We have been buying our hygiene and care products and materials in supermarkets for years... And out of habit or lack of information, we rarely go for more eco-responsible alternatives.
Today, it is essential to learn and turn to less polluting materials but just as effective, sometimes even of much better quality.
So are you ready to get rid of your cotton balls, plastic toothbrushes, cotton swabs and other products? In this article, we give you some alternatives for a 100% ecological bathroom!
Did you know that since January 1, 2020, France has taken the decision toto forbid definitely cotton swabs?
Indeed, the plastic sticks constituting the body of this product are in second place of the most important pollutants of aquatic environments. Regularly thrown into the toilet bowl, cotton swabs find their way to the beaches and seabed. They are also very dangerous for all wildlife. If an animal inadvertently swallows it, it can instantly cause them to have intestinal obstructions and perforate their organs.
For the human being, it is also a very bad instrument for the eardrums when it is badly handled and used.
Our solution : opt for biodegradable or disposable cotton swabs made of cardboard or bamboo. I'ears for example, made of bamboo, is a nice alternative.
You can also get reusable cotton swabs at silicone. We now find them in specialty stores and online . The sites communicate on the advice of use and conservation of these small products which can change things!
Used in the morning and in the evening, conventional make-up remover cotton pads are particularly polluting . On average, we use up to six cottons per day, representing close to 2100 cottons per year. The fact is that cotton growing is one of the most polluting in the world. It is also a heavy consumer of water. The website "Plantoscope" reports that "cotton cultivation consumes 24% of the pesticides produced worldwide, some of which are classified by the WHO as highly dangerous". Cotton bleaching also requires the use of two chemicals : chlorine and/or the chemical brighteners.
Our solution : switch to washable make-up remover wipes. These are made from bamboo or organic cotton . In the form of discs or wipes, we can use them several times and then put them in the machine to reuse them over and over again!
We offer it on our Online Store. Ours are handmade, by a designer in France and in addition to being ecological, the patterns are pretty.
The plastic toothbrush is a very polluting accessory. Indeed, it is made up of different types of plastics, non-recyclable, thus creating more than 4.7 billion of waste stored in landfills, on our beaches and in our seas and oceans...
Depending on the type of plastic, the degradation can be from 100 to 1000 years! We should also mention electronic toothbrushes which generate electronic waste, which is all the more difficult to recycle...
Our solution : brushes bamboo teeth Moso or siwak wood are the most suitable. Indeed, bamboo is a so-called organic material. Therefore, it is biodegradable ! Also be sure to favor nylon brush bristles.
You can use your eco-responsible toothbrush with your recipe toothpaste home made.
These three alternatives are a small part of the more ecological substitute products that we can find... Do you know and use others? Tell us in the comments :)