4 sustainable bathroom routine changes

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a minute, it’s no secret I’ve been putting a lot of focus on making positive improvements. Each day I strive to be a better person than the day before, and with this blog I’m taking y’all along for the ride. Seriously, imagine that I’m e-holding your hand as we grow together.

I’ve talked a lot about mental wellness recently, but today I want to share some tangible, sustainable changes you can make to your routines–the bathroom ones in particular.

What the heck does “sustainable” mean?

When talking about something being “sustainable“, the goal is essentially to maintain the current state of things (aka environment, society, or the economy). You want the needs of the present generations to be met without negatively impacting the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs.

You may have heard different buzz-phrases like “going green” or “leaving a footprint“, but the concept is really the same all around: doing your part to contribute as little damage as possible to the Earth. Heck, leave her better than you found her.

The concept is the same all around: doing your part to leave the Earth as you found it.Click To Tweet

4 changes you can make.

1. MAKE YOUR OWN TOOTHPASTE.

I mentioned recently that I’d fallen in love with making my own toothpaste, and while I did it out of necessity at the time, I’m kinda stoked to start ditching the plastic tubes! Did you know it can take up to 450 years for plastic to fully break down?? Y’all, that’s insane. When you combine the chemicals leeching from the container with the artificial chemicals in your toothpaste, imagine what you’re putting in your body (and the environment when you toss that tube in the trash)!

2. DITCH THE LOTIONS.

Guys, not only do things like lotions and conditioners contain synthetic chemicals and preservatives, it’s seriously a waste to invest in so many different products. Instead, find yourself a good multi-use oil and well… use it! Coconut oil has been a pretty solid contender in the wellness community for a while, but avocado oil is on the come up. Whichever you decide is right for you, feel free to put it on your face, hair, body, and even use it while oil pulling–all while happily knowing you’re not putting any garbage on (or in) yourself.

3. INVEST IN A DIVACUP.

Did you know that something close to 19 billion pads and tampons are disposed of annually? Can you visualize just how much waste that is sitting in a landfill? Hint: it’s a lot.

Many tampons and pads contain bleach (so they start off white!), odor neutralizers, perfumes, and dyes. Not only is that (slowly) decomposing into the environment, you’re putting it into your body! Knowing that, making the switch to a DivaCup seems like a total no-brainer. Not only are there no crazy additives and chemicals, the healthgrade silicone is outright better for your overall health. Plus, because silicone is pretty dang durable, you can use the same DivaCup for almost a year. That means you can spend that monthly hygiene product cash on something you really want.

PS. You can wear your DivaCup for up to 12 hours without worrying about changing it. No more running to the bathroom in the middle of your day because of a mishap! I’m sold.

Be sure to read the user guide HERE if you have any questions!

With no crazy chemicals, the switch to DivaCup is a no-brainer.Click To Tweet

4. CHANGE TO A METAL RAZOR.

This is such a small but easy change to commit to. Rather than toss a couple dozen plastic razors in the trash on a yearly basis, make the switch to a metal safety razor. I totally get that they can be daunting (putting the individual razor in is a dang experience), but it’s worth it! The shave is cleaner because the blades are sharper, and they last generally last longer because they’re not made to be one and done.

You can click the image above or HERE to figure out where to buy your own DivaCup.

I was able to find mine in Walgreens in the feminine care aisle.

What are some sustainable changes you’ve made to your private routine?
Share below!

19 Comments

  1. mriveraediblesense September 18, 2017 / 1:24 pm

    Those diva cups are intriguing me more and more…but I don’t know!!! I think I need to stop being weirded out by them and give them a try.

  2. Colby G September 18, 2017 / 1:45 pm

    These are great tips! The toothpaste sounds really interesting–I think I will give it a try!

  3. Ashley - Forking Up September 18, 2017 / 1:52 pm

    I need to try a diva cup. Next time they’re on sale at Target I am so going to get one. I try to use cardboard tampons because they seem better, but I never thought of the bleach. If I can’t get up the guts, perhaps I’ll invest in some non-bleached tampons…

  4. Jessica Lynn September 18, 2017 / 2:10 pm

    Hmmm I’m intrigued by the diva cup. I never thought about all the stuff that literally goes into pads. I’ll keep an eye out for them next time I need some more around that time of the month!

  5. Melanie September 18, 2017 / 3:25 pm

    I LOVE my cup!! Switched about 6 months ago and am never going back.

  6. hannahtownleyministry September 18, 2017 / 3:44 pm

    I have loved making my own toothpaste and I recently ditched not just conditioner but also shampoo! My hair is a lot happier for it too! Ive never been much of a lotion person but if I have too, I use coconut oil. Ive considered the Divi Cup, especially since I have tried Cloth Pads and I really just cant stand pads whether disposable or reusable! Thanks for the post!

  7. Anna (@anna_thompson__) September 18, 2017 / 5:45 pm

    The Diva Cup is definitely something I have never heard of until now. Sounds like a great way to reduce waste!

  8. Nikki Arnold September 18, 2017 / 7:44 pm

    I actually used something just like the diva cup before and I thought it was great!! I didn’t have any leaks like I did with tampons and it actually makes your period go away much quicker.

  9. fellybee September 18, 2017 / 10:04 pm

    If I still had a period (I currently don’t because of my IUD), I would definitely use the Diva Cup!

  10. Emily September 19, 2017 / 8:22 am

    These are such great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

    Emily
    withstyleandgrace.net

  11. daneen rogers September 20, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    I’ve definitely ditched the disposable razors…they don’t work as well as well and they are pricey as heck!

  12. Mia September 20, 2017 / 3:54 pm

    Great suggestions! Not sure if I can really get myself to use the Diva Cup, but it’s definitely the most eco-freindly approach to feminine care. LOLA makes organic cotton tampons, the only thing is that’s they’re still disposable like conventional tampons

  13. Everything Meli September 20, 2017 / 4:56 pm

    Making your own toothpaste sounds great! Is it easy to make? How do you store it? I just don’t even know where to start! lol

  14. Missy Fant Photography September 20, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    Awesome! I’m always looking for more earth friendly things to make more of a routine

  15. hhabeck September 20, 2017 / 10:16 pm

    I looooove the Diva Cup! I was so weirded out by the idea at first, but now I think it’s SO much easier than anything else! Also of course love that it’s sustainable, too. xx

    http://hollyhabeck.com

  16. The Everyday Mom Life September 21, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    I’ve heard of this cup and it seems like people who have tried it really like it. It might be time to give it a try.

  17. Brittany September 21, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    I keep hearing about the Diva Cup, and I actually have a friend who loves hers. I might have to give it a try!

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