So even when you're getting clean ingredients (which are amazing), you might feel a bit guilty about the packaging. Try the earthling co. First off, when you visit their website, you'll get a 10 percent discount offer, which is pretty cool. Then the colors of bars are off the chart amazing. The fabulous news: these shampoo and conditioner bars are consciously-sourced, good for your skin and hair follicles, and free of plastics. It's a win for you and a win for the environment.
For smelling good, check out Skylar. They offer a great variety of scents that are safe for your skin, free of toxic chemicals (no phthalates or parabens), and cruelty-free. Using sustainable ingredients, they aim for that friend of yours with sensitive skin. In their words, their modern scents are "clean, crisp, and fresh." If you're wary of trying a new brand, go for the sample palette for under 30 bucks. They also care about packaging and renewable resources--choosing recyclable materials that keep the Earth and our furry friends in mind. If that's not enough to woo you, get this: they contribute a portion of their proceeds to Step Up, a non-profit that provides mentorship for underprivileged high school girls across the country. Woot-woot!
There you go--now it's your turn to research a few soaps and toiletry essentials that are good for you and healthy for the environment. Think it's not that big of a deal? Just remember, we all use this stuff on a daily basis (or every other day, but still...). So, let's do our small part and pick the good stuff while keeping our planet happy as well. Comment below if you have another clean item you'd like us to research or share.
Written by GIL founder: Dianne Bright