Prior to the return of Captain Planet
, I recommended six ways ordinary superdudes can work green and clean magic
on their bathrooms, a part of the home — specifically in bachelor pads — that elicits visions of a horror film more so than a superhero fantasy flick.
Realizing that a superhero's work is never done, here are six more not-too-perilous missions for guys to tackle in loo-land. And I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Think of this effort in heroic proportions — you’re rescuing Mother Nature. Hopefully, at the end of the mission you’ll also be capturing the heart of a girl who once held it in, fearing for her own safety each time she entered your bathroom. Or at the very least you’ll be doing yourself a huge favor.
Mission # 1: Go green, shaven:
Maintaining superhero quality good looks while cutting Mother Nature some slack is a surefire way to win the girl. Zirh Natural Shave Cream
($20, coming soon exclusively @ Sephora
) is an A+ addition to any eco-conscious dude’s arsenal of natural grooming products. But why stop with facial follicles? The Zirh Natural line also includes a Shave Gel, Post Shave Balm, Facial Moisturizer, Facial Scrub, Under Eye Cream, and Anti-Aging Cream that are all free of nasties like parabens, petrochems, phtalates, and artificial fragrance.
Mission # 2: LED the Way
: Unless you really do have super strength night vision, you may leave the bathroom light on at night to avoid very un-superhero-esque stumbles in the dark. It’s a good way to avoid injury but a bad way to conserve energy. The Directional LED Nightlight
($7.99 @ Smarthome
) has a built-in photo sensor that turns on and off automatically making it a most convenient nightlight. Now, instead of worrying endlessly about whether you left the nightlight on (or off), you can concentrate on other heroic deeds.
Mission # 3: Fly dry:
Superdudes are without a doubt often in a rush, meaning post-shower dry-off time can be severely truncated due to other planet-saving obligations. Eva Solo Bathroom Towels
($44 @ Bobby Berk Home
) combine sleek Danish design with super-absorbency and functionality (love the built-in hanging buttonhole). Available in a range of masculine colors like brown, black, sand, gray, and white, the towels are Oeko-Tex
Mission #4: Stand and deliver
: Last week, this not-so-invincible blogger braved the cold and wind to attend the opening party
for West Elm’s new Manhattan outpost. After regaining my strength with the aid of a super-charged cocktail, I spotted Organic Noodle Bath Mats
($26 @ West Elm
). These tough but soft mats made from organic cotton will spare any eco-superdude the indignity of standing on cold tile.
Mission #5: Superdude roll call
: Toilet paper has been a hot-bottom topic
as of late. An essential (and often overlooked) way to start in on a green bathroom mission is to start with the TP. Men are rugged, tough, and don’t need fluffy, quilted, multiple-ply TP, right? Go with Seventh Generation 2-ply Bathroom Tissue
($14.95/12 rolls @ Gaiam
). It’s made from 100 percent recycled paper, a minimum 80 percent post-consumer content, and is bleached in an eco-safe manner. It’s also soft and has an impressive number of sheets per roll.
Mission #6: A well deserved rest:
Even superdudes need a little breather to catch up on back issues of GQ
., National Geographic
, and Wizard
. Stash your loo library in the InModern Intown Magazine Rack
($39 on sale @ Design Public
), a handsome, easy-to-assemble, no-tools-required mag rack made with FSC-certified SmartWood
Stay tuned for a third and final installment of Captain Can featuring a heroical trifecta of water saving devices, air sanitizers, and toilet bowl cleaners.