{green your home} salle de bain saine: the eco bathroom

Friday, April 1, 2016

as the good folks at preserve remind us, "products are more than just products. they have implications and effects far beyond the box or bag they come in." today, we have five simple ways to green your bathroom routine. easy peasy tips to keep you + your family healthy, your home toxin-free + our oceans clean:

1/ toothbrushes: did you know over 4.7 billion toothbrushes end up in landfills + oceans every year? yowza! small changes can make a big difference. compostable bamboo toothbrushes or recycled plastic toothbrushes are the perfect alternative for a bright smile {available for little smiles too}. plastic toothbrushes are not biodegradable, and many plastics are made with harmful additives like bpa which is shown to disrupt the body's hormone system. using plant-based products or recycled benign plastic decreases waste sent to landfills, reduces use of nonrenewable resources like natural gas + oil, decreases energy use and reduces emissions of carbon dioxide. clean teeth + clean planet = a clean conscience

2/ toilet paper: *everybody does it! by "it" i mean, we use toilet paper. did you ever wonder about the environmental toll of paper products? conventional toilet tissue is still made with freshly-cut trees {that's virgin wood which destroys ancient + endangered forests} and is made with dyes + fragrances {most tp is dyed with synthetic colorants or whitened with chlorine bleach, a toxic chemical that leaches into our waterways + airways}. eco boys + girls should look for toilet tissue made from recycled paper + labeled as pcf {processed chlorine free} or tcf {totally chlorine free}. because brown toilet tissue is just as neato keen as white toilet tissue, only better. lucky for us, who gives a crap cares about our bums + our planet.


wgap has created tree-free toilet tissue sans dyes + perfumes, using only 100% recycled fibers that can be delivered straight to your door {50% of profits are donated to water aid to provide toilets to people in communities around the world living without them}. you can find more eco friendly options including seventh generation at whole foods in the usa. learn more here.

3/ green shampoos: previously i compiled a list of good, green shampoos, safe products without any harmful chemicals. along my own eco journey, i've also discovered all-natural shampoo bars. if like me, you've ever used a soap bar in lieu of shampoo {i did this once, and it was like i'd asked a magic genie to replace my hair with a brillo pad, and the confused but willing genie waved a wand granting my foolhardy wish}; know that a soap bar + a shampoo bar are radically different products. shampoo bars work wonders, leaving hair healthy + hydrated.

if you're feeling tentative, i assure you that this is a product worth trying. i've tested a few, and if you set aside the marvelous fact that these ingenious little products are made free of plastic packaging + free of toxic ingredients, there's this to consider: they truly work.

try this luxurious handmade bar from tiny yellow bungalow, crafted from coconut milk, organic cocoa butter + thai lime leaf essential oil or this gem from ethically engineered made with grapeseed oil extract + camellia oil for an invigorating citrus lather.

4/ soap bars: one of the easiest ways to reduce our carbon footprint is to eliminate bottled hand soap + body washes from our daily routines. instead, try a good, old-fashioned soap bar like these naturally scented beauties from soap rebel, these lush bars from osmia organics or these fair trade bars from dr. bronner's. if you can reduce your purchase of products packaged in plastic, by eliminating even one or two items from your daily routine, you're making a big impact by helping to keep debris out of our oceans + landfills.

5/ greener cleaners: i admit that every time i publish a post here on finny+dill, i think of my friends + family with children because if i was a parent, i'd want to make choices as often as possible that keep my little ones healthy. i'm dedicating this post to my friend lauren + her little peanut, the queen v, and to ximen, + her owl connoisseur, chloe, because i know creating the safest environment for children to thrive is one of the most important choices we can make as conscious consumers. i love a clean home, and dr. bronner's is one my favorite brands on the market using plant-based ingredients. i also put together this handy post of safe + affordable toxin-free cleaners to use in the kitchen, for laundry + throughout your abode {liquid + bar soaps, hand sanitizers + all-purpose cleaning agents, they've got it all}.

{h2o fun fact}: did you know cutting just 3 minutes from your usual shower time can save an average of 6 gallons of water {if you shower daily, you could save 2,190 gallons of water a year}? i don't wash my hair daily, which is why i love dry shampoo. if you're new to the dry shampoo game, here's a handy list of my faves to keep the locks lustrous.

until next time, stay green dear hearts!

{image via brush with bamboo / artwork by f+d}

2 comments :

  1. Love the info on the greener cleaners! I've been wanting my daughter to help more with cleaning chores around the house, but don't want to expose her to unhealthy chemicals. So far she's just been using plain water (not the most effective), so I'm happy to give your recommendations a try!

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  2. So glad you liked it! Better Life products can be found at Target + Whole Foods + some Mariano's. I love that they include ingredients/source/purpose for every product on their site. All ingredients are food-grade, which is fantastic! Happy cleaning! :)

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