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The whole idea to green your bedtime routine is simply to cut down the use of plastics and non-sustainable products that are so abundant in todays consumerized world. Its amazing what ends up in the landfills and our Oceans that doesn't have to. The good news is, you can take baby steps to living a more earth friendly lifestyle. Let's take one of those steps and green your bedtime routine.
We all have different routines, but they likely consist of similar habits. Let's start with an important before bedtime routine.
Brushing your teeth
Most of us brush our teeth before bed. It is likely your tooth brush is made of plastic with synthetic bristles.
In the United States alone it is estimated that between 850 million to over a billion toothbrushes, representing more than 50 million pounds of waste, are discarded and end up in land fills every single year. Plastic from tooth brushes end up in our Oceans and wash up on our beaches and these products are often consumed by marine life causing premature death in marine animals.
Burning plastic is not an option either as they release a combination of toxic chemicals and greenhouse gases.
What is the green solution?
Choosing to switch your tooth brush to a more environmentally friendly brush is the answer. This one step can dramatically change the health of our Planet. You can literally save an aquatic animal, simply by changing what tooth brush you buy.
There are many alternative tooth brushes to choose, but I have recommended the best option for your convenience. Let's have a look.
Every part of this product is plant-based: bristles, handle, wrapper, and box. The soft bristles are made from a base of 62% castor bean oil and the bristles made in the USA. The handle is made from 100% bamboo (wild harvested) and the wrapper around the toothbrush is plant-based. The box encasing the toothbrush is made from paper - no tape or glue is used.
Your bamboo toothbrushes can be used for just as long as plastic toothbrushes. Brush with Bamboo is USDA Certified, Green America Certified and Vegan.
Brush with bamboo toothbrush
Washing your face
Most of our skin care products are filled with additives that are not safe for our skin to absorb. So where do you start when it comes to skin care? Everyone has a different skin type and personal preference and it's difficult to recommend one product suitable for everyone.
What is the green solution?
The first step is to start looking at the ingredient list on your skin care products. You can learn about 15 Toxins in Your Personal Care Products to help you get started.
The next step is to find yourself The Best Organic Cleanser for Your Skin Type. All the skin care products we recommend are made from natural, non-toxic ingredients. Switching out your old cleanser for a green, organic one will reduce toxins going into your body and the Earth.
Brushing Your Hair
Your brush and comb are the culprit here. The majority of hair care products are plastic and end up disposed of in the same as our tooth brushes. A hairbrush can last you a long time cutting down on the waste, however eventually this plastic product will be replaced by another.
Making small changes can make a dramatic difference. Reducing plastic consumption will prolong the health of our Oceans and Planet. As of now in the North Pacific Gyre, marine samples show plastics outweigh plankton by 6:1. Between 60-80% of marine trash is plastic - 80% of which comes from land-based debris.
The Green solution
WIDU is a company on the top of my list for a plastic free, eco friendly brush. They have a variety of products for different grooming needs, including different designs for their brushes, beard care set and a unique pocket comb.
WIDU is designed with rounded bristles to minimize hair breakage and massage your scalp as you brush, which improving circulation. The naturally hypoallergenic brush will not irritate sensitive skin or damage long, thick hair. The bristles are replaceable and there are several extras in the package. WIDU combs and brushes are handmade without any synthetics or animal by products.
Widu natural wooden Hair brush
You can take small steps that make a big difference to our Planet. Changing what products we use in our everyday routine has a huge impact.
We all have different habits and routines. Have a look at your bedtime routine and see what areas you can change to improve your impact on the environment.
What is your routine? Can you make it anymore green? Leave us a comment, we love to hear from our audience.
This post was originally published on September 8, 2016.