Sustainable beauty can be simple – it's just a matter of making a few eco friendly swaps for everyday products! Today Caley-Beth shares five easy alternatives for the bathroom so you can cut down on waste and practice green living without any tricky or time consuming steps.
Did you know the average woman generates over 50,000 items of beauty related waste in her lifetime? Most of these cosmetic and hygiene items are related to products commonly found in the bathroom like disposable razors, plastic hair care bottles, and single use wipes.
Not only is all of this beauty waste heading straight to landfill once it's no longer needed, but the majority of these items are also not even biodegradable, meaning they will last more than five times our lifetime! That's why Caley-Beth is excited to share that there is an easy way to avoid this harmful trend.
Here at Caley-Beth, we think it's important to be kind to ourselves as well as the planet. We are proud to use natural ingredients, ethically sourced materials, and sustainable practices in our green beauty products, and believe our brand allows women an easy way to achieve a more eco friendly lifestyle while also indulging in luxurious treatments. Beauty doesn't have to cost the earth, and that's why we developed our award-winning plastic free shaving treatments as well as our eco friendly skincare range.
Today, we will be sharing five of our top tips for reducing waste when it comes to bathroom beauty habits. We can't wait to hear your thoughts, so be sure to head over to social media when you have finished reading and share your best advice for creating a more sustainable lifestyle too!
Sustainable Bathroom Swap 1 – Eco Friendly Razor
Disposable razors typically last between three to ten shaves before they have to be replaced, and once that product is tossed into the trash it is destined for landfill because they are near impossible to recycle. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that billions of these disposables are thrown away each year, so you can imagine the scale of the problem...
However, don't worry – there are options out there that mean you can fight against this huge issue! Switching to a more eco friendly option like a safety razor is a great way to be more sustainable in the bathroom, and it can save your wallet and skin as well as the planet.
Safety razors are more gentle than mass produced plastic products, so you won't need to worry about issues like razor rash and ingrown hairs, plus they tend to save money in the long run as well. What's not to love??
Sustainable Bathroom Swap 2 – Plastic Free Shaving Bar
Once you have swapped your disposable razor for an eco friendly alternative, you can go one step further and switch to plastic free shaving treatments too. Whether you plan on getting rid of hair or soothing sensitive areas, a sustainable bar or balm is perfect for going green while also keeping your skin happy.
Switching from traditional foams, gels, oils, and creams is sustainable because it reduces waste, cuts down on potentially toxic chemicals, and saves both time and money. You do not have to bother with difficult lids or pumps, and a quality bar will last over six months. It's a win win!
Caley-Beth offers a solution for all occasions with our award-winning Shave Balm and After Shave Balm. Not only are the natural ingredients specifically chosen to be extra gentle, they also work to nourish and protect against razor rash, bumps, and redness. These plastic free swaps can help prevent ingrown hairs and add an essential dose of moisture so your legs, underarms, and delicate areas stay silky soft and touchably smooth. A shave bar is also a great way to connect you with your body, so they are perfect for a calm and mindful experience.
Sustainable Bathroom Swap 3 – Solid Bubble Bath Bar
Who doesn't love a warm bubble bath at the end of a long day? Unfortunately, the luxurious foam we like to soak in can be a big contributor to plastic waste. That being said, you don't have to ditch your selfcare session. Instead, you can easily make a sustainable swap and start using a solid bubble bar instead!
You know we love a good solid beauty bar, and for good reason. The average household can get through over 150 tonnes of plastic bottles in a year, so a great step towards sustainability is cutting back on products that are packaged in this non-biodegradable material.
We appreciate plastic free bubble bath bars because they come in so many shapes, sizes, and scents. They are so much fun to pick out and give a bespoke experience every time! Plus, we find that these solid low waste products are often much more gentle on the skin as they do not contain filler ingredients like liquid soaps typically do. The Caley-Beth Solid Bubble Bar is the perfect example of this, as it’s made with moisturizing cocoa butter and calming essential oils like fresh and sweet citrus aroma of pink grapefruit, fresh juniper and floral lavender. It’s the perfect way to ease tension and relax.
Sustainable Bathroom Swap 4 – Zero Waste Shampoo and Conditioner
Okay, so we have swapped over our bodycare products, but what about getting our hair routine more sustainable? Well, that is just as simple because there are a huge amount of eco friendly alternatives when it comes to shampoo and conditioner.
Liquid, powder, or bar – there really aren't many restrictions when it comes to the options you have when transitioning to green beauty hair treatments. You can grab a zero waste solid shampoo, go for a biodegradable packaging, or even pick up refillable bottles. It all depends on your preferences, and luckily you do not have to limit yourself.
We personally like a natural and plastic free bar as they can last over 80 washes (that's 3-4 bottles of plastic bottles!) and end up saving a fair bit of money too. In fact, it's estimated that by making the switch to zero waste shampoo alone can save up to $5,000 over a lifetime. Also, solid shampoo uses less resources since the product is more concentrated. That means we are reducing waste even more with this simple sustainable swap.
Sustainable Bathroom Swap 5 – Reusable Makeup Wipes
Do you wear makeup? If so, you need a way to remove all of that mascara and foundation at the end of the day. While pre-packaged wet wipes and easy to hold makeup erasers may be convenient, unfortunately they come at a cost. A cost to the environment that is...
The majority of makeup wipes and erasers are not biodegradable, meaning they will last longer than our lifetime. These single use products are created using a type of plastic, and they pollute the planet and cause numerous problems once thrown away. They clog drains, choke unsuspecting wildlife, and have the potential to leach toxic chemicals into the environment.
With over 9.3 million wipes flushed down the toilet each day and 7.6 billion pounds of these wasteful items being dumped in landfill each year, this is no small issue. That's why switching to a more eco friendly and sustainable option is so important. Reusable cotton rounds and cloths are a perfect swap as they are affordable, machine washable, and really effective at removing lipstick, eyeliner, and more, especially when paired with a gentle formula like the Caley-Beth Honey Facial Cleanser. We love that they come in all kinds of colors and patterns, and they are super easy to travel with too.
Sustainable Bathroom Swap 6 – Compostable Konjac Sponges
The Konjac Body & Face Sponge is an eco-friendly exfoliating and cleaning tool. Made from the konjac plant's root fibers, these sponges are entirely natural and biodegradable, ensuring minimal environmental impact throughout their lifecycle. Unlike traditional synthetic sponges, compostable konjac sponges break down into organic matter, enriching the soil when discarded. This not only reduces landfill waste but also supports healthier soil ecosystems, making them a responsible choice for conscientious consumers looking to minimize their carbon footprint.
In addition to their compostable nature, konjac sponges boast gentle yet effective exfoliation and cleansing properties, making them ideal for skincare routines. Their soft, porous texture is suitable for various skin types, providing a soothing and revitalizing cleansing experience. By choosing compostable konjac sponges over disposable alternatives, individuals contribute to the reduction of plastic waste and help foster a culture of sustainability in their daily personal care habits. This simple switch demonstrates how even small choices can collectively have a significant positive impact on the environment.
Of course, there are so many other great ways to cut down on waste in the bathroom. From bamboo toothbrushes and low-waste toothpastes to reusable tweezer files – there are always easy sustainable swaps we can make in our everyday lives. The more people who make these changes, the bigger difference will be made.
That's why we challenge you to share one of your top tips for making your bathroom beauty routine more sustainable. Let us know your most recent swap or the change you think makes the most difference over on Facebook or Instagram, and let us build a better future together.
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