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Personal Hygiene Using Green Products

By: Anna Martin - Updated: 13 Nov 2010 | comments*Discuss
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There are many effortless ways in which you can green your personal hygiene. The fact that you have chosen to examine the way in which you select, purchase and use hygiene products suggests that you are ready and willing to make changes to your lifestyle, as well as a welcome contribution to the environment.

Choosing Greener Products

Buying green personal hygiene products may initially seem more expensive. This is because the items you are selecting are currently not as widely purchased as other, more familiar brands. What you should take into consideration though is that choosing natural-ingredient personal care products, over processed products, has many benefits to offer.

Start by examining the product labels. Many personal care products contain ingredients and substances that are harmful to your skin and also to the environment. By choosing natural ingredients you are stopping skin irritants and toxins from coming into contact with your skin. Online research using a searchable online database of personal care product and cosmetic manufacturers will enable you to find the products that are best suited to you.

Shop Smart

In order to maintain a green personal care regime you will have to replace the products you currently purchase with alternatives that do the job in an environmentally friendly way. Choose aluminium-free deodorant that is made with natural mineral salts. Products that contain petroleum use up precious fossil fuel so it is better to buy products that use beeswax instead.

Green Feminine Hygiene Products

The majority of feminine hygiene products, like sanitary towels, contain chlorine-bleached cotton, as well as dioxins, which are harmful substances. Artificial fragrances are also sometimes used, and these too contain harmful, and toxic, chemicals. The applicators and adhesives used are also non-biodegradable.

The increase in eco aware women has meant that feminine hygiene products, that are bleach and toxic free, are now available.

Conserving Water

Without realising it we each use far more water than necessary on a daily basis. By making a few easy adjustments, without compromising our hygiene standards, we can begin to reduce the amount of water we regularly waste.

Taking showers, instead of a bath, saves water and reduces the amount of time we spend on hygiene practice. Taking shorter showers and turning the tap off while we brush our teeth or wash our hair also helps conserve water.

Using a hand sanitiser, that contains natural ingredients, will also reduce endless hand washing where the taps are often left running.


There are a host of reference books and websites that provide information on making your own eco-friendly personal care products. Not only will you save money and benefit from the use of the product but you will also have acquired a new skill in the mixing up of the ingredients and making of the product.

Recycling Product Packaging

You have opted to purchase green personal care products because you want to do your bit for the environment, whilst minimising damaging effects to your skin. Recycling the packaging your personal care product is stored in will further help the environment. Buying products that are packaged in recycled or recyclable materials should also be encouraged.

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