1) Replace your liquid shampoo with shampoo bars
Shampoo bars are more environmentally friendly than traditional shampoos as they are packed in recyclable or compostable materials. Most of them are made with natural and organic ingredients. They do not contain chemicals, preservatives, artificial color or fragrance and they are fully biodegradable. They are more concentrated than traditional shampoos so they will last longer. If you switch to conditioner bar as well, you reduce your environmental impact more by getting rid of another plastic bottle.
2) Replace conventional deodorant with natural deodorant
Conventional deodorants contain a lot of chemicals such as aluminum and parabens. Most brands specialized in the production of natural deodorants don’t use toxic chemicals and they opt for packaging that is biodegradable and recyclable. They do not test on animals and there are also many options in vegan and/or palm-oil free products. Using a natural deodorant has a lot of benefits and making this change is not as hard as it seems.
3) Replace your artificial sponge with natural sea sponge
The benefits of natural sea sponges are countless and opt for them can lead you to a more organic lifestyle.
Most artificial sponges are made from petroleum and are toxic for both you and the environment. They are usually treated with antimicrobial agents to keep bacteria away.
Sea sponges contain no chemicals or artificial ingredients and are 100% natural and biodegradable. They also have their own enzymes and are self – cleaning. They are collected in a sustainable manner by licensed sponge divers who always aim to cut the sponge so that it can regrow again.
4) Replace your plastic toothbrush with an eco-friendly toothbrush
It is estimated that most people will replace around 300 toothbrushes during their lifetime. 99% of them will be plastic and not recyclable. Every year millions of plastic toothbrushes are thrown away which means thousands of tons of non-biodegradable waste.
Plastic toothbrushes have a big impact on our environment and making a small change in your daily routine can actually make a big difference.
Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on earth, does not need chemicals to grow and makes for an excellent alternative to plastic items. Bamboo toothbrushes give the same quality of cleaning and last as long as plastic toothbrushes while being eco-friendly at the same time.
For a more eco-conscious routine in your oral hygiene you can also replace commercial toothpaste with natural toothpowder. Its dry form allows for the omission of various common additives, such as preservatives, no plastic packaging is included and you get the same quality of cleaning.
5) Replace your conventional cleansing products (shower gel, liquid cream soap, etc.) with natural soap
Conventional cleansing products contain a lot of toxic ingredients, foaming agents, artificial scents and colors. All these chemicals end up in the water polluting our environment.
Natural soaps are eco-friendly products as they are made with organic oils, essential oils, botanical extracts etc. and they are usually packed in recycled paper.
Greece has a long tradition in soap making: take a look and you will find the soap that fits your needs!
6) Replace cotton pads and wet wipes with reusable pads
Commercial cotton pads and makeup remover wet wipes are packaged with plastic. They often contain synthetic ingredients and cannot be recycled.
Reusable pads are usually made with 100% organic cotton and are fully biodegradable. They are reusable and you can easily wash them by hand or in the washing machine.
7) Be well informed!
Unfortunately there is a lot of misinformation in the beauty industry and it is not easy to figure out if a product is actually eco-friendly.
Try to do more research before purchasing a product and look for certifications. A product has to pass a variety of conditions and qualifications to get organically certified.
Learn which are the most toxic ingredients found in beauty and skincare products and avoid them.
Opt for products with eco-friendly packaging and say no to plastic.