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menstrual hygiene

There's so much to discuss this week regarding menstrual hygiene: the inaccessibility of products for certain populations, the secrecy of ingredients in pads/tampons, the waste due to single-use disposable options, and finally the high lifetime cost.

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lip balm

We hear over and over again the now prevalent fact that estimates say that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. In cosmetics in particular, many brands will overuse plastic for marketing or to exaggerate the size of what you're actually purchasing.

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deodorant

The bathroom is an easy spot to let single-use disposables and unnecessary packaging into your life, but that also means it's an easy spot to make a big impact. According to Oceana, the average American throws out around 300 lbs of packaging a year; make an impact by switching up your deodorant. Learn more...

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conditioner

The bathroom is one of the easiest places to start cutting down on single-use packaging. Consider finding plastic-free alternatives to buying things like conditioner, especially since many countries are struggling to process recycled material with China’s recent restrictions on imported solid waste. Learn more...

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floss

Flossing is an unavoidable and essential part of dental hygiene, but that doesn’t mean you need to resort to those pesky single-use disposable picks or floss that comes in plastic containers way larger than the actual spools they contain. Learn more...

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hair drying

Appliances make up about 35% of your household energy usage, and due to their wattage, hair dryers are surprising energy hogs considering their small size. Depending on how often you blow dry your hair, it could be costing you anywhere from ~$30-45/year! Learn more...

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shampoo

Check out any typical American bathroom and you’ll find single-use plastic containers abound, shampoo and hair products in particular. Plastic is accumulating at an alarming pace with only 9% of plastic waste being recycled and plastic packaging accounting for 40% of non-fiber plastic being made. Learn more...

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facial tissue

ying into similar past topics, facial tissue (aka kleenex) contributes to your yearly paper consumption, and brands you buy in the grocery store or drugstore are often made unnecessarily using virgin tree pulp. Curb your paper consumption, particularly during this sickness season, by looking for alternatives. Learn more...

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toothpaste

It's difficult to know what materials your toothpaste packaging is made of to know if it's accepted in your curbside pickup, and proper recycling requires cleaning and preparation. Some major brands have started recycling programs, but you can solve the problem at the source: your purchase. Learn more...

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toothbrush

If you replace your toothbrush as frequently as recommended, you will dispose of around 300 toothbrushes throughout your lifetime contributing to the one billion thrown away in the US every year. Learn more...

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shaving

According to the EPA, around 2 billion disposable razors add to our municipal waste every year because they are single use plastic and not taken by most recycling centers. Learn more...

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wiping your butt

Toilet paper contributes to deforestation, damages ecosystems with chemicals, guzzles up a lot of water, and uses high-energy techniques in production.

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