sustainable beauty tools

10 Sustainable Beauty Tools You Need in Your Bathroom

From your razor to cotton buds, transform your everyday routine into an environmentally friendly one.

By: Chelsea March

Buzzwords like low-impact, zero waste, and sustainable are everywhere as of late, and for good reason (#saveourplanet ya know?), but without proper regulation, navigating this space as a consumer can quickly become overwhelming. Thankfully, all these terms are united under the common goal of slowing the environmental harm to the planet within our lifetime. But transforming your daily routines extends far beyond banning plastic bags and straws—your beauty and self-care staples are also a major source of waste, from cotton rounds, cotton buds, to even toilet paper. Luckily, companies are taking note of the rising concerns from their customers and are making changes to help us reuse more. Check out ten of our favorites below.


Marley Monsters 20 Facial Rounds, $16

Washable, two-ply, and made from 100 percent compostable organic cotton flannel, these reusable cotton rounds are a perfect zero-waste swap for the traditional disposable cotton rounds. They’re pesticide- and dye-free, can replace up to 1,000 disposable rounds from entering landfills, and are perfect for makeup removal. Once you feel like you have used them to the best of your ability, toss them in the laundry to be cleaned, and they will be ready to be reused.

Leaf The Essentials, $79

Timeless quality and beautifully designed, this razor is the world's only multi-blade pivoting-head safety razor that is built to last a lifetime. Paired with a pack of their cold-forged-steel recyclable blades, you will have your closest and most sustainable shave yet. No more plastic razors or blades to throw out after a few months.

Bite Fresh Mint Toothpaste Bits, $12

Formulated without harsh chemicals or artificial flavorings, this brushing experience is not like one you have had before. Packaged in a refillable glass bottle, these toothpaste bits make brushing your teeth a natural, mess-free, and plastic-free experience. Bite down and brush, and when you have finished your bottle of bits, you will receive your monthly subscription refill in a plant-based, compostable pack.

Quip Refillable Floss, $20

Encased in an aluminum outer shell, this is the first floss you will actually want to use. If the initial click to reveal the floss doesn’t get you, the pre-marked floss made of waxed nylon with a vegan-friendly mint flavor will! This subscription-based refillable floss will cut down on waste and reduce the need for single-use plastics.

Quip Refillable Toothbrush, $40

This cult-favorite toothbrush is a must-have for good reason. The handle is made of bead-blasted aluminum and is made to last for a lifetime of cleaning. It has soft bristles and a vibrating sonic timer that will shut off after two minutes. This subscription-based brush will deliver a dazzling smile and a replacement head every three months. Combine your subscription with their floss, and you will have a fresh set of dental supplies on your doorstep like clockwork.

By Humankind Mouthwash Tablets, $10

Packaged in portable tablets to eliminate single-use plastic waste, these all-natural mouthwash tablets come in a silicone tablet holder that nests inside a glass cup that separates easily for travel. The cup makes getting the perfect mouthful of minty goodness seamless every time.

Nixit Menstrual Cup, $49

Periods are notorious for creating massive amounts of waste each year, thanks to one-time-use pads and tampons. The Nixit menstrual cup eliminates all that product from entering a landfill. It’s a suction- and plastic-free cup that lasts up to 12 hours each day and is made with 100 percent medical-grade, BPA-free silicone that can be used for years to come.

Blueland Hand Soap Starter Kit, $16

Germ-fighting, foaming, and made with simple ingredients that you can actually read, this refillable hand soap will make it so you never have to go to a store again to pick up a bottle. Drop the non-toxic soap tablet into the bottle, and once it dissolves, you will have 9 oz of floral goodness to wash away the day’s dirt and grime. When you are running low, request a refill pack that is delivered in compostable paper.

LastSwab Beauty, $12

Reusable, sustainable, and in a corn-based, travel-friendly case, this is the last cotton bud you will ever need. There are two different versions—the basic with spiked cones to help remove debris from your ears, and the beauty, which has a standard and a cone-shaped end for easy makeup cleanup and removal.

Bippy Bamboo Toilet Paper - 24 Rolls, $32

This natural and organic toilet paper is made from bamboo fibers, which make it biodegradable, super soft, and strong. Bamboo is a sustainable source, and subbing it in for traditional TP saves more than 27,000 trees a day. No need to worry about getting it home, as this subscription-based service delivers straight to your door in plastic-free packaging whenever you need it.

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