With more and more eco conscious companies now creating more and more eco friendly products, it’s fair to say that the plastic free movement has well and truly taken off!
We too have been testing out plastic free alternatives, purchasing with a more eco friendly mindset and even taking the occasional trip to our local zero waste shop! That’s not to say that we haven’t still got a long way to go, but we have been able to make some pretty cool and super easy eco swaps! In this post, we wanted to share our favourite health and beauty products, which we've found to be one of the best places to start making eco swaps!
Here's a top five list of the best healthy and beauty products for zero waste travel and a more sustainable lifestyle!
A fairly straight forward swap whether it's for travel or at home, shampoo bars can make a huge difference in reducing how much plastic we consume! Considering most liquid shampoos are made mostly of water, you're much better off using bar shampoo and can even save a lot of space and weight in your luggage! The shampoo bars by Friendly Soap in particular smell and work great, but what makes them really special is that they’re completely palm oil free, plastic free and cruelty free! They even have a “travel soap” that can be used for anything from washing your hair and body to washing your laundry too!
Earth Conscious was one of the first companies that we came across within the zero waste movement and one of the first products that we absolutely fell in love with! At the time, their all natural deodorant came in a metal tin, but they’ve since released it in stick form, so just like a lot of other roll on only it comes in a compostable cardboard tube! Now, there’s absolute no reason to feel put off trying it!
Now that summer is officially here, sunscreen is pretty much a must have! With an spf rating of 25, reusable or recyclable metal tins and a handy pocket sized 15ml tin also available, Shade’s all natural, reef safe sunscreen has recently become our go to! Although it’s not strictly vegan, we were really impressed with it - proving surprisingly water resistant and taking us forever to get the 100ml tin to run dry!
Bamboo is a sort of rising star within the zero waste movement - not only can it be composted, but it’s super sustainable and one of the fastest naturally renewing resources on the planet! When it comes to bamboo toothbrushes, you really are a bit spoilt for choice with so many people now offering them! But, for all things oral care we recommend Georganics, who’s products range from all natural toothpaste to dissolvable mouthwash tablets too - which both come in reusable/recyclable glass jars!
Before switching to a safety razor, our bathroom windowsill was always absolutely littered with cheap, disposable plastic razors, which would all eventually have their day and have to be thrown away likely in landfill… Now, not only does a safety razor avoid all of that, with it hopefully lasting a lifetime and the blades often being recyclable, but it will actually mean saving money in the long run! Plus, our safety razor from Bambaw is certainly something worth showing off to friends - much like their other bamboo products that include reusable cutlery sets, straws and make up remover pads!
What's your favourite ever eco swap? Leave a comment below to let us know!
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