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Zero Waste Personal Care Made Easy

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Zero Waste Personal Care Made Easy

You've taken your period zerowaste - how about the rest of your personal care routine!聽 Rosemary Newton, our guest blogger, is here to share. She's passionate about the environment, running, travel, and trying out new green beauty products.

Personal care products can be a huge part of your practices and routines of self-care. Luckily, there are more options than ever to introduce zero-waste products into your personal care repertoire. An added bonus? Companies who prioritize zero-waste packaging also tend to value all-natural ingredients. Here are a few key personal care categories where simple swaps can be made to nix waste with the products you use on the daily.

Hair Care

This is one of the personal-care categories with the largest variety of products on the market. Shampoo and conditioner bars eliminate plastic packaging while delivering all the same benefits of a liquid.聽Ethique Beauty Bars聽offer three bottles of liquid shampoo to one bar, cater to various hair types (oily, frizzy, etc.), and come in a range of scents including pink grapefruit and vanilla (Pinkalicious Shampoo Bar) and orange, cinnamon and ginger (Sweet & Spicy Volumizing Shampoo Bar). For extra hydration and care, Ethique also offers zero-waste聽hair mask bars.

Other companies offering bars include聽The Unwrapped Life聽and super unique聽Beauty Kubes, which offer mini cubes suitable per one wash. If you鈥檙e unsure about converting to bars,聽Plaine Products聽offers refillable aluminum bottles of vegan, biodegradable, cruelty-free shampoo and conditioner via subscription.

Oral Care

Oral-care is super important to overall health, but it doesn鈥檛 require the use of plastic. Consider a bamboo toothbrush over a plastic one, like this one from聽Brush with Bamboo. The eco-friendly brush is fully plant-based from the bristles to the handle, wrapper, and the box it comes in. It鈥檚 also made of certified 100% organic bamboo.

To take it one step further, try out聽
Dental Lace, a refillable dental floss that is 99% a zero waste product. It鈥檚 a glass container and holds 100% Mulberry silk floss that can easily be refilled.

Skin Care

As we head into the dry, winter months, it鈥檚 probably time your skin needs a little extra TLC. Quenching your skin鈥檚 thirst doesn鈥檛 have to mean a disposable, plastic container.聽Butter Blocks聽from Ethique are made with organic cocoa butter, organic coconut oil and essential oils and are equivalent to about 500 ml of liquid lotion. They also offer an聽all-natural, zero-waste self-tanning bar.

Zero-waste and cruelty-free company聽Humble Hive Homemade聽offers handmade skincare products including Lotion bars coming in fragrances like lavender and cocoa butter, all in reusable tin containers. For those who prefer liquid lotion,聽Plaine Products聽also offers refillable body lotion, face lotion, and face wash with subscriptions starting at once every two months, to once every six months.

Makeup

When it comes to makeup, plenty of brands tout cruelty-free products (as they should), but some brands extend this to both animals and the environment.聽Antonym Cosmetics聽is certified organic, vegan, cruelty free, and uses sustainable bamboo and paper packaging and sustainable materials for all products, including brushes. Canadian company聽Elate Cosmetics聽prides themselves on conscious beauty, which means all compacts, tools and palettes are made from bamboo and refills are packaged in seed paper that you can use to grow a plant.

Deodorant

Smelling fresh shouldn鈥檛 come at the expense of the environment. Thankfully, companies like聽Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve聽offer organic, zero-waste cream deodorants.聽Meow Meow Tweet聽also offers roll-on, plastic-free deodorant in scents like lavender bergamot.

DIY and Resources

There鈥檚 plenty of sites which sell small-batch zero-waste products from a variety of manufactures.聽Package Free Shop,聽The Zero Market, and聽Etsy聽are great online marketplaces. Or, you can always go DIY to limit waste, save money, and get creative. There鈥檚 lots of recipes easily found online, like from the聽Going Zero Waste聽blog.

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