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Our top 10 eco-friendly bathroom swaps

If you are reading this you are probably already a convert to a low impact lifestyle, and are always looking for more ways to reduce waste further. To round off Plastic Free July which we hope has inspired you, here’s our top 10 eco-friendly bathroom swaps …

1. Soap – is great for washing both your hands and your body. And in good news, it’s making a comeback which means there are so many fabulous locally made brands packed full of natural ingredients which smell incredible and are a pleasure to use.

2. Body scrub – it’s easy to make your own from used coffee grounds, sugar or salt. Here’s our DIY coffee scrub recipe:

1/2 c coffee grounds (used and dried)

1/3 c carrier oil - almond, olive or grape seed (*not coconut)

1/4 c sugar or fine sea salt

1 t vanilla essence

Combine in a bowl and use within a month. How easy is that ... it's a great body scrub, just massage gently on damp skin once a week. Don't have coffee grounds, or hate cleaning the shower? you can substitute sugar or salt although the coffee is definitely gentler.

Make sure you dry out your coffee grounds first to help prevent bacteria or mould growth.

*why not coconut oil? it will harden and clog your drain

Coffee scrub

3. Dry skin brush or loofah - brushing your skin before you shower or using a loofah not only feels wonderful, but it's also a great way to exfoliate without the messiness of a scrub. Don't brush or rub too hard, it's meant to be pleasant not painful ... And did you know that a loofah is actually a plant? That means it’s fully compostable.

4. Deodorant – there are so many brilliant natural and plastic free deodorants available now. Scented and unscented, pastes in cardboard tubes, tins and salt sticks (which last forever) - but remember, natural products are not going to stop you from sweating.

5. Shampoo & conditioner bars – we hope it goes without saying that switching to solid shampoo and conditioner bars can save not only plastic, but they save you money too when they last twice as long.

6. Hair oil – Pure Argan oil is a wonderful plastic free and natural hair treatment, it’s great for adding extra shine, combating frizz or nourishing your scalp. Use it as a hair mask, leave in conditioner or for smoothing and protecting your hair when heat styling. It's also a key ingredient in our conditioner bar, The Restoring One.⁠

For a low waste hair mask just massage a few drops from your scalp to the tips of your hair, wrap in a towel, leave for a few hours or overnight, then rinse out.⁠

7. Toothpaste – so many great toothpastes and powders now in glass, aluminium tubes or you can even try tooth tabs. Plus they are made from natural ingredients such as coconut and flavoured with essential oils for that fresh minty breath.

8. Dental floss – you can get plastic free silk or corn starch floss in refillable dispensers. Works just the same, but without the waste.

9. Shea butter – we love this multi-tasking butter for lips, body, hair and face. It’s super-nourishing and brilliant for sensitive skin.

10. Reusable wipes – ditching wet wipes or disposable cotton pads is such an easy swap. You can use make up remover pads or just cut up an old t-shirt and toss them in the wash.

And if you are looking for more inspiration beyond the bathroom, we’ve shared our favourite low impact lifestyle tips here.

Haven’t started your plastic free haircare routine yet?

What are you waiting for?  Visit the KIND2 shop.

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Great Conditioner!

I love this bar! It leaves my hair tangle free and so soft! I was super impressed the first time I used this as I thought it wouldn't do much for my thick hair, but I was wrong it really is a fab conditioner and you don't need much at all. Hence the bar seems to go on forever, great value for money!

Great for Itchy Scalp!

I was always a bit sceptical about shampoo bars but once I tried Kind2 I'm sceptical no more! I have an itchy scalp which gets irritated very easily so I have to be careful what I use. The Sensitive one is very gentle and perfume free so it doesn't upset my scalp and the bar lasts for ages! Added bonus is that because it doesn't contain any nasties it doesn't strip coloured hair either. It leaves hair soft and shiny to the point where my neighbour commented how shiny my hair was the other day and seeing as I haven't been to the hairdresser since December that's pretty impressive!

Simply just the best shampoo bar on the market!

This is my third purchase of this shampoo bar - and I totally LOVE IT! I have long, think hair and have struggled to find "the one" that works for me. And now I have. It makes my hair feel so much more healthier. As I struggle with a very sensitive scalp the natural ingredients make a real difference, sulphate free is the way to go. Am sure you can tell, this shampoo bar comes highly recommended from me :-)

Adjusting

I just love this company, their commitment to the planet and to people. I am adjusting to the shampoo. I cannot get any lather. The conditioner, it feels like I haven't done anything. But, my hair looks and feels great afterwards. So I'm sticking with it

Love it!

To be fair, I have only used the shampoo and conditioner bars a few times. I can already see a feel a difference. My hair has become a bit thin on top and I’m now having to deal with it frizzing terribly. Since using these bars, I have had no frizzing and my hair feels thicker. Now I know that it hasn’t miraculously thickened but it looks and feels that way. I’m hoping that with regular use, my hair will start growing again where there are thin patches, but time will tell. I am really happy with these bars and will continue to buy them. Don’t expect lather because there isn’t any, but my hair feels cleaner than when I’ve used regular shampoo. Love it!