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Earth’s Favorite Bathroom: Sustainable Swaps

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at MSU chapter.

As another year of crammed, cluttered, and crazy college living is on the horizon, it’s time to reevaluate what products aren’t working most efficiently for you and for the planet. Here are my truly sustainable bathroom favorites.

1. Reusable cotton rounds

Cotton rounds or cotton balls are something we run through quickly without notice. Not anymore! Toner, makeup remover, and polish remover all come off effortlessly with these reusable cotton rounds. After each use, throw them in your laundry for a wash – I promise they don’t take up much space in your hamper.

2. Plastic-free razor that gives you the closest shave

If you have unwanted body hair, plastic razors don’t last long and often yield some unwanted results (hello, razor bumps) and they also hold a lot of bacteria if not replaced frequently! Never spend money on a razor again when switching to a plastic free razor with replaceable blades. How can you say no to a close shave with a fresh blade? 

3. Zero waste floss

I know you need to up your floss game, anyway. Sleek and never to be found in a landfill, try this biodegradable floss.

4. TSA-approved toiletry containers

Right before a trip, rushing to the drugstore to buy an overpriced, tiny bottle of face wash you’re going to throw away at your hotel anyway sheds more money from your pockets than you think. Never waste products again with these silicone toiletry holders. Plus, you can put even your favorite products that are home in them that typically aren’t offered in a travel size, anyway. Toss them in the dishwasher when they’re empty and they are ready to use again. 

5. Period Panties

Menstrual cups are something you’ve likely already heard of, but these leak-proof period panties will keep you feeling covered and dry all period long and don’t forget, they create no waste.

If it’s good for you and the planet, why not? 

Madeline Allen is an undergraduate student studying Media and Information at Michigan State University. Madeline is a staff writer and the Design Lead for HCMSU.