These Reusable Personal Care Products Can Make Your Morning Routine Less Wasteful

By Humankind
By Humankind

Modern life is full of waste. Even if you've ditched one-use Ziplocs and plastic straws, started bringing your reusable coffee cup to cafes, and given up your toilet paper in favor of a bidet, your morning routine probably still creates a lot of trash. Nearly all personal care products come in plastic containers: toothpaste tubes, deodorant sticks, mouthwash bottles, and more—and most of them are difficult, if not impossible, to recycle.

But a new line of products from the personal care company by Humankind aims to make getting ready a lot more environmentally sustainable. The company just released deodorant, mouthwash, and shampoo that use almost no plastic packaging.

A green deodorant refill tube
By Humankind

Much like the recently released Myro deodorant, by Humankind's B.O.-fighting, eco-friendly formula comes in a reusable tube. While the outer tube is plastic, it's designed to last you forever. Instead of throwing it out and buying a new tube every month, the company sends you a refill of the aluminum-free natural deodorant formula in a cardboard pod that fits neatly inside the hard plastic casing. The company also donates $1 for every reusable container it sells to removing plastic from the ocean.

Deodorant isn't the only waste-producing bathroom product that by Humankind is looking to innovate, though. The company has also released mouthwash tablets—which look like fancy mints—that you can dissolve in a cup of water or chew directly. The effervescent tablets (in mint, spearmint, orange, lemon, and grapefruit flavors) are designed to normalize the pH of your mouth without the burn of alcohol. Your first shipment of the tablets comes in a reusable plastic container, with subsequent refills arriving in eco-friendly paper packaging.

The new product launch also includes a shampoo bar that further eliminates the need for plastic bottles in your bathroom. You use it just like a bar of soap, lathering it in your hand or against your head. It's available in lemongrass, thyme, or lemon lavender scents, and is designed to reduce dryness so that you don’t need conditioner at all.

Mouthwash tablets in three piles
By Humankind

The refill containers themselves are either made of entirely paper or mostly paper, and all reduce the single-use plastic normally associated with the product by at least 90 percent. (The deodorant refill tube, for instance, has a little plastic cap on it, although most of the tube is cardboard.) All of the packaging materials, meanwhile, are made of compostable fibers like bamboo. They're not only recyclable, but they can be disposed of right in your backyard. According to the company, you can bury the packaging in the ground and it will degrade within 90 days.

All the new products are sold on a subscription basis. A shipment of deodorant costs $15, mouthwash costs $10, and shampoo costs $13. Order them here.

This Incredible Gadget Makes Changing the Toilet Paper Roll a One-Hand, One-Step Chore

Jay_Zynism/iStock via Getty Images
Jay_Zynism/iStock via Getty Images

Failing to swap out the empty roll of toilet paper for a new one would likely top the list of the most common roommate issues. While it’s far from the most time-consuming, disgusting, or aerobic chore, it still feels unnecessarily complicated and irksome.

Some clever engineers are hoping to change that with TP Sidekick, a set of two plastic mechanisms that you fasten to the arms of your toilet paper holder to make changing the roll a one-hand, one-step job. Ultra-strong double-sided adhesive foam keeps the pieces firmly in place on your holder, and all you have to do is push the new roll of toilet paper up through the bottom of your holder. That will push up the small plastic tabs, releasing the existing empty roll and locking the new one into place.

We recommend practicing a few times so you can see where the empty cardboard cylinder usually lands on the floor—then you can place a wastebasket to catch it (as long as you’re planning on recycling the contents of the basket). The TP Sidekick makes changing the roll more convenient for children, elderly people, and those with motor disabilities, and it’s also much more hygienic, considering you don’t have to touch the holder at all.

Before you decide to back the project on Kickstarter, make sure you have toilet paper dispensers that will work with the design: The TP Sidekick fits onto standard dispensers that have two extended, flat-surfaced arms that secure a spring tube in the middle. As seen in the video above, your holder doesn’t have to be totally flat—the arms can be slightly curved upward or inward, and the plastic pieces will still fit well.

One TP Sidekick costs only $11, and you can see more purchasing options from Kickstarter.

While we’re talking about toilet paper, find out if you’re wiping correctly here.

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Unlock Every Flavor Note in Your Morning Coffee With This Elegant Hand-Blown Glass

AVENSI
AVENSI

Even if you can’t match every single glass with the specific type of alcohol you’re supposed to drink out of it, you can probably at least spot the difference between a wine glass, martini glass, Champagne flute, and beer stein. Why, then, in a society so enamored with coffee, do we not afford the same level of care toward our coffee cups?

The inventors behind the AVENSI coffee glassware line want to prove to you that drinking your morning bean juice out of any old mug or paper cup is drastically affecting the taste, aroma, and overall experience of coffee, though you might not realize it.

Avensi coffee glass
AVENSI

They’ve adjusted glass shape, wall curvature, thickness, lip flare, rim diameter, bowl-to-rim ratio, and volume to devise the ultimate hand-blown glass for enhancing coffee’s diverse flavor properties, which you can further unlock by swirling the coffee around your glass to aerate and oxidize it—just like you would with a nice pinot noir. The ultra-thin rim is 60 percent thinner than a regular coffee cup, so each sip will flow across your palate like a gentle wave, and the hybrid thermal wall will keep coffee at your desired temperature for much longer than your regular paper or porcelain container without burning your hands.

The AVENSI glasses were developed and tested by an impressive array of world champion coffee experts, scientists, roasters, shop owners, and sensory experts across more than 30 countries. But you definitely don’t have to have an extensive background in the art and science of coffee to appreciate the subtleties of drinking it; the AVENSI glass delivers the perfect experience, and all you need to do is trust your senses.

There are three versions of the 14-ounce glass—Vida, Senti, and Alto—each slightly varied in shape and pairing recommendations. The tulip-shaped Vida goes well with sweet, well-rounded, and chocolatey coffee, the Senti has a wide diameter that maximizes aroma and pairs best with nutty, earthy, and caramel beans, and the hourglass Alto is ideal for fruity light roasts.

You can start with two Vida glasses for $45 on Kickstarter, or check out other buying options here.

If you’re wondering what else you should be doing to maximize your coffee experience, don't drink it as soon as you wake up, and invest in a good grinder.

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