With Earth Day behind us I wanted to continue the momentum of making sustainability something we strive for not just once a year, but every day – whether it’s bringing your own bags, bottles, mugs, straws, utensils or simply taking a shower. In that spirit, I’ve compiled 5 simple ways to clean and protect Mother Earth while you get fresh too!
1. Choose Biodegradable, Plant-Based and Cruelty Free Shower Products
As conscious consumers, we have the power to drive the market towards towards kind and eco-friendly products. When we invest in companies who value our planet, people, health, and the animals, we create a demand for compassionate and ethical business practices.
Which is why I am so ecstatic to share Seed Phytonutrients – a vegan, cruelty-free, organic and biodegradable line of shower, skin and hair care products that are changing the game when it comes to sustainable beauty. In collaboration with Ecologic, Seed Phytonutrients has created the first shower safe bottle made from 100% post consumer cardboard.
I was a bit apprehensive about the bottle turning to mush in the shower but it really holds up. I have been using Daily Hair Cleanser (although I don’t wash my hair daily) and loving that the Lightweight Conditioner doesn’t weigh my hair down like so many others do. The ingredients used in all Seed Phytonutrients products are extracted from organic seeds – which are concentrated sources of nourishing omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, phytosterols, carotene and vitamins A, C, D and E. By eating seeds and using seed based products, we are nourishing our hair, skins and nails from the inside and out!
Seed Phytonutrients is also dedicated to supporting sustainable and organic agriculture practices. You can read more about their mission and values here. I love that their product encourages consumers to get involved in sustainability and seed preservation too. When you have used up your bottle, open it up and you will find a packet of heirloom herb seeds from Hudson Valley Seed Company. By supporting the growth of organic, heirloom and open-pollinated seeds, we help create diversity in plant species that help protect them from pests, diseases and changes in climate.
Choosing vegan, plant based, ethical, biodegradable, and sustainable shower products allows us to vote with our dollar for kindness while also conserving water, resources and CO2.
2. Keep Showers Short:
I know, this one can be super challenging. Like so many, I crave water. I find clarity, creativity, and serenity when I am in it, or even just near it.
That said, I know 15 minute showers are not kind to the planet or my wallet. Ideally showers should be no longer than 5 minutes. So find a favorite song, or a couple and hold yourself accountable – once they are over, it’s time to get out. Turning off the shower while you are sudsing up, shampooing and removing hair help save water as well. I admittedly don’t always do this one in the winter time.
If you are looking to relax and unwind – it may use less water to take a bath instead (depending on the size of the tub). If you are showering for more than 15 minutes, a bath will generally save water and allow you to enjoy the soothing warmth for a longer period of time.
You can also install a low flow shower head which will give you the same pressure you need to get clean, but lessen the amount of water used. This also lowers your water bill – definitely a win win!
3. Oil Train Your Hair
Adding onto the above – by extending the time between hair washes and using a shower cap, you will save time and water by not shampooing each time you shower. This also a great way to improve hair health and promote hair growth, all while also conserving water. You can learn more about oil training and some of my hair care practices in my My Tips for Long, Strong and Healthy Hair. I definitely recommend a non-toxic and cruelty free dry shampoo too.
4. Eco-friendly Hair Removal
Several factors generally influence how we choose to remove our hair – usually price, pain tolerance, and level of permanence. Not as often do we base our choice of hair removal method on how it is impacting planet. Unfortunately, most mainstream hair removal techniques are not eco-friendly – plastic razors will spend eternity in landfills, chemical waxes made from synthetic and non-biodegradable ingredients. Yuck!
Thankfully, there are plenty of sustainable alternatives to choose from. My favorite method is sugar waxing which has been done for years and uses only 3 simple ingredients: sugar, lemon, and water. You can do it at home or find a salon that offers it. Sugaring is less painful, can lead to permanent results, is great for those with sensitive skin (like myself), naturally exfoliates, is warmed not heated so it will not burn the skin, plus it’s gentle, naturally non-toxic, vegan, cruelty free, and hypo-allergeinc!
While laser’s themselves may not be eco-friendly, choosing to undergo laser hair removal will reduce landfill and waste as it eliminates the lifetime need for shaving tools and products. Similarly, an epilator uses electricity and are often made from plastic, however they will last for years as well which means landfill waste as well.
If you are not into sugaring, laser hair removal or epilating, you can still use a razor. Try a quality straight metal razor with one blade. It will last indefinitely and likely only require an occasional blade replacement or sharpen. At the very least, ditch “disposable razors” and choose a razor one that has a reusable handle.
P.S. I’m also all for embracing body hair and forgoing hair removal methods all together!
5. Keep Some Plant Company
This last tip has less to do with keeping yourself clean in the shower and more to do with keeping your bathroom and the air within it clean and eco-friendly. It turns out a lot of house plants thrive in the humid environment of our bathrooms. Create an oasis for yourself that also offsets emissions by putting plants in your shower space. Many moisture loving plants tend to require low light which means most bathrooms will provide plenty of sunlight for your plants too.
Cheers to showering sustainably!
*this post is in partnership with Seed Phytonutrients, but the opinions are 100% my own