Tis the season to say bye bye to plastic waste! Swapping a couple daily use items for plastic-free alternatives can make a big impact—just imagine what happens if millions of people opt to ditch one plastic bottle. That's millions of plastic bottles kept out of our environment.
If you're interested making the switch to plastic-free (or less plastic-full) body care, the Co-op wellness department has you covered! We're highlighting 12 products to carry you through a sustainable daily routine.
Moonflower Botanicals Bar Soap
Sam's palm-free bar soaps are handmade right here in Bellingham, Washington! Sam uses flowers from her garden to infuse herbal goodness into the soaps she makes. All bars create a rich lather and are packaging and palm-oil free!
HiBar Shampoo & Conditioner Bars
HiBar was born of the belief that salon-quality haircare should come without a polluting plastic bottle. Their paper packaging is compostable and the bars are made without soaps, sulfates, phthalates, silicones, or parabens. The Co-op carries HiBar's for all hair types!
Wild Carrot Herbals
These facial cleansing bars are handmade, biodegradable, and minimally packaged in paper. They're made in Oregon using organic botanicals and high-quality essential oils. Not only that, they're affordable at just $12.99 for a bar that can last up to six months with daily use.
Wild Carrot Herbals Saffron Seed Nutrient Cream
This facial moisturizer is a Co-op staff favorite! It's filled with ultra-nourishing botanical ingredients like sea buckthorn oil and saffron-infused olive oil. It comes in a glass jar that can be used again and again after you've finished your product.
Moon Valley Organics Lotion Bars
Ditch the pump! These lotion bars are made with fewer than 12 certified organic, herbal ingredients. They come in post-consumer recycled cardboard boxes and cute tins that are recyclable or easily reusable. We love them for carrying jewelry during travel!
Uncle Harry's Colloidal Silver Blemish Stick
Uncle Harry's is a local, family-owned company out of Redmond, Washington. Sustainability has always been at the core of their mission. This Colloidal Silver Blemish Stick is less drying than alcohol-based acne products and comes in a glass tube.*
* = Looking for ZERO plastic? While this product is better than most, it does have a plastic cap.
Booda Butter Eco Balm
Another locally owned company with sustainability in mind! Booda Butter Eco Balms come in biodegradable paper tubes (yes, the label is biodegradable too!). Balms are certified organic and Booda stuffs 2x more product into a tube than typical plastic-packaged lip balm.
Island Thyme Natural Deodorant
Nearby on Orcas Island our friends from Island Thyme make effective baking soda-free natural deodorant that comes in a paper tube! These low-waste deodorants have tons of 5-star reviews. Choose from multiple scents available in the Co-op wellness department!
Plus Ultra Bamboo Toothbrush
Plus Ultra is committed to sustainable practices. Their toothbrushes are made with 100% compostable bamboo materials.* Did you know bamboo has natural antibacterial properties? It's consider a "green solution" to wood for its short growth cycle and great carbon capture potential.
* = Looking for ZERO plastic? While this product is better than most, it does have plastic bristles.
Uncle Harry's Mild Mint Toothpaste
This locally made, natural toothpaste comes in a glass jar* that can be used again and again once you've finished your product! It's completely free of fluoride, carrageenan, triclosan, artificial sweeteners, and SLS.
* = Looking for ZERO plastic? While this product is better than most, it does have a plastic lid.
Radius Floss with Coconut Oil
RADIUS offers an alternative to floss with all that plastic packaging! Radius peppermint sponge floss comes in 100% plastic free packaging* and is a great alternative to silk floss for vegans.
* = Looking for ZERO plastic? While this product is better than most, the floss itself is nylon.