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Reducing Microplastics: How I Overhauled My Grooming Routine in 6 Months

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Here at Arnold Marketing, we take health and wellness very seriously (if you’re new here, it’s the main industry we work with!)

Over the last 6 months, I focused on overhauling my grooming routine to have less waste, less plastic, and to be more natural if possible. 

Am I anti-science? Do I think all chemicals are bad and that the government is leaking chemtrails full of mind-control gasses? Of course not. 

But if you can substitute with something that has less plastics and less ingredients in it, and it’s just as effective, why not?

Besides, the very early research on microplastics and endocrine-disrupting chemicals is not encouraging.

Plastic-Free Dental Floss

First up in my “less plastic” journey was dental floss.

It might seem minor, but pulling plastic thread between my teeth just seemed like an obvious source of ingesting microplastics. And it produces plastic waste you toss out every day. I figured there had to be a more natural choice.

I did a lot of research on natural floss, as I didn’t want something that broke apart or that didn’t do a good job. After lots of searching, the brand Eco Roots seemed like the winner for high quality floss that did the job.

They offer silk and bamboo options, and I opted for bamboo because it came in a multipack. 

They even have a refillable metal and glass dispenser!

Reducing Microplastics: How I Overhauled My Grooming Routine In 6 Months

Plastic- Free Hand Soap

Next up, was hand soap. People have been using bar soap for thousands of years. No need for a plastic pump dispenser. We use good old fashioned Ivory soap for our hands at all sinks in the house.

As a bonus, I was able to replace my face wash that came in a plastic bottle with one that works just as well, and comes in bar form. The brand is called Primally Pure, and most of their products come in glass bottles or bar form, and are made of all-natural ingredients. 

I wanted to prevent the scummy soap buildup that can happen with bar soap holders, so I looked a LOT before finding a bamboo dish that has an elevated, slatted surface, so the soap bars can air-dry underneath.

Plastic- Free Deodorant

For deodorant, I didn’t particularly care about reducing waste – the main priority is that it’s effective. Natural deodorants were not on my mind at all, until I started using Primally Pure for skincare and loved their products’ effectiveness. I tried their deodorant on a whim and ended up  liking it, so I switched. 

I needed something with antiperspirant as well, and it turns out the natural deodorant works for that too.  

Reducing Microplastics: How I Overhauled My Grooming Routine In 6 Months

Again, I don’t think chemicals are bad (everything is made up of chemicals), by just comparing the ingredients of deodorants shows a clear distinction between brands. If the more natural one works just as well, why not use it?

  • Gillette Cool Wave Gel Ingredients: Aluminum Zirconium Octachlorohydrex Gly (Anhydrous) (17 %), Antiperspirant. Inactive Ingredients: Water, Alcohol Denat., Cyclopentasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Calcium Chloride, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Fragrance.
  • Secret Solid Deodorant Ingredients: Aluminum Zirconium Pentachlorohydrex Gly (Anhydrous) (18 %), Cyclopentasiloxane, Stearyl Alcohol, Mineral Oil, Dimethicone, Petrolatum, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PPG-14 Butyl Ether, Fragrance, Cyclodextrin, Behenyl Alcohol
  • Primally Pure Deodorant Full Ingredient List: Arrowroot Powder, Coconut Oil, Baking Soda, Tallow, Beeswax, Zinc Oxide, Kaolin Clay, Rosemary Extract, Vitamin E
  • (Note: “organic” and “non-GMO” words have been removed)

Plastic- Free Shaving

Inside the shower, razors. My fiance is the one who made this switch. He was tired of spending $18 for 4 razor blade heads, and I didn’t like tossing all the plastic. He did a bunch of research on safety razors and found the brand Henson, which is gaining popularity due to a massive marketing push.

Instead of $18 for 4 razor heads, we pay $10 for 100 of them. 

I’m thrilled with the shave I get and the only thing I added was shave soap. My fiance had an antique metal shaving soap dish, so it was an easy switch.

Like hand soap, body wash is a big waste of plastic and difficult to recycle, so I  switched back to bar soap. I normally don’t buy bar soap because my best friend makes it in bulk during Christmas time and sends me a year’s supply.

Reducing Microplastics: How I Overhauled My Grooming Routine In 6 Months

Plastic- Free Shampoo and Conditioner

Lastly, shampoo and conditioner.

Here again, I was not really looking to make the switch away from plastic. I simply was sick of my fine hair getting oil buildup. I had tried all kinds of expensive, salon-exclusive, and even custom-made shampoo and conditioners and none of them worked that well. 

I came across the brand Ethique recommended in a subreddit for my hair type (there’s a reddit for everything). 

It works FANTASTICALLY, and it is far cheaper than the expensive stuff I was buying before.

Timeline

This switchover happened gradually, as I started running out of things and needing to replace them. The process took about 6 months, but now I have choices that will last a long time. (But not for a long time in a landfill).

Truly, I feel so satisfied to get in my shower every day and see no plastic! 

Products mentioned:

Bamboo Floss and Dispenser: https://ecoroots.us/products/floss-refill-bundle 

Bamboo Soap Dish: https://www.etsy.com/listing/818880874/dual-layer-bamboo-soap-dish-best 

Primally Pure: http://rwrd.io/zyl36cw?c (referral link for $10 off your order)

Stirling Shave Soap: https://www.stirlingsoap.com/collections/shave-soap 

Henson Razor: https://hensonshaving.com/collections/henson-razors 

Ethique: https://prz.io/GDJL3lnHm (referral link for 20% off your order)

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