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Best for the Bathroom: Gaiam, Blue Canoe, Bean Products, Lithistone

Your bathroom could be the most earth-friendly room in your home.
By Nancy Nachman-Hunt and Vivienne Jannatpour
September/October 2005
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1. Snuggle into these organic-cotton bathrobes without guilt; their fluffy cotton and low-impact dyes are decidedly more earth friendly than their non-organic counterparts. $89 to $92. (877) 989-6321; Gaiam.com 

2. Love your locks with Kiss My Face organic hair-care products—a natural fit in a sustainable medicine cabinet. Its full line of shampoos, conditioners, and mousses contain no animal ingredients or artificial colors and were not animal tested. $8 each. (800) 262-5477.

3. Come clean with organic soaps, which contain no petrochemicals or synthetic ingredients. The legendary Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps now offers organic soaps, made with certified-organic essential oils. $3.68 per bar. (760) 743-2211.

4. More than 2 billion disposable razors end up in landfills annually, the U.S. EPA estimates. Recycline’s “Preserve” razor is recyclable and its handle is made from 100 percent recycled plastic (such as yogurt containers). Four-pack of razors: $7.25. (888) 354-7296.

5. Thirsty organic cotton towels—in colors derived from the cotton plant or from low-impact dyes—are a must for the earth-friendly bathroom. Bonus: They’re easy on sensitive skin. $36 to $48 each from Native Organic Cotton. (800) 766-7454.

6. Sinks and vanities made using environmentally appropriate technologies provide stylish options for today’s bathrooms. Lithistone is a nontoxic and, magnesium-based cement that doesn’t require as much energy to produce as other kinds of cement. Vessel sinks from $550; vanities and countertops from $75 per square foot; integral sinks from $1,000. (970) 799-0181; Lithistone.com 

7. Enjoy your morning shower and save a lot of water, too. Install a Bricor Elite Series showerhead (like the brass one pictured here) that uses patented vacuum technology to create a powerful shower stream at a very low flow rate (1.5 gallons per minute or less). $59.95. (800) 661-4348 (Use AT&T access code 12).

8. These organic cotton bras and panties from Blue Canoe are soft and breathable against your skin. Made lightweight with a touch of stretch Lycra, the designs are so body friendly you’ll barely know you’re wearing them. $17 to $24. (888) 923-1373.

9. Cotton shower curtains—bleached white with hydrogen peroxide rather than toxic chlorine bleach—are a great alternative to nonbiodegradable plastic. Cotton also dries quickly and resists mildew. This curtain from Bean Products is also available in hemp (at additional cost). $36. (800) 726-8365.

10. Low-flow toilets use 1.6 gallons of water or less per flush and could save more than 7.6 billion gallons of water a day in the United States by 2020. The Australian-made Caroma toilet offers a full low-flow flush option for solid waste and a half low-flow flush for liquids. Caravelle 305 model (white): $470. (800) 605-4218.

11. Chill or heat the soothing Serena eye mask filled with lavender- scented organic flaxseeds to gently comfort the eyes and relieve tension. Great for resting after yoga, at home, or at the office. Available at retailers nationwide. $17.95. (800) 692-8259; Bucky.com 

12. Look your best with cosmetics made from herb and flower extracts that have been harvested mostly from certified organic farms. The eye shadows’ glowing colors, derived from minerals, provide brilliant effects and blend seamlessly. (877) 528-3727; Lavera-USA.com 

13. Every well-appointed bath should include Rawganique’s eco-friendly accessories made from certified-organic raw European hemp and flax. Set of four washcloths: $16; scrub glove: $14. (877) 729-4367.

14. Soak away your cares with Little Moon's assortment of bath salts made from pure essential oils and mineral salts. A revitalizing mineral bath, Tired Old Ass Soak, is perfect for relieving exhaustion after harrowing workdays. 12 ounces: $13. (888) 273-0683.

15. By buying organic cotton, you’re getting significant environmental bang for your buck—counteracting the work of conventional cotton growers who use $2.6 billion in pesticides annually on their crops worldwide. These quick-drying, organic-cotton tub mats from Coyuchi come in ivory and white and are made from cotton grown in India by family-farm cooperatives. $12 each.

16. Bundle up baby with a plush, organic-cotton, hooded baby towel ($35), bath mitt ($11), and receiving blanket ($42). The towel features an eight-inch hood sewn in one corner to help keep baby warm after bathing. The bath mitt makes bathing a wet, slippery baby much easier. (888) 418-8847. CoyuchiOrganic.com 


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