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6 ways to reduce plastic waste in your bathroom

When it comes to how to use less plastic at home, many of us start in the kitchen. But our beauty regimes are hiding a lot of ugly truths – plastic waste and water waste can be sky-high in your bathroom. Read on to find out how to make some simple swaps and start reducing plastic waste in your bathroom.

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    Reusable beauty products.

    Step one towards a lower waste bathroom? Make the switch to refillable body wash. With our starter kits, you can choose a reusable bottle – made from aluminum or 100% recycled plastic – and add body wash refill concentrates with water to create the Dove body wash you know and love. Learn more about how our refillable body washes work here

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    Brush up on your oral hygiene.

    It’s a staple of our daily routines, but if your toothbrush is made from plastic, it could take around 1,000 years to decompose.* Bamboo toothbrushes are a great way to reduce plastic waste, as they’re biodegradable and compostable when disposed of correctly. Shop around the next time you’re at the store or shopping online

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    Reconsider your deodorant.

    Most deodorant packaging is made with different types of plastic together, making it difficult to recycle. The good news? Reusable swaps are out there. Dove refillable deodorants are packaged in durable, stainless steel containers that are totally reusable, for reducing plastic waste. Plus, refills are available in different scents to keep things fresh

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    Shop cruelty-free.

    Along with using less plastic, there are changes you can make to your daily skin care routine at home to do as little harm to the planet as possible. That includes ensuring the products you use aren’t tested on animals. Check the packaging for a Leaping Bunny or PETA logo that signifies the product was developed without animal testing. Globally, Dove doesn’t test on animals, and is certified Cruelty-Free by PETA

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    Reuse and repurpose your packaging.

    When you’ve finished up a product, get creative with your empties. Upcycle clean, empty packaging into a storage container for jewelry, hair accessories or cleansing pads. You could even transform an old jar into a planter and grow something new. It helps your low-waste skin care regime and it’s fun, too

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    Wipes, cottons and washcloths.

    Sadly, many of our everyday bathroom accessories end up in landfill. If your bathroom cabinet is filled with disposable cotton rounds and wipes, you might want to consider reusable swaps. Reusable cleansing pads and washcloths work just the same – simply wash them with your regular laundry and reuse

    * National Geographic – The Story of Plastic


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