A plastic free bathroom is definitely something worth striving for, and for good reason: can take 1,000 years for plastic to break down in a landfill. On top of that, around 90% of all plastic packaging will not or cannot be recycled. Ouch!
Given nearly all bathroom + personal care products come in plastic packaging, I think it’s safe to say we need to explore other options. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my waste sticking around longer than I do. Fortunately for us, in recent years there are SO MANY low waste and plastic free alternatives to reach for. These brands are setting the standard for zero plastic and I hope that more will jump onboard in the coming years.
There’s also a bit of nostalgia when it comes to plastic free – think about how nearly every generation before us did not have access to plastic at all (it did not become widely used until around 1960). Everything was in glass, paper, or metal – incredibly sustainable and functional!
Let’s dive into some of the best completely plastic free options to transform your bathroom – and your plastic footprint!
1. Metal Razor by Leaf Shave
Get excited because there is an all metal razor in town! Leaf Shave functions as a traditional razor (no safety razors here!) but with the benefit of being completely plastic free. It’s also sleek, chic, and comes in four colors. Just swap out the blades when they get dull – Oh yeah, you can recycle those too 😉
2. Silk Floss by Public Goods
Because floss really doesn’t need to be plastic either. Public Goods has created 100% biodegradable silk floss, in glass and metal packaging that you can buy refills for too.
3. Shampoo and Conditioner by Bar None
I was THRILLED to discover Bar None since their shampoos and conditioners are in all aluminum packaging! Aluminum is infinitely recyclable because it doesn’t loose quality through the process nor does it require new materials. And you get the benefit of traditional liquid shampoo/conditioner – although they do make solid shampoo bars too if that’s your jam.
4. Pink Clay Face and Body Bar Soap by Herbivore Botanicals
A quality bar soap is such a staple in any bathroom. Herbivore’s Pink Clay soap is incredibly natural, gentle, and plastic free. It works for face and body in case you need a 2-in-1 product.
5. Stainless Steel Tongue Cleaner by BetterTongue
Tongue scrapers are essential for oral hygiene and luckily there are many plastic free versions available. If you haven’t used one, I can’t recommend these Ayurvedic tools enough. They are key for fresher breath and overall mouth cleanliness.
6. Bamboo Hairbrush by Brush with Bamboo
It may look like a regular hairbrush but both the base and brush pins are eco-friendly bamboo, the padding is natural rubber, the bamboo is finished with beeswax and comes in 100% compostable paper packaging.
7. Bamboo Toothbrush by Brush with Bamboo
It wouldn’t be a bathroom list without mention of a toothbrush! Another winner from Brush with Bamboo, this bamboo brush features bio-based bristles made from Castor bean oil, without petroleum, tape or glue. Also comes in compostable packaging.
8. Ceramic Soap Dish by Bee My Dear
An adorable and eco friendly soap dish! I love ceramic, as wood tends to get water soaked and can hold bacteria. Etsy is a fabulous place to find items like this!
9. Sea Sponge by Firsthand
It’s time to ditch that plastic mesh loofah and indulge in a sea sponge. Sustainably harvested and responsibly sourced, these chemical free sponges are soft yet durable – and totally eco-friendly.
10. Toothpaste Bits by Bite
A plastic-free alternative, these tooth bit tabs come in glass and metal packaging. Just bite down on one and brush with a wet toothbrush. Refills are available and even those are not shipped in plastic but rather, a compostable and biodegradable pouch made of cellulose! Seriously impressive!