Our bedtime routines, much like our morning routines, can be a time when a lot of trash is generated or not so eco-friendly products are used (microbeads, anyone?)
Only, at the end of the day, you may have even less energy available to make eco-conscious choices.
If you’re more of a morning person, the secret to a foolproof and green bedtime routine is to set everything up well before you’ll actually need to use it. That way, you can stumble through your ritual half-asleep without missing a beat!
So what exactly should you be putting in place?
Well, there are a few simple swaps that can make a big difference in your bedtime routine’s overall eco-friendliness- and in your bleary-eyed state, you may not even notice the difference!
#1 Swap Out Your Toothbrush
Toothbrushes have been getting a lot of attention lately, and not all of it has been good.
You see, if you’re using a cheap plastic toothbrush that you replace every 3 months like the dentist recommends, you’re generating quite a lot of plastic waste.
Now, getting an electric toothbrush with a reusable handle cuts down on this a bit because you only need to replace the brush head, but that’s still generating trash every 3 months like clockwork.
There are also bamboo toothbrushes that you can just throw on the compost pile once you’re done with them, but a lot of those still use nylon bristles, so what are you supposed to do with that?
Might I instead recommend the Preserve toothbrush?
It’s made from recycled plastics like yogurt cups, the packaging it comes in serves double duty as a travel case, and once you hit that 3-month mark, you can mail it back to be recycled again through Preserve’s toothbrush takeback program!
Oh, and you can also customize the softness of your brush’s bristles, choose from a variety of great colors, and for every 6 toothbrushes you send back, you’ll receive a $6 coupon code.
Best toothbrush ever? You be the judge.
Whether your typical bedtime routine is a one-step makeup removal or a 16-step intensive anti-aging bonanza, choosing products made sustainably with natural ingredients and eco-friendly packaging can reduce your impact significantly. Especially if you’re the type to go through a bottle of moisturizer per week!
With all of the great skincare products in the DoneGood shop, you should be able to find the perfect product for any face- without wreaking havoc on the environment.
#3 Slip Into Some Sustainable PJs
There’s nothing better than putting on some soft, warm, and cozy pajamas after a long day. Unless you prefer to sleep in the nude. Then I guess they would feel more like a fluffy cotton prison.
But for everyone else, sustainably-made pjs like the ones from Majamas Earth are the perfect addition to your nighttime routine. They have styles for both women and men, and all of their clothes are made in the United States under strict standards that ensure the environment isn’t being harmed.
You can learn more about their eco-friendly mission straight from the founder here:
#4 Get Some Eco-Friendly Sheets
If you’ve never owned a fancy-shmancy pair of grown-up sheets, now is the time to upgrade.
Not only will a high-quality pair of sheets last a lot longer than that kind that feels like a T-shirt, if you buy from DoneGood-approved brands like Eucalypso or Under the Canopy, they’ll be a lot easier on the earth.
If super comfy, sustainably-made sheets don’t help you sleep better at night, I don’t know what will!
Enjoy Your New Bedtime Routine!
There you have it- 4 simple swaps to make your bedtime routine just that much more green. See how many you can incorporate into your night time routine. You don’t have to rush out and buy everything new all at once, but as your current items need replacement, think about making the switch to more eco-friendly alternatives.
Of course, these are just a few suggestions that are widely applicable. You know your own bedtime routine best- challenge yourself to think of ways that you can make it more sustainable, whether it’s remembering to turn off the tap while you brush your teeth or taking a 2-gallon shower.
But don’t let me keep you up. Go enjoy your newly green bedtime routine!
Freelance writer working with bighearted businesses who want to better our world.