Acure Ultra Hydrating Shampoo + Conditioner. Natracare Organic Cotton Intimate Wipes. Everyone 3 in 1 Shampoo | Body Wash | Bubble Soap Lavender + Aloe Soap. Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Toothpaste, Hemp Rose Castile Soap. Feelgoodz Flip Flops. Radius Source Toothbrush. SON for Men Shave. Natural Value Recycled Toilet Paper. Casabella Flexible Shower Tote. Boll & Branch Bath Towel.
Going back to school means restocking your shower caddy with all the essentials. In Tuesday’s deep dive into body products, we talked about how many conventional body and personal care products are filled with toxic ingredients. This is especially true of the items in your daily bath and shower routine.
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Whether you have your own bathroom or you’re sharing with several other students, going back to school presents the perfect opportunity to take charge of your bathroom ritual and make it as eco-friendly as possible.
First thing’s first: How much water are you using? The average shower requires 17.2 gallons of water, and is the third largest use of water behind toilets and clothes washing machines in American households. Cut down on your water usage by limiting yourself to 5 minute showers, or by turning off the water while you’re shaving. This alone is a huge step toward developing a more conscious bathing practice.
Next, take a moment to do inventory of all your bath products. Your typical shower may involve shampoo, conditioner, body wash or soap, shave cream, razors, facial cleanser, toothpaste, etc. But also think more broadly, about the towels you use to dry off and the flip flops you wear to and from your dorm room. Hopping in the shower might require a few more items than you thought!
Ask yourself: What’s in your products? Are your towels made from 100% USDA certified organic cotton? If not, they’ve likely been doused in pesticides and potentially harmful dyes. Does your toothpaste contain toxic whitening agents like polypropylene? Does your shampoo contain sodium lauryl sulfate? Does your body wash contain Triclosan, phthalates, or parabens?
These and thousands more unregulated ingredients are known to cause symptoms ranging from neurotoxicity to hormone disruption, and some have even been linked to certain cancers.
Fortunately for you, we’ve curated a list of products from ethical companies that are made from safe, sustainably sourced ingredients, including organic cotton, bamboo, and more. Start swapping conventional for conscious and step up your shower game today!
This dynamic duo keeps your hair healthy and clean while providing moisture to dry + damaged hair, leaving it soft and manageable. Organic argan oil, CoQ10, organic sea buckthorn oil, and organic pumpkin seed oil restore your hair, add shine, and lock in moisture for a fabulous look.
Dr. Bronner’s All-One Toothpaste is made with 70% organic ingredients, has no synthetic detergent or foaming agents, is fluoride-free, vegan and cruelty-free, with no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or sweeteners! Made in a 100% recyclable box and tube. Available in peppermint, cinnamon and anise flavors.
Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soaps are good for just about any cleaning task. Face, body, hair & food, dishes, laundry, mopping, pets—clean your house and body with no synthetic preservatives, detergents or foaming agents— Need recipes? Read Lisa Bronner’s Liquid Soaps Dilutions Cheat Sheet.
Soft and strong, certified organic cotton wipes are infused with certified organic essential oils of chamomile, calendula and French rose as well as natural plant extracts, all of which will cleanse and refresh, leaving the skin softened.
This multi-tasking soap is made to be used as shampoo, body wash and bubble bath. Blended with luxurious coconut, cooling spearmint and peppermint essential oils refresh skin and the senses. Plant derived cleansers and botanical extracts create a skin-nourishing, foamy lather. Generously sized for the whole family in a 32oz recycled bottle.
Replacement-head technology and a handle made from repurposed materials, this toothbrush reduces waste by 93%. When you’re done with one of its gum-stimulating heads you simply swap it for another. The one-of-a-kind handle is composed of repurposed and recycled materials — like wood, paper and even recycled dollar bills.
SON Shave is made with 92% organic ingredients, it’s vegan, gluten-free and Non-GMO. With the protective slip & slide characteristic of creme, you will have a clean, smooth shave. Shea Butter and natural alpha hydroxy acids help fight razor burns and ingrown hairs.
Towel off for “good” with soft, plush, certified fair trade and organic bath towels. A great selection of bath towels that are thick and soft, in multiple styles and colors – even beach towels if you prefer to hit the beach instead of your books over the weekend. Fair Trade™ and 100% GOTS-certified organic with eco-friendly, non-toxic dyes.
Instead of buying a pair of plastic shower shoes, check out the array of colors and designs available from Feelgoodz. Flip flops made from natural rubber, natural dyes, crafted by artisans and coops around the globe. Biodegradable at the end of their useful life.
Conventional toilet paper wipes out over 20,000 trees per day, but luckily there is a great sustainable option. This roll of toilet paper made from FSC Certified pulp, and is free from chlorine, dye, ink and fragrance. Using fewer sheets is another way to help reduce waste!
Stay tuned to TG’s Instagram (@turninggreenorg) — every Thursday morning until Aug. 31 at 8 a.m. PT, we’re gifting a fabulous Back-to-School #GreenThursday Giveaway (valued at more than $300). Like our Giveaway and could end up winning a #GreenThursday Essential Back-to-School Package!
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