Hacks for a Zero-Waste Personal Care Routine

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The beauty and personal care industry creates 120 billion units of packaging every year—and most of it is plastic. One stroll down the personal hygiene aisle will show you how much companies rely on plastic to sell you their products.

Take a disposable shaving razor, for example. Not only is the handle made of plastic, but it also comes wrapped in plastic packaging. And if it runs dull, you either have to throw the whole thing away or replace the blade with expensive replacements (also wrapped in plastic packaging, by the way). And then they have to be repurchased with new packaging every few weeks. I know what you’re thinking—because I’m thinking it too: there has to be a better way!

There is! But hint: it’s not at your local grocery store, in the personal care aisle. Below, see some of the top swaps you can make in your bathroom to be more eco-friendly—and actually save money.

Reusable Bamboo Cotton Rounds

This is one of the easiest switches to make, and it will actually save you SO much money. I used to remove my makeup with single-use cotton rounds and the waste was adding up. Not to mention that most cotton is grown with a massive amount of pesticides, fertilizers, and water waste. That’s why these Reusable Bamboo Cotton Rounds are a game-changer—you can just throw them in the included laundry pouch when they’re dirty and wash them with your clothes! Plus, they’re made with GOTS certified organic cotton.

Shampoo & Conditioner Bars

I’ll admit, shopping for hair care products is the bane of my existence. There’s an absurd amount of options and a never-ending list of ingredients to avoid, which makes my shopping trip feel like a biochemistry course. Enter these hair care bars. There’s one for shampooing and one for conditioning, and their formula is free of SLS, silicone, parabens, phthalates, and palm oil. Plus, with no bulky plastic bottles, they save space in your shower and smell divine!

Safety Razors

While not everyone shaves, those who do know this: it’s expensive. Most razors aren’t durable enough to be used many times, meaning you have to constantly repurchase. Safety razors are a better option to get rid of unwanted hair without creating unwanted waste. This one is not only cheaper at $24.99 than most safety razors—which usually run around $80—but also features two edges so you get twice as many shaves out of it. When it’s dull, just switch out the blades ($5 for a pack of 5).

Bamboo Toothbrushes

Did you know that you’re supposed to switch out your toothbrush every three months? Over time, disposable toothbrushes create a lot of plastic waste that will never break down. So I’ve switched to these bamboo toothbrushes, which can be composted (just remove the bristles). Bamboo is a highly renewable material that breaks down when discarded, so it’s way better for the environment. And at $3 a brush, it’s better for your wallet, too.

Deodorant

For many years, I struggled to find an effective natural deodorant. Avoiding wasteful plastic packaging and harsh chemicals like aluminum can be a challenge! This vegan and cruelty-free deodorant is the answer to all my problems. It’s formulated without harmful toxins and irritants, including dyes, parabens, aluminum, and artificial fragrance. With packaging made from 100% biodegradable cardboard, you can toss your deodorant in the compost when it reaches end-of-life!

You may have noticed that all the products in this article are from Net Zero Co. I love shopping with them because they ship everything carbon-neutrally in recyclable materials—so it’s eco-friendly the whole way to me. And they partner with the Eden Reforestation Company to plant a tree for every order! It doesn’t hurt that they’re super stylish and practical, too.