12 Easy, Eco-Friendly Swaps to Make in Your Bathroom Right Now

Transform your bathroom for the better with our favorite sustainable toiletries.

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April 09, 2021

Your bathroom might be squeaky clean, but that doesn't mean it's green. Plastic shampoo bottles, cotton swabs and even dental floss are just some of the many personal hygiene products that wind up in landfills. The good news, though? It's easier and cheaper than ever to make eco-friendly changes to your bathroom. See some of our favorite sustainable swaps below and welcome Earth Day with a space you can feel really good about.

Dentists suggest replacing your toothbrush every three to four months — but if you're using a plastic toothbrush, that can result in a lot of waste. Our advice? Show your teeth and the planet some love by switching to a biodegradable bamboo brush. Charcoal-infused bristles work overtime to remove plaque and keep your pearly whites looking their best.

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It's no secret that single-use makeup wipes aren't great for the environment. Luckily, there's an easy solution: a pack of these reusable facial rounds. They're made from cotton flannel in a two-ply layer, without pesticides or dyes, and can be washed instead of thrown away. They also come in three fun styles that are perfect for spring.

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$7 (Pack of 200)

Unfortunately, cotton swabs often get flushed down toilets and wind up in our oceans. So it's important to choose bamboo over plastic whenever possible. (And to dispose of your swabs correctly, of course.) We suggest starting out with this 200-pack, which even comes in a recycled paper box.

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Washing your face won't feel like such a chore when you have this adorable spa headband to look forward to. The eco-friendly accessory is crafted from cotton and bamboo, arrives in recyclable packaging and helps provide aid to Australian koalas, which are, incidentally, the only thing cuter than the headband itself.

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You'll get twice as much satisfaction out of scrubbing the shower or tub with this biodegradable cellulose sponge. Unlike regular sponges, which contain polyester filling, cellulose sponges feature a blend of wood pulp, cotton and hemp. In turn, this baby removes grime like a dream come true and easily breaks down in landfills.

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Say goodbye to those bulky plastic bottles and say hello to these eco-friendly haircare bars. The Brite Organix shampoo and conditioner bars both use a zero-waste, clean and vegan-friendly formula and even come in compostable packaging.

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It's hard to argue with bamboo bath mats; they're stylish, durable, naturally resistant to mold and mildew, and sustainable. We especially love how the lattice design on this mat allows for drainage and airflow, which means it will dry faster than your current synthetic situation.

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Want to go green with your everyday makeup routine? Snag a set of these vegan-friendly brushes. Each brush features a bamboo handle and soft synthetic bristles. And, best of all, the travel-ready kit is ethically sourced, compostable, recyclable and biodegradable.

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The beauty of glass is that it can be recycled over and over again, which helps reduce consumption and cut down on emissions. So, if you're in the market for new bathroom accessories, we say skip the melamine and go straight for this recycled glass set. Each piece has a slight blue-green tint that will look beautiful on your counter.

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Significantly cut down on plastic consumption (and save money every month) by switching to a DivaCup. Made of 100-percent medical-grade silicone with no chemicals or dyes, the DivaCup can last up to 10 years. It's also available in two comfortable sizes.

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You'll actually look forward to flossing when you have this rechargeable Waterpik. The ergonomic tool uses a combination of water pressure and pulsation to remove bacteria and enhance your gums without the need for waxed nylon strings.

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Here's an easy way to elevate your bathroom storage and make your space a little more sustainable: Skip the plastic bins and keep toilet paper and towels in these handwoven seagrass baskets. You can choose from eight different sizes and shapes, and even opt for a lid in some cases.

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