low impact bathroom

I have been working to reduce the amount of waste/plastic/chemicals we bring into our home — again. I seem to do this in “fits and spurts.”  Since I’m using the Iona “rules” I’ll be posting more about how I use the earth’s resources for accountability.

Here is what is currently in my bathroom cabinet. Things that will be changing have the overstrike font and my replacements are listed at the bottom of the post.

  • Top shelf: 1) make up bag with stick blush, blush brush, BB cream with sunscreen, and mascara and 2) nail care box with nail brush, nail buffer, clippers, and a heel file.
  • Middle Shelf: yearly supply of contacts, eye drops, contact solution, Harry razor + 3 extra blades, and clay (for masks, comes in a paper bag and I store it in a repurposed glass jar).
  • Bottom self: Osea face wash**, Ursa Major face cream**, LOreal face cream with SPF,  Dr Bronner’s gentle salve (I use this as lip balm & lotion), Dr. Bronner’s arnica and menthol salve, sandlewood comb, deodorant stone, Schmidt’s deodorant, Mable toothbrush, tide stick.
  • Things not seen: Lucky toothpaste & floss, toilet paper, potty cloths.


In the shower:  Dr Bronner’s peppermint bar soap, Acure peppermint shampoo, 3 cotton washcloths (use one, clean one, and a backup) and my Turkish towel (1 in use, 1 in the cabinet).10178571-3E36-4D02-AAEE-E3653E7A6C2C


**Things I will be changing—

  • Osea face cleaner— not rebuying, I’m trying Chagrin Valley’s sugar scrub and L’Oreal clay cleanser
  • Ursa Major face cream— not rebuying
  • Acure peppermint shampoo — replaced with Chagrin Valley Ayurveda Herb shampoo bar + Apple Cider Vinegar rinse once a week.
  • Toothpaste — just using regular toothpaste right now.



It seems like such a small thing, I mean, it is just a toothbrush. I’ve been brushing my teeth for about 52 years now and I never really gave my brush that much thought. The problem is . . . I should have.

Enter the MableBrush


  • No waste packaging
  • Bamboo handle (compostable)
  • BPA free bristles
  • Stands up
  • Cute non-toxic paint on bottom so you know it is your brush and not your partner’s.
  • It is very comfortable to hold, even for my hands — nice wide base to grip.
  • The company even has a way to get your brush delivered automatically, which will save you Amazon’s packaging it in a plastic bubble filled envelope and take one more thing of your to-do list.