Best Gifts For A Sustainable Kitchen

Unique Products For A Sustainable And Low Waste Kitchen Inspired From Around The World!

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If you’re on the search for an eco-friendly gift, you’re not alone! When it comes to gift giving, many people are opting for sustainable products that are nontoxic and earth-friendly, especially for the home.

Each year, more and more people are becoming conscious consumers who no longer want to fill their home with single-use plastic “junk”.

As a result, many areas of the home have been getting “green” makeovers—particularly bathrooms and kitchens, which tend to produce the most waste.

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That’s why when it comes to gifts, I love shopping for eco-friendly items that will help make a person’s home more sustainable—weather they live an eco-conscious lifestyle or not.

The kitchen in particular is one of my favorite areas of the home to shop for when it comes to sustainable kitchenware. Items made from ceramic, wood, silicone, stainless steel and recycled aluminum are just so much healthier and visually more appealing than stuff made from plastic. They’re more durable and last longer too.

Below you’ll find some pretty cool sustainable kitchen and cookware products! These eco-friendly and sustainable kitchenware items make perfect gifts for any occasion and some are inspired from cultures outside of the U.S.!

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Organic Cotton Plant Dyed Apron

Full Circle Home

The Kind collection apron from Full Circle Home is made from organic cotton and plant-based dyes. It’s durable, functional, and best of all, stylish and environmentally friendly.

Bamboo Dish Towels

Ecotiva

Bamboo towels are 4 times more absorbent than cotton, and much more durable. These bamboo dish clothes come in a pack of 8 and come in compostable cardboard packaging.

Glass Canisters With Bamboo Lids

Le’Raze

Glass canisters are a great zero waste alternative to plastic Tupperware and look very elegant when displayed on a counter top. Each of these canisters contain an airtight bamboo lid, and come in a pack of 5 in various sizes.

Ceramic Condiment Jars

Foride

This ceramic condiment bowl set is perfect for the kitchen table, kitchen countertop or coffee table—and especially perfect for occasions where you’re entertaining guests. Each ceramic bowl is suitable for spices, powdered creamer, sugar and more!

Bamboo Fiber Dinnerware Set

Earth’s Dreams

This minimalistic yet elegant 17 piece bamboo fiber dinnerware set is the perfect eco-friendly gift for the kitchen! It especially makes a wonderful housewarming and wedding gift for eco conscious couples who prefer simple and natural kitchenware.

Handmade Artisan Citrus Juicer

Verve Culture

Popular in juice markets all over Mexico, the Handmade Artisan Citrus Juicer from Verve Culture is a countertop citrus juicer that’s hand-made from 100% recycled aluminum and provides a traditional citrus juicing experience!

Countertop Compost Bin

BelleMark

Every sustainable kitchen needs a small compost bin for food scraps! Compost isn’t just for gardens—it can be used as rich nutritious food for houseplants! This modern compost bin by BelleMark is perfect for kitchens of any size and looks great!

Chocolate Sink Bars

Apple Valley Natural Soap

These large hand-made sink bars by Apple Valley Natural Soap are hand-made with natural and organic ingredients and are excellent zero-waste alternatives to liquid soap! They’re made with moisturizing cocoa butter and look fabulous on your kitchen sink!

Bamboo Fiber Scrub Brush Set

TresStones

These bamboo dish brushes by TresStones are made from renewable bamboo and coconut fibers. They’re also more durable than sponges, safer, healthier and environmental friendly—they won’t take hundreds of years to biodegrade. This brush set makes a perfect sustainable gift for any kitchen!

Ceramic Utensil Croc Holder

Barnyard Designs

Decorate, organize, and beautifully display your cooking utensils in this ceramic kitchen utensil crock that adds a touch of French Country flare to any kitchen. The rustic look and porcelain-like finish on the ceramic container gives this stoneware utensil caddy a vintage charm that will look lovely on your countertop!

3-Sided Acacia Wood Salad Bowl Serving Set

Pacific Merchants Trading Companies

Serve up a more sustainable meal with the eco-friendly 3-Sided Acacia Wood Salad Bowl Serving Set from Pacific Merchants Trading Company! Handcrafted from one solid piece of 100% naturally renewable acacia wood that is sustainably harvested with low-impact foresting practices and minimal chemicals or waste.

Beeswax Food Wrap Gift Set

Akeeko

Beeswax food wraps make wonderful eco-friendly gifts for the kitchen because they replace items like plastic lids and Saran Wrap. They’re even incredibly handy for keeping items fresh (like cheese) and make awesome lunchbox essentials for items like sandwiches.

Traditional Molinillo Whisk

Verve Culture

The molinillo is a Mexican wooden whisk that’s used to mix up and add froth to a batch of Mexican hot chocolate. You simply roll the shaft between your palms to churn, mix, and foam the chocolate. The molinillo is also great for muddling fruits and herbs in your cocktails!

Pakkawood Cooking Utensil Set

Island Bamboo

This gorgeous and exotic 6-piece Pakkawood cooking utensil set is nonstick and heat resistant.
Pakkawood is crafted from many layers of beautiful hardwoods, and infused with natural and chemical-free dyes. They’re biodegradable and add some fun to the kitchen!

Handmade Cooking Tagine

Verve Culture

This Moroccan style cooking vessel from Verve Culture is both a cooking tool, and a serving dish – and is handmade from clay formed from the rich, red Moroccan soil of Wadi Lan, and then decorated with a lead-free glaze. Use it to caramelize food, or keep food warmer longer when serving!

Vintage Ceramic Mason Jar Kitchenware Set

Comfify

This eco-friendly vintage themed ceramic cookware set is in the shape of mason jars. This set includes all of your most critical cooking tools, together and in one place: 4 measuring spoons, 4 measuring cups and a spoon holder.

Recycled Bamboo Chopsticks Charcuterie Board

ChopValue

Made from 450 chopsticks, this unique and versatile kitchen board will fulfill any of your food presentation needs. The recycled bamboo chopsticks that were used to make this charcuterie board create a sleek caramelized brown tone with a natural one-of-a-kind look.

Wooden Salt And Pepper Grinder Set

Fanatu

This wooden salt and pepper grinder set comes with 2 grinders, a box with swivel lid, spoon and cleaning brush. This set fits in with any decor and looks fabulous on any kitchen or dining room table!

Ceramic Pie Pans

Avla

Ceramic pie pans make beautiful eco-friendly bakeware gifts for those who love to bake! These nontoxic ceramic pie pans by Avla are made from glazed ceramic material and resist staining, odors and cracking. 

Plastic-Free Halloween Treat Options For Trick Or Treaters

Eco-Friendly Halloween Treats For Sustainable Trick Or Treating

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Around 600 million pounds of Halloween candy is purchased by Americans every year. And when you think about it, that’s actually a lot of plastic wrappers that are going to end up either in the landfill or your neighborhood sidewalks.

But, Halloween happens to be my favorite holiday, and I do participate in handing out treats—they just happen to be plastic free and low waste options.

Trying to come up with plastic alternatives to traditional Halloween candy can seem intimidating at first, but when you think about, there are actually quite a few items that you can hand out that trick or treaters will still enjoy—stuff that doesn’t even have to be candy—just think outside the box.

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Halloween Treats That You Shouldn’t Hand Out

Some things that you think might be a good eco-friendly Halloween treat idea, are actually a really bad idea. Below are some examples.

Homemade Goods


When it comes to eco-friendly Halloween treats, many people automatically think “homemade”. And while that’s ok to do for your child’s classroom Halloween party, strangers won’t be so keen to dig into your homemade rice crispy treats.

As a parent, I don’t trust homemade Halloween treats from people I don’t know—even if they live on my street. I just end up throwing them away because I don’t know what was placed inside.

Fruits & Vegetables

Fruit is another weird Halloween treat that people will most likely throw out. Like homemade treats, fruit can easily be tampered with, and plus, what 8 year old would want to haul around a banana in their candy bucket?

Toothbrushes

You don’t want to be that house that gets skipped every year because you give out toothbrushes. When it comes to Halloween and Trick Or Treating, kids want sugar, fun novelty items and more sugar. You’ll just end up getting your front yard TP’d.

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Boxed Candy

Nerds

One of the most low-waste candy options is handing out boxed candy—like Nerds! Boxed candy is eco-friendly because the packaging can be recycled. And Nerds have been sold in boxed containers for decades. It actually happens to be my favorite candy. And if you’re feeling extra generous, you can always go for theater-size boxes of Sour Patch Kid candy. Both of these are sold in bulk on Amazon.



Foil Candy

Fruidles

A lot of chocolate candy is wrapped in foil, which is totally recyclable provided that you clean off any remnants of food particles and make it nice and flat (not crumpled up). You can buy all sorts of foil wrapped chocolates like Hershey Kisses, or my personal favorite (since I was a kid), Halloween themed chocolates with scary monster faces! Those are iconic and I am stoked that they still sell them on Amazon! Yes, the packaging that houses these gems is plastic, but they are individually wrapped in foil and you can’t win ‘em all.

Paper Wrapped Candy

Pixie Sticks

Pixie sticks are one of the many delicious candy that come packaged in paper, which is both biodegradable and compostable. These paper wrapped candies are available in bulk (pack of 300 sticks) on Amazon.

Soda Cans

Soda Can

Soda cans are a pretty cool treat to give out, and you don’t even have to give out full sizes—just get the pint size mini variety at your local grocery store. Aluminum cans are recyclable and kids are already allowed to binge on candy for this one night of the year so a little soda won’t hurt. Plus, parents will be probably steal it and drink it as they walk from house to house. I would.

Silicone Bracelets

DIYASY

Silicone bracelets can be reused an endless amount of times—plus, they’re fun. Kids love bracelets, and they’ll be sure to put them on right after they receive them! This bulk pack by DIYASY is under $10 for a pack of 40, which is a great deal!

Mini Pumpkins

Mini Pumpkins

Mini pumpkins are a Halloween staple, and although they’re not “sweets”, they’re still pretty cool to give out as Halloween treats. Kids can take these home and decorate them. You can get quite a few for cheap at your local pumpkin farm or farmer’s market. Moms will probably even use them as decor for Thanksgiving. It’s a win-win.

Pencils

Outus

Halloween themed pencils and rubber erasers actually make pretty decent Halloween treats. I would sometimes get them as a kid and I didn’t mind at all. You can actually buy them in bulk like this set by Outus which comes in a 101 piece set for under $20.

10 Best Sustainable Face Masks For 2022

Eco-Friendly, Organic, And Reusable Face Mask Brands To Protect Against Covid

Updated January 12, 2022

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With new Covid variants constantly on the rise, it seems like face masks are not going to go away anytime soon—in fact, they’ve become just as essential as our wallets and smart phones whenever we go out.

And when it comes to face masks, many eco-conscious individuals are opting for sustainable masks to lower their carbon footprint and keep their skin healthy while protecting themselves from pathogens.

What Are Sustainable Face Masks?

“Sustainable” face masks are made from fabric that is environmentally friendly and responsibly made. In other words, they are cloth face masks that can be reused and later composted.

What Are Sustainable Face Masks Made From?

Sustainable cloth face masks are made from eco-friendly textile such as cotton, linen, hemp and bamboo viscose. There are even face masks made from recycled polyester.


I really love face masks made from hemp— because hemp is both antifungal, antibacterial, hypoallergenic, and grows in abundance—it’s basically a biological regenerative ecosystem.

Other types of sustainable face masks are made from fabric like organic cotton, which uses 91 percent less water than regular cotton and produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions. 

And then there are reusable cloth masks made from bamboo fiber—which is ultra soft, anti-bacterial, and moisture wicking.

Are Sustainable Face Masks Recyclable?

Unfortunately, cloth face masks are not recyclable because they simply aren’t sanitary (no matter how well you wash them). Even thrift stores will not accept used face masks.

You can however, upcycle cloth face masks and turn them into fashion staples such as tote bags, aprons and coin purses.

How Do You Wash Reusable Face Masks?

Although many cloth face masks can be washed in the washing machine on gentle cycle, it is recommended that you hand wash your reusable mask and hang to dry (or tumble dry low).

And if you happen to have sensitive skin, consider using plant-based laundry detergent. Our faces make contact with face masks all day, everyday—so using a non-toxic laundry soap is best.

Below are some of my favorite eco-friendly and sustainable cloth face mask brands that I highly recommend if you’re someone who wants to lower their carbon footprint.

Disclaimer: Please note that these masks are not intended for medical professionals. They are NOT a substitute for surgical or N95 masks.

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Kitsch

Kitsch | Cotton Face Masks

Size Range | One Size Fits Most

The Kitsch reusable face masks are made from 100% cotton and come in both neutral, as well as bohi-chíc and feminine designs. These cloth masks are easy to breathe through, and the pleated design allows the mask to hug your chin and jaw line.

Features

  • Soft cotton material
  • Washable & reusable
  • Comfortable & easy to wear
  • One size fits most
LastMask

LastMask | Recycled Polyester & Cotton Mask

Size Range | One Size Fits Most

The LastObject brand has come up with an awesome reusable face mask called LastMask—made of both recycled and organic material which includes a carrying case and bonus reusable bottle for sanitizer.

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Features

  • 3 layers made from recycled polyester, non-woven ss fabric and organic cotton
  • Adjustable ear loops
  • Bendable nose wire
Life Without Plastic

Life Without Plastic | Organic Cotton Mask

Size Range | One Size Fits Most

These organic cotton masks by Life Without Plastic are washable, repairable, non-plastic and 100% GOTS certified organic. They are made with 2 layers of tightly woven fabric, and can be washed and re-used repeatedly. 

Features

  • 100% GOTS certified organic cotton
  • These organic cotton masks are washable
  • Breathable, lightweight and an Earth-friendly 
First Crop

First Crop | Hemp Face Masks

Size Range | Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large & Child

The First Crop hemp face masks contain 4-layers of washable fabric with an adjustable nose bridge. This mask also has antimicrobial properties and resilience of hemp fiber with a non-woven filtration barrier to provide the highest level of protection, comfort, and breathability.

Features

  • Natural from 100% organic hemp
  • Sustainable
  • Adjustable nose bridge
  • Antifungal and anti microbial
  • Provides jobs for locals
Finn + Emma

Finn + Emma| Organic Cotton Mask

Size Range | Adult (One Size Fits All) & Child

These stylish and environmentally friendly reusable masks by Finn + Emma come in all sorts of charming designs. They are ethically made in India from GOTS certified organic cotton, and come in matching sets for mom and child.

Features

  • 100% organic cotton
  • G.O.T.S. certified
  • non-toxic, eco-friendly dyes
  • ethically made in India
Moss Rose

Moss Rose | Organic Cotton Masks

Size Range | One Adjustable Size

These sustainable face masks by Moss Rose come in a pack of 2, and are made from 100% cotton which makes them eco-friendly and hypoallergenic. These masks also contain a hemp lining and filter pocket!

Features

  • 100% Organic Cotton
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Hemp lining
  • Adjustable Ear Straps
Made With Hemp

Maid With Hemp | Hemp Mask

Size Range | One Adjustable Size

The Reusable Hemp Face Mask by Maid with Hemp has a tie-back style that allows you to adjust it manually.

This reusable face mask is constructed with both breathable, renewable hemp and lightweight organic cotton. This eco-friendly face mask also features a soft pocket liner and organic cotton straps—so you’ll be both protected and comfortable, all while staying true to sustainability. 

Features

  • Handmade by Maid with Hemp 
  • Hemp, a renewable resource, is naturally anti-microbial and anti-fungal 
  • Porous fibers for easy breathing 
  • Durable and long lasting
Big Boy Bamboo

Big Boy Bamboo | Bamboo Masks

Size Range | One Size For Large Faces

Big Boy Bamboo is an online shop with apparel and masks specially made for big and tall men! And the best part is that their masks and clothing are made from sustainable bamboo which is a soft, antibacterial and moisture wicking fiber.

“Big Boy Bamboo has the goods for dudes with manly beards, masculine jutting chins, and impressive king-sized faces” – Big Boy Bamboo

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Features:  

  • 95% Organic Bamboo Viscose and 5% Spandex
  • Stretchy Loops

Alex+Nova

Alex + Nova | Organic Cotton Masks

Size Range | One Size

This sustainable and reusable face mask by Alex + Nova is super soft and ultra-minimal. It’s made with 100% organic cotton and features cozy over the ear straps which are also made from organic cotton. A center seam contours the nose for optimal fit and comfort. Plus, it may be washed, sanitized, and reused time and time again.

Features

  • Made by Alex + Nova, a mom-owned company that creates products for children and adults using eco-friendly materials!
  • Super-soft reusable cotton face mask 
  • Masks secured with cotton loops that go over the ears 
  • Center seam contours to nose
HaloLife

HaloLife Masks | Nanotechnology Face Masks

Size Range | Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large

These sustainable face masks by HaloLife contain bamboo lining and waterproof nanofilters which are composed of strands that are smaller than a strand of hair—capturing the tiniest of particles and pathogens while still allowing the maximum airflow.

HaloLife masks are available in sizes small to extra large and you can receive a discount when you sign up for their email.

Features

  • Includes 1 replaceable HALO Nanofilter™ good for 200+ hours. 
  • Replaceable latex nose pad prevents fogging and air leak
  • Chin wrap provides an air-tight seal, even with facial hair & beards
  • Super-breathable poly-blend outer material (80% Polyester, 20% Lycra)
  • Soft moisture-wicking Bamboo lining is ultra-comfortable, even for long wear  
  • Adjustable embedded nose clip and ear-loops make a perfect fit

Best Reusable Face Masks For Kids

Breathable Face Masks For Back To School That Provide Excellent Coverage For Little Faces

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It’s that time of year again where kids need face masks for back to school—including my own.

With the Omicron variant spreading rapidly across the country, schools are requiring that children wear face masks both in school and on the bus—which ensures that they stay protected from possible exposure to Covid-19.

But, not all masks are created equal, and some are down right uncomfortable because they don’t fit properly—making them ineffective. That’s why it’s important to invest in a reusable face mask that not only has essential features recommended by the CDC, but also positive reviews by previous customers. It’s also important to go for functionality over cute aesthetics.

Essential Face Mask Features

According to the CDC, face masks should have two or more layers of breathable and washable fabric. They should snugly cover the nose and mouth leaving no gaps, and should contain a nose wire to prevent air from escaping from the top—which, if you wear eye glasses, can result in condensation forming on your lenses.


Eye Glass Wearers

The very first time that I bought my son a reusable mask, I went for “cute” instead of functional. He really wanted a Wall-E mask, so I went on Etsy and found one that he really liked. However, when it arrived and he put it on, he could barely breathe, and his glasses fogged nonstop.

Needless to say, I learned from that mistake.

And this year, I did a ton of research on face mask ‘anatomy’ and found a mask that not only fits my child’s face properly, but also doesn’t fog up his eyeglass lenses.

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The reusable face mask that I initially purchased was flat, single layered, didn’t have a nose bridge wire, didn’t have a filter, and the fabric produced a lot of condensation. Children need the exact opposite—especially if they wear glasses.

The face mask that works best for my eyeglass wearing child is curved and snug with a nose bride wire and adjustable ear loops. The face mask is also made of moisture wicking fabric which produces less condensation, and contains a replaceable filter (it’s the first mask listed below by HaloLife).

Pro Mom Tip: You can also place a bandaid on top of the nose bridge for extra closure to keep air from rising if you still find that your child’s eye glasses fog even with a mask that contains a nose bridge wire. It also works to help hold a mask in place that is a little too loose.

Below are my top face mask recommendations for children based on what my son wears. These reusable masks also contain features that are recommended by the CDC and have very positive reviews.

*They may not fit toddlers and preschoolers with tiny faces*

I also recommend hand-washing (or washing on a gentle cycle) and air drying face masks, as cloth face masks tend to shrink in the dryer.

HaloLife Face Masks

HaloLife

HALOLIFE is perhaps one of the best masks on the market right now due to their trademarked nanofilter technology.

The nanofilters within these face masks are composed of strands that are smaller than a strand of hair, capturing the tiniest of particles and pathogens while still allowing the maximum airflow. The masks also contain moisture wicking bamboo lining which greatly reduces condensation—great for eyeglass wearers.

*They sell out quickly—but you can try size adult small for bigger kids!*

Features

  • Sizing: Fits most kids between 3 and 12 years old
  • Includes 1 replaceable HALO Nanofilter™ good for 200+ hours. 
  • Replaceable latex nose pad prevents fogging and air leak
  • Chin wrap provides an air-tight seal
  • Super-breathable Cotton (92%) with Spandex (8%) for flex and durability
  • Soft moisture-wicking lining is ultra-comfortable, even for long wear  
  • Adjustable embedded nose clip and ear-loops make a perfect fit
  • Antibacterial and hypoallergenic materials used

Inexgear The Better Mask for Kids™

The Inexgear Better Mask For Kids provides 3 layers of protection and is strategically tailored to avoid obstructing your vision and designed to accommodate glasses. The mask includes an integrated chin cup while fitting comfortable under the chin.

Features

  • Real protection – Nanofiber filtration and antimicrobial treatment.
  • Comfortable fit – Secure-but-not-restrictive, with a soft, customizable nose bridge, and adjustable ear loops with toggles for added comfort.
  • Outer layer – highly breathable INEXSHELL™ 100% cotton fabric with antimicrobial treatment.
  • INEXSHIELD – 100% nanofiber filtration helps block harmful airborne contaminants.
  • Inner layer – 100% polyester fabric with antimicrobial treatment is soft, moisture-wicking and cooling for next-to-face comfort.

Masked For School

Masked For School

The Masked For School face masks are reusable and eco-friendly. The outer layer of these masks are made with RecycleveTM (100% certified recycled polyester fabric) to help keep waste out of landfills. 

Features

  •  High-tech material: Made with an innovative material that has been tested for quality.
  •  3 layers:  Inner layer is made with absorbent polyester with antibacterial material sewn in, the middle layer is a 100% cotton/polyester lining, and the outer layer is made of non-absorbent Recycleve™, 100% recycled polyester.
  •  Meets World Health Organization mask standards: 3-layers, breathable, absorbent inner layer, and non-absorbent outer layer
  •  Antibacterial layer: Made with zinc oxide that destroys bacteria and the antibacterial material maintains its effectiveness after multiple washes.
  •  Water-resistant: Prevents your face mask from getting soaked. The water resistance level will be maintained for up to 20 to 30 washes and the mask dries quickly. The mask can still be used in dry conditions after 20 to 30 washes. 
  •  Adjustable ear loops: Provides more comfort and helps close any gaps around the face.
  •  Nose bridge: Creates a better fit around your face.

Mask By Design

Mask By Design is another top notch, excellent quality face mask brand for youth that comes in over 40 designs.

These kids face masks contain three layers of fabric which provides extra protection against dust and particles. The inner layer is 100% cotton for comfort and breathability. The middle & outer layers are 95% Polyester and 5% Spandex.

These face masks for kids also contain a side pocket for filter insertion, adjustable ear loops and an adjustable nose bridge wire. (Filters are sold separately, but do not prevent the masks from doing their job as the mask contains a triple layer of protection).

CoRevival Face Masks

CoRevival face masks for kids have a really unique design and they’re especially great face masks for kids with eyeglasses.

These face masks contain a nose flap that adds extra protection, keeps the masks from sliding down, and keeps condensation from forming on eyeglass lenses.

In addition to the nose flap feature, these face masks for kids are made from soft and hypoallergenic cotton, contain adjustable ear loops and are lightweight and breathable.

Stephen Joseph Face Masks

Stephen Joseph

These face masks for kids by Stephen Joseph offer triple layer protection and contain a super soft cotton lining which is great for children with sensory issues.

The Stephen Joseph masks contain an adjustable nose bridge wire as well as adjustable ear loops. They also come with a filter pocket and reusable zipper pouch with a handy carabiner to keep it clean when not on your face.

Woplagyreat Face Masks

Woplagyreat

The Woplagyreat face masks for kids are another great brand with great quality, breathable face masks that offer 3 layers of protection.

These cotton face masks contain an adjustable nose bridge wire and adjustable ear loops for a comfortable and secure fit.

These face masks for kids also come in a set of 4 which is great because your child can rotate the different designs while you wash the others.

10 Best Zero-Waste Shampoo Bars Of 2022

Plastic Free Shampoo Bars For A Sustainable Hair Care Routine

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Shampoo bars are an awesome zero waste swap when it comes to hair care. They’re completely plastic-free and made with organic ingredients—making them completely biodegradable and eco-friendly.

The Benefits Of Using Shampoo Bars

Shampoo bars are actually multi-purpose! That’s right! Not only are shampoo bars an excellent hair care product, they’re also great for your face, body and hands. So if you’re somewhat of a minimalist or someone who’s always late in the mornings, a shampoo bar is your one stop shop for cleanliness!

Shampoo bars are also eco friendly and made with nontoxic and biodegradable ingredients like essential oils and butters that are free of phthalates, parabens and carcinogens. So you’ll feel really good about what you’re putting on your body and down the drain.

Shampoo bars are perfect for travel and vacations! Let’s face it, nobody likes to use those tiny hotel shampoos. They’re more of a keepsake than personal care item. That’s where shampoo bars come in handy.

They’re easy to pack, won’t go rogue and spill all over your luggage, and they’ll keep you from spending money on bottled shampoo that you probably won’t use up in time and will have to leave for cleaning service to dispose of.

Lastly, my personal favorite benefit of owning a shampoo bar: they’re plastic free and save space. Before trying and falling in love with shampoo bars, my shower would be cluttered with plastic shampoo bottles—taking up so much space and spending who knows how long in a landfill. But with a shampoo bar, all you need is a really good soap dish! For more info on how to store your shampoo bar, and some really cool soap dish recommendations, see my article here!

How Do You Use A Shampoo Bar


Shampoo bars are pretty simple to use. Whether you’re in the shower or prefer to wash your hair in the sink, you basically take your shampoo bar and rub it in a circular motion against your wet hair, creating a lather. The you simply rinse and repeat—or not. It’s up to you.

Some shampoo bars are so moisturizing that you don’t need to follow up with a conditioner. However, if your hair absolutely needs some extra lovin’, you can always get a conditioner bar as well. Some of the brands below even sell them in combos.

The zero waste shampoo bars below are also all cruelty free and ethically made with natural and organic ingredients.

Best Overall

Simply Shea Shampoo Bar


Apple Valley Natural Soap Simply Shea Shampoo Bar

Made In | The USA

Apple Valley Natural Soap is a shampoo bar company that not too many people know about! This hidden gem is a family owned business that hand-makes all of their shampoo bars and other fabulous skin care products with all natural and organic ingredients.

Their signature “simply shea” shampoo bars leave hair super soft and luxurious that you won’t even need conditioner! It also has a gender-neutral scent that both men and women will enjoy.

These shampoo bars are always shipped in compostable packaging and the full size bars are a very generous size compared to most shampoo bar brands (and cost less too!).

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Best Shampoo Bar For Men

BossMan

Boss Man 4-In-1 Shampoo Bar

Made In | USA

Perfect for washing more than just hair, Boss Man is the ultimate men’s multi-tasking shampoo bar that tackles hair, face, beard and body. And if you suffer from eczema, psoriasis, dandruff and acne, rest assured that this rugged yet gentle shampoo bar contains all of the essential ingredients that will minimize inflammation and get you feeling good as new.

Best For Babies & Kids

Ethique

Ethique Oaty Delicious

Made In | New Zealand

The eco-friendly kids’ shampoo bar by Ethique called “OatyDelicious” is made from oats, cocoa butter, and oils consisting of chamomile, lavender and coconut. The bar is pH balanced, plant-based, vegan, cruelty free, compostable and of course, zero waste! It’s mild, has a subtle scent and is great for kids with eczema because it’s so gentle on the skin (it can double as a body wash).

Best For Fine/Oily Hair

Good Juju

Good JuJu

Made In | Canada

The Good Juju Shampoo Bar is made from all-organic ingredients that are vegan, cruelty free and color-safe. Made with rich antioxidants, polyphenols, and anti-inflammatory ingredients, this zero waste bar leaves hair nourished while stimulating hair growth.

Best Travel Size

Ethique Hair Sampler Pack

Ethique Shampoo Bars

Made In | New Zealand

Ethique is a very popular shampoo bar brand headquartered in New Zealand and makes really wonderful shampoo bars with all natural and vegan ingredients—and they have a good range of bars for every hair type (including pets). Ethique’s sampler pack is perfect for travel. They’re small and compact, and include a couple of conditioner bars.

Best For Wavy/Curly Hair

Viori

Viori

Made In | USA

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Viori zero waste shampoo bars are handcrafted with ethically sourced Longsheng Rice from the Red Yao tribe in China. The creators were inspired by the women in the tribe, who, even at 70 and 80 years of age, had incredibly thick, long hair with zero gray. If you have damaged hair, Viori will moisturize, strengthen, rejuvenate, renew, volumize, increase natural shine, repair, and gently cleanse your hair and scalp.

Best For Daily Use

Tangie Rose Geranium Shampoo Bar

Tangie Shampoo Bars

Made In | USA

Tangie shampoo bars by Zero Waste Products give your hair luxurious lather and softness, and they come in a lot of various fragrances. This shampoo bar is ultra concentrated and won’t irritate your scalp—making it safe to use everyday. This shampoo bar brand also has a 30 day money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with your purchased, which is very cool.

Best For Dry Or Damaged Hair

HiBAR

HiBAR Shampoo Bars

Made In | USA

HiBAR is another one of my favorite shampoo bar brands that I got to sample a while ago and it does indeed live up to the hype when it comes to hair softness. Each bar contains high-quality, naturally-derived ingredients like nutrient-dense coconut oil, moisturizing shea butter, and fragrant essential oils. No added water means they’re super concentrated and a little bit goes a long way. Plus, all HiBAR products are also cruelty-free and Leaping Bunny Certified, meaning they’re never tested on animals!

Best For Itchy Scalp And Dandruff

Turmeric Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo Bar

Chloe Mason Shampoo Bars

Made In | USA

The Chloe Mason Soap Company has the most beautiful hand-made soap and shampoo bars that I have ever seen! They’re beautifully designed with flowery and shimmery decor, and full of natural ingredients that do wonders for your scalp and hair!

One of their most popular hand-made shampoo bars (shown above) is made with goat milk, apple cider vinegar and turmeric—two key ingredients that fight dandruff and oily hair. It’s also works great as acne treatment because of turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties.

Best For Pets

JR Liggett’s

JR Liggett’s Pet Shampoo Bars

Made In | USA

These all-natural shampoo bars are made especially for pets with pet-safe ingredients. They’re hypoallergenic, made with organic ingredients, and infused with essential oils and added hemp, aloe vera and colloidal oatmeal to help sooth dry, itchy skin. These natural shampoo bars have excellent reviews, and pet owners love that they don’t leave a lingering scent like most bottle shampoo tends to do.

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