Five Ways: To make your bathroom a greener place
Want to make the switch to planet-friendly products without losing out on performance? Velvet rounds up five of the best eco alternatives for your bathroom routine
Skin Proud Clear Off makeup remover pads, £12.95 for two, Boots stores and boots.com
If you’ve not yet given up face wipes or cotton wool, now’s the time - because these reusable, washable pads from Skin Proud are *brilliant*. Made from super-soft, dermatologically tested microfibre cloth, they are incredibly gentle on the skin and yet clean it so effectively that adding cleanser is optional. I’ve been using them for months now and, as someone with skin that’s both sensitive and prone to dry patches, have only good things to say: they feel lovely, genuinely do the job and wash, dry and last really well.
NoWa sonic electric bamboo toothbrush, £65, nowasite.com
Made from bamboo, certified sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council, this electric toothbrush is a game-changer, thanks to its fully compostable heads and energy-saving skills - a single battery charge lasts six weeks. The brush matches its high eco standards performance-wise, too, with five smart modes to cater for all brushing speeds and styles, a scratch-resistant brush which is kind to enamel, and a fully waterproof casing, making it 100% bathroom safe. NoWa (short for Nothing Wasted) also sells plastic-free, cruelty-free, low-footprint toothpaste and mouthwash tablets.
FFS razor subscription service, from £9.95, ffs.co.uk
With their mixed-plastic handles and metal blades, razors can be nigh-on impossible to recycle. That’s where the FFS (Fuss Free Shaving) subscription service steps in. Sign up and you get a handle - available in six colours, made from weighted zinc alloy and fitted with a handy silicone grip - a suction holder for the shower and a first quad of clip-on-and-off blades which, once used, can be popped back in their safety tray, stored up till you have a dozen, then sent back to FFS for specialist recycling. Even better? The blades, which are diamond coated, give such a satisfyingly close, smooth shave. Plus you can amend, pause or cancel your subscription at any time.
milly&sissy face wash set, £20, Ruby & The Angel ECO, Debenham, and millyandsissy.co.uk
Promising a 94% lower carbon footprint than their old-school counterparts, milly&sissy products come as a powder to hydrate at home, making them lighter and therefore more eco-friendly to transport. Housed in packaging which is either compostable, recyclable or reusable, all the family-run brand’s formulas are 99% natural and certified vegan. Simply mix your sachet of face wash with tepid water, pour it into the accompanying refillable pump-top bottle, shake and leave overnight; by morning you have a lightly citrussy, lovely-to-use product which is both hypoallergenic and tough enough to shift mascara.
KinKind Give Me STRENGTH! shampoo bar, £6, kinkind.co.uk
With each palm-sized bar lasting for up to 50 washes - effectively saving two plastic bottles in the process - KinKind’s solid shampoos are plastic, paraben and cruelty-free and certified vegan. Unlike so many shampoo bars, they produce a really lovely lather, which makes them a pleasure to use. The Give Me STRENTGH! Formula, which contains soothing lavender oil and stimulating rosemary oil, leaves hair looking and feeling both squeaky clean and cared for. It’s suitable for all hair types, too.
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