Bathroom and beauty

Let’s focus on keeping ourselves clean and beautiful while minimising our environmental impact. Do you really need all those bottles, sprays and tubes of cream, makeup, shampoo and hair products? What alternatives are there? We are here to help – whether it is your first step in this direction or you are looking for the next step.


We have to be honest – we didn’t think homemade deodorant would really work, but it does! Even throughout the recent hot spell in the UK, this homemade deodorant kept us fresh. You can find the recipe here. If you really don’t want to make your own, there are lots of alternatives you can buy – but be sure to consider the packaging they come in.



Swapping to a waste-free shampoo bar is an easy change to make. There are lots of them out there, although you might need to try a few before you find the one for your hair type. We’ve had less success with conditioner bars but again, what works for some may not work for others. A cider vinegar rinse, however, works a treat! No, you won’t smell like fish and chips! Find out more here.


Face cream

Beauty companies spend a small fortune on persuading us to buy the latest ‘scientifically tested’ products, but they can (literally) cost the earth. We all have different skin types but why not try something simpler, different and ocean-friendly? Lindsay Miles from Treading my Own Path has some great ideas and there’s LOTS of advice on the internet.


Reusable cleansing / makeup remover wipes

Removing your makeup or cleansing your face doesn’t have to include single items like cotton wool pads or wet wipes. Reusable cotton rounds / makeup removers are easy to source or you can even make your own. Just pop them in the washing machine and you can use them all over again. While we are here…did you know that coconut oil makes a GREAT makeup remover, especially for eye makeup!


More ‘wise’ ideas for you to try

  • Try using a face cloth to exfoliate
  • Use a soap bar instead of hand wash / shower gel
  • Watch out for microbeads and glitter in your products
  • Buy as large a size container as possible if you can’t go waste-free
  • Only flush pee, poo and paper down your toilet
  • Wet wipes are NEVER flushable (despite what they claim!)
  • Use cotton buds with a cardboard stick, not plastic

When it comes to climate change and plastic pollution the size of the challenge can appear to be overwhelming but making small lifestyle changes can make a big difference to the health of our oceans if enough of us do them. It can help us inspire others to make Wise Choices as well as help drive policy changes in both business and government.

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