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We’ve talked about keeping our homes clean, but what about ourselves? Look in your bathrooms, plastic has invaded every area of our lives! It’s everywhere, but that doesn’t mean it has to stay status quo. Read on to discover sustainable alternatives to integrate into your daily routines!
In The Shower
Everything you could possibly need to keep yourself clean can probably be found in bar form. When getting bar soaps, make sure you don’t buy those laden with chemicals! We’re not sure about you but we’re not entirely jumping at the chance to wash ourselves in chemicals.
Look for soaps made with botanical and all-natural ingredients instead! These also tend to be more gentle on the skin, making it viable for all skin types. Another thing we love about bar soap is how compact each one is! They take up way less space in your bathroom, and less space in your luggage too when you’re travelling.
Make sure that when you’re purchasing them, you request that they not be wrapped in plastic! These soaps can easily be found sold naked in shops like The Zero Ways, Bamboo Straw Girl and Trove of Gaia!
These are essential to maintain the lifespan of your bar soaps. When getting soap trays, ensure that there are gaps or holes at the bottom so that your bar soaps can dry properly without water accumulating at the bottom.
These aren’t strictly a necessity, but we find them to be pretty useful especially when your bar soaps have become tiny silvers that just slip through your fingers. Soap bags are also great for lathering and exfoliating. If you want a little something extra to spice up your shower time, soap bags will do just that!
Maintaining our pearly whites take quite a bit of effort, and is also pretty plastic-intensive when we look at the tools we use. Don’t worry, though, here are some eco-friendly options to keep your pearly whites in pristine condition!
Source: THIS Toothbrush
The miswak is a twig taken from the Salvadora Persica tree. It’s well-known for its antibacterial properties and make for a great natural alternative to our modern toothbrushes. All you need to do is soften the bristles at one end of the stick using water, and brush away! Periodically, to snip off the existing bristles and use an untouched section of the twig in order to prevent bacterial buildup.
No toothpaste is required when using the miswak as it has the ability to clean the dental plaque and bacteria from your teeth all on its own. If you’re still sceptical, know that various research studies conducted (including one done by the World Health Organization) have reported that those using Miswak regularly require much less dental care as opposed to those using toothbrushes and toothpaste!
Source: Plant Over Processed
Bamboo toothbrushes work just like any other toothbrush, with the exception that it is fully compostable! When they’re no longer in good teeth brushing condition, perhaps repurpose them to clean your house with first.
After that, simply remove the bristles with a pair of pliers, and compost the handle! It’s a fuss-free, eco-friendly alternative if you wish to stick to no
There are plenty of DIY toothpaste recipes on the internet. The basic recipes require just coconut oil, baking soda, and essential oils. Check out this link for the full recipe! They also have some pretty useful zero waste dental hygiene products if you want to check them out.
Alternatively, you can get toothpaste in tab or powder from at Lush. These come in glass or metal containers that can be reused or recycled. Lush even has mouthwash in tab form should you wish for some extra fresh breath.
Source: Wasteland Rebel!
We’re not sure how many of you actually floss, but please do! Just avoid the conventional dental floss that is usually found in stores. Conventional dental floss is usually made with nylon or plastic. You know what that means -- they don’t biodegrade!
Opt for silk floss instead; it’s fully biodegradable. While we’re aware that all the waste in Singapore is incinerated and so it doesn’t matter as much, our favourite thing about silk floss is actually that it usually doesn’t come in plastic packaging, unlike regular floss!
Silk floss is slightly more difficult to obtain, but we know for a fact that iHerb stocks it if you wish to get some.
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If you’re not already using a safety razor...why not?! If nothing else, this is certainly a switch that you just have to make. It’s not just better for the environment, it also saves you a ton of money. And we really do mean a ton.
Rather than replacing the entire cartridge, safety razors only require you to replace the blade. Plus, a pack of 10 blades typically doesn’t cost more than S$5. This means that instead of paying more than $20 each time for just a couple of cartridges, you’re getting 10 replacements for just $5! Now if that’s not a good deal, we’re not sure what is.
Since you’re not replacing the entire cartridge (which is mostly made of plastic), you’re producing much less waste as well. Just a tiny sliver of metal each time, and metal is biodegradable too!
For the Ladies
Sanitary products are a huge generator of waste. Think about it -- in one period cycle, how many disposable pads/tampons do we use up? Well, the numbers vary quite a bit but most women average at about 10-15. That’s not taking into account the amount of packaging that we throw out since these disposable products often come individually wrapped in plastic.
Thankfully, we are not limited to just these disposable options. Here are some ways to be green while on your period. Hopefully, these products make your one week of agony a little better as well!
Menstrual cups have been gaining popularity in recent years. Essentially, these are silicone cups that are inserted into your vagina and sits just below your cervix. Menstrual cups work by collecting the fluids and blood from your period, unlike tampons which absorbs the blood.
When maintained and cleaned properly, menstrual cups can be reused for up to ten years! This means that for the next 10 years once you start using a menstrual cup, there’s absolutely no need to buy any other sanitary products.
Many people who wear menstrual cups have also remarked that when worn, they can’t be felt at all, making for a truly comfortable experience. Admittedly, there is a learning curve to inserting and removing a menstrual cup, but once you get the hang of it, it will change your period experience forever.
If you’re looking to get a menstrual cup here in Singapore, we recommend the Freedom Cups. With every purchase of a menstrual cup from you, they also give one to a woman living in an underprivileged committee! Save the Earth and support a good cause, what’s not to love?
Source: Trove of Gaia
We’re sure that reusable pads don’t require much explanation. They’re just like the disposable sanitary pads that we use, just that they’re made of cloth and thus, reusable. It’s best to stock up on a number of this in different sizes if you’re using them!
Make sure to soak them in water once you’re done with them to ensure that the stains come out completely! Otherwise, just throw them in the wash with the rest of your clothes for a thorough clean.
Source: Trove of Gaia
We hope you enjoyed our guide to being a presentable member of society while still being environmentally conscious! If you’re not sure of where you can get some of these products, to reach out to us via our social media accounts or e-mail, we’ll be more than glad to help.
Until next time, stay clean, and green!