Embarking on an eco-friendly journey can be a little daunting; there are so many product alternatives out there, sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start.
I’ve been swapping out my own products for a year or so now, and thought I’d share a list of my personal favourite “basics” / “essentials” to give you the starting point you may be looking for!
We use toothbrushes every day, and throw away one toothbrush roughly every three months. If you add that up for the amount of toothbrushes you use in your lifetime, it’s a whole lot of plastic contributing to environmental damage.
To make matters worse, plastic toothbrushes take over 400 years to decompose, meaning each and every toothbrush you use in your lifetime will be on this Earth for 400 years to come.
So what can you do?
Last July, I purchased my first set of bamboo toothbrushes from Amazon, for just under £9! That’s an absolute bargain considering the one pack contains four toothbrushes, meaning you’re set for a whole year!
Bamboo is a much more sustainable material due to how quickly it grows. Better yet, bamboo toothbrushes take around 4-6 months to break down if composted, and 5-10 years if not.
More recently, I popped into Holland and Barrett and picked up ‘ecodenta’ which is a toothpaste made with 97% natural ingredients, is cruelty-free, and vegan.
According to their website, the toothpaste is “enriched with extracts of carefully selected eco-friendly plants that help to eliminate specific mouth care problems” and is “manufactured from eco-friendly and natural materials without harmful effervescent or abrasive ingredients”, making it a great alternative from your mainstream toothpaste brands.
I opted for the whitening toothpaste with mint oil, sage extract, and kalident which was just £3.99 – but there’s a huge choice of their products, and so many other eco-friendly brands out there!
Before making the switch to cruelty-free and more natural products, I was using your typical Dove and Sure deodorants. My first step into using healthier / safer products was to stop using aerosol deodorants and instead using roll ons. Aerosols are commonly used, but definitely shouldn’t be!
There are many dangers that come along with using aerosols, such as asthma, breathing difficulties, skin reactions, and in some serious cases, even death, making roll ons a much safer choice.
The first natural deodorant I bought was the deodorant stick from Salt of the Earth, again from Holland and Barrett. I definitely liked this product however I much prefer their “spray” deodorants which aren’t aerosols and are more of a spritz than a spray.
At first, I had opted for the unscented one which used 100% natural ingredients, and was free from aluminium, alcohol, Chlorohydrate, parabens, and triclosan.
Now, I’m using their Pure Aura, which is scented with lavender and vanilla, which is still made from 100% natural ingredients and has the same “free-froms”.
I’ve found natural deodorants to be so much kinder to my skin and definitely more effective, and there’s so many other brands I’d love to try!
Much like the bamboo toothbrush, switching to a bamboo hairbrush and/or comb is a much more sustainable alternative to plastic!
My hairbrush is the blowdryer vent brush / styler & smoother hairbrush from Eco Tools, which is not 100% bamboo, but has a bamboo handle, cruelty-free bristles, and is designed to dry hair 20% faster, meaning less energy used when drying!
I will eventually switch to a brush made completely from bamboo and sustainable materials, but this was a very early step into my journey and so I definitely didn’t do as much research as I would now!
All of these products are super easy switches, and if we all made these changes, just think about how much of a positive impact that could have on our environment!
What Eco-Friendly switches have you made? Or, what switches are you hoping to make? Let me know!