You politely decline plastic straws, are in love with your cute stackable bento box lunch kit, and have gotten killer calves from biking to work. But have you given your bathroom the same environmental overhaul? Here are some of our tips for creating a more eco-friendly bathroom!
1. Do The Earth A Solid (Shampoo)
Less packaging = less plastic, so whenever possible, opt for beauty and hygiene products that use less packaging. Lush is famous for its big chunks of soaps, moisturizer bars and more, but they’re not the only company that creates shampoo bars!
It’s an eco-friendly option is not only great for traveling when you have to be mindful of liquid allowances – it’s also our fave way to get our hair lathered and lovely without dooming a plastic bottle to lurk in the corner of the shower with half an inch of liquid in the bottom.
Dread the squishiness of a waterlogged bar? Look for self-draining soap dishes that have a spout or angle to them. Or, go super old school and install a soap magnet in your shower!
2. Say Bye To MicroBeads
What are microbeads? Basically, they are little plastic beads in most exfoliating scrubs that end up in the oceans as plastic pollutants. The manufacturing of microbeads has been banned in some countries, but not necessarily the importation of products with microbeads. So if you’re shopping for a much-raved-about exfoliator from abroad, make sure to check whether it uses microbeads, and whether those microbeads are biodegradable or not. Of course, if your skin type needs serious exfoliation, it may be better to switch to chemical exfoliants instead.
3. Up With Cups!
We’d be remiss to ignore the contribution a menstrual cup makes when it comes to reducing waste! It takes about 6 months for a tampon to biodegrade (to say nothing of the plastic applicator) and even pads are mostly plastic. A cup could help you reduce your personal waste level (which can be about 270,000 tons a year for women in the US alone) and it’s reusable for years if you take care of your cup properly.
Just check out Greentimina to calculate your own period waste usage!
Menstrual cups and cotton panty liners aren’t the only thing that you can re-use in the bathroom. There are plenty of companies coming out with reusable fabric pads and clothes that can be used to take your makeup off, without the waste!
We love the glow we get from using a good old-fashioned terry facecloth, though some people prefer chamois (shammies) or bamboo cloths. Whichever washcloth best fits your skin, just remember to always wring it out thoroughly, hang to dry, and switch out your cloth for a clean one every 2-3 uses. The same goes for your reusable makeup pads!
5. …And Recycle!
Cosmetics are famous for adorably cute little containers….that usually end up in the landfill. If your container has a 1 or a 2 in the recycle sign, it can go with the rest of your plastic recyclables. Or, you can take it to a MAC store and get sweet free product in exchange!
According to the MAC website, if you bring back six ‘primary packaging’ plastics (think, the actual compact, not the box it comes in) then you’re entitled to a free lipstick – just contact your local store to ensure they’ll accept packaging.
Little Changes With Big Impacts
The truth is, the biggest positive changes to the environment will come from companies choosing greener practices. But the best way that consumers can make sure that happens is by supporting companies that do make environmental choices, and voicing your opinion to the ones that don’t!
Please note that advice offered by Intimina may not be relevant to your individual case. For specific concerns regarding your health, always consult your physician or other licensed medical practitioners
Lane Baumeister is an internationally-based Canadian writer with several years’ experience creating educational and entertaining articles that discuss intimate health and sexual well-being. When not waxing profound about menstruation, she devotes herself to enjoying extremely good food and equally bad movies.