Exploring The World of Biodegradable Bathroom Goods

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By: Casha Doemland

When it comes to sustainability, the three R's serve as everyone's number one motto: reduce, reuse and recycle.

Yet, when it comes to our bathrooms, we tend to throw that slogan out the window by collecting a plethora of plastic tubes and bottles. Sure, some if not most of the packagings are recyclable, but it's more than likely your shampoo bottle is destined to spend an eternity in a landfill. Which is sad, considering great brands like Stop The Water While Using Me!'s packaging promotes an important cause with its branding alone.

Stop The Water While Using Me! strives to save and protect water. Simple acts like shutting off the water when you're brushing your teeth or massaging the shampoo in your hair can save up to an estimated 70% per household. To protect the water, all of their products are made with all natural ingredients—no parabens, silicones or synthetic ingredients. Lastly, 5% of the proceeds of each product go towards Good Water Projects.

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But the big question remains. How do we prevent plastic from piling up in a landfill or floating along our coastlines to ensure the Earth is treated right in the process?

For starters, be more mindful of the products you purchase. What is the packaging made of? Can you recycle, compost or repurpose the container?

Let’s kick off with compostable packaging. Organic Essence, a beauty company dedicated to sustainability, packages all their products in renewable paper resources then embellishes each with simple a design based on the product. To add a cherry on top of this environmentally friendly sundae, all of their products are made with natural ingredients.

Prefer to limit the packaging altogether? Switch over to shampoo bars and solid conditioners. Ethique, a beauty bar company based in New Zealand, uses only biodegradable ingredients and wrappers. The colorful and bright packaging that arrives at your door can be composted, leaving no trace of it whatsoever.

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Another great brand is Lush Cosmetics. Lush offers a great selection of bars packed with essential oils and fresh ingredients that give you up to 80 washes. Did you know that 35% of their products are sold with zero packaging? Naked products are shipped in 100% biodegradable cellophane, which resembles the appearance of plastic, and can be composted. The remaining products are solid in playful fabric knot wraps, recyclable cardboard boxes or reusable metal tins.

Whatever your sustainable flavor, these options are the best way to ensure plastic does not take over your bathroom...or a landfill.


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Casha Doemland

LA-based and Georgia-bred, Casha Doemland spends her days crafting poetry and freelance writing. Over the last two years, she’s been published in a variety of publications and zines around the world. When she’s not nerding out with words, you can catch her watching a classic film, trekking around the globe or hanging out with a four-pound Pomeranian.