Simple and Small Ethical Swaps: Bathroom
After such a positive response from you lot after my Simple and Small Ethical Swaps: Kitchen post, I thought we could explore the easy changes you can make in the bathroom as well. I've kinda included laundry as part of this, and I'm talking about things aside from makeup and skincare here; little and straightforward switches for a more ethical bathroom.
Toilet Paper: Swap for a more ethical brand
Who Gives A Crap Toilet Paper are an incredible company that donates 50% of it's profits to helping build toilets and provide clean sanitation for communities in need. Roughly 40% of the world's population DON'T have access to a toilet, and something we are very fortunate to not have to worry about day-to-day. Who Gives A Crap have loads of info on their website, and you can also check out their other products like paper towel and tissues. Tom and I love that you can get a subscription, so you're never low on loo roll. The packaging is also completely eco-friendly, not to mention totally instagrammable. Big ups to this brand!!
Soap: Swap pump bottles for bar soap
I've put this one in purely for environmental reasons; bar soap is little to zero plastic or packaging. There are some fab soap bars out there that are made by some really ethical and family-run businesses. My top picks would be the Olieve and Olie Hand Made Bar Soap in Salt Bush and Bluegum (the rose and clay one is also lovely), or this Urthly Organics Soap Bar in cinnamon and orange smells like christmas crossed with chai (so two of my favourite things ever). And a bit random but wanted to throw in this gorgeous Reclaimed Wood Soap Holder that we use everyday - it looks really nice with a bar on it and drains well, easy to wash... no icky soap marks in sight.
However, if you are a fan of soap and/or body wash in a bottle, there are definitely brands you can be supporting that are being really mindful of the planet with their products as well as delivering on quality ingredients. EcoStore have refillable soap bottles, and you've probably seen ThankYou Soap and Body Wash in your local supermarket or favourite cafe. This social enterprise commits 100% of its profits to end global poverty. 100%!!! Daniel Flynn founded this consumer movement which has raised millions of dollars to provide safe sanitation, maternal health programs and community development around the world. So not only are they doing all this amazing social impact stuff, but they've also developed some gorgeous and super affordable body and kid products. I love "Botanical Lime and Coriander Hand Wash", and the "Botanical Mint and Spring Flowers" scent is lush.
Cleaning Products: Swap for more ethical brands
Such an easy one to do but makes a big difference because you're choosing where to put your money and not investing in products that have loads of harmful chemicals. I've been a big fan and user of EcoStore for many years, especially of their Glass Cleaner and Fabric Softener. EcoStore are a NZ based company, offering completely natural and sustainable skin, hair and cleaning products. They're really transparent about their products, and for good reason - I've never been disappointed! Recently I came across this Bathroom and Shower Cleaner which is sooo effective in our shower, and if you're interested in hair care they featured in my Ethical Hair Care post too. You can't really go wrong with this brand in my eyes!
Toothbrush: Swap plastic for bamboo
A Bamboo toothbrush is not is this great for travelling, but it's also completely biodegradable (compared to the plastic counterparts you can buy) and made from renewable and sustainable bamboo. Super affordable, there are loads available online or bound to be in your closest health shop. At the end of it's life, it can be buried or popped in the compost - but cut the bristles off! These are the only bits that can't be (like how the plastic needs to be taken out of a tissue box before you recycle it).
Pegs: Swap plastic for bamboo
Kind of random but I'm including these because I love mine! Gifted to me from my mum, I've used these Bamboo Clothes Pegs for over a year and they're as good as new. Sturdy and durable in all weather and, like the toothbrush, can be buried or composted at the end of it's useful life!
Cotton Pads: Swap for reusable makeup pads/cloths
These Reusable Makeup Remover Pads have honestly been LIFE CHANGING. Seriously. No more mucking round with expensive oil cleanser remover or having to use a hundred cotton pads, these just require warm water to wipe makeup off. That's it. Even for mascara. They actually work. I use the ones linked, Face Halo, but I have seen others around, and they're perfect for those with sensitive skin, if you like no fuss/a quick and easy option, you hate the single-use waste from cotton pads... basically everyone.
I'm still on the hunt for an ethical diffuser or room spray, so please leave me any suggestions below! x