Not to peddle stereotypes of masculinity, but the bathrooms of most (single) men are places that can induce horror and repulsion (cue Psycho music).


In celebration of the return of Captain Planet, it’s time to cue the Superman music. Guys, behold six ways to work clean and green magic on your loo. Think of this effort in heroic proportions — you’re rescuing Mother Nature. Hopefully, at the end of your 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: Save a razor. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, an estimated 2 billion disposable razors enter landfills annually. And since the Grizzy Adams look isn’t in this year, going hirsute is a noble but unnecessary way to combat the problem. Enter the Razor Saver ($11.95 @ Sustainable Village). The RS is made from recycled plastic and lets you sharpen any disposable razor so that it’s around for up to 50 more shaves — you’ll use 75 percent less razors each year. Razors are expensive so with the money saved you can join a gym to work on that superhero physique…or just pay off the utility bills. 



Mission # 2: Green your grooming/get the girl. Cutting back on disposable razors conserves cash and curbs trash. A surefire way to win the girl? Stock up on green grooming products. LUSH’s Shave the Planet set ($29.95 @ LUSH) comes equipped with Shave the Planet shave cream, Cosmetic Lad moisturizer, Bamboo soap, and a Business Time massage bar. LUSH understands that the chems found in personal care products are like Kryptonite to Mamma Earth, so the company goes out of its way to protect the planet by using natural ingredients.



Mission # 3: Secure an organic cotton makeshift cape.  Admit it, when you were a kid you fashioned an ordinary towel into a superhero’s cape. No shame in that. Playing dress-up with bath towels may not be a socially acceptable activity as an adult, but just in case, Organic Cotton Thick and Thirsty Towels ($10 - $74 @ Gaiam) are here to save the day. They’re super soft, super absorbent, and come in a variety of colors to complement your superhero ensemble.






Mission # 4: Secure a PVC-free curtain for superhero transformations.  Clark Kent often used a phone booth to transform into his alter ego, Superman. Given that pay phones have become a thing of the past, many superheroes-in-training will have to resort to the shower as a place for a quick clean up and costume change. PEVA shower curtains (various prices @ Vita Futura) come in various dude-friendly designs and are made from non-PVC, non-chlorinated lightweight plastic that doesn’t off-gas like its vinyl counterpart.


Mission #5: Combat villainous grime. Most superheroes have some kind of nemesis-weakening substance on hand at all times. Summon the almighty power of ylang-ylang with method Shower Daily Cleaner ($5.99 @ It effectively eliminates bathroom bad guys like soap scum, mildew, and hard water stains with a nontoxic, naturally derived formula.  

Mission #6: Put your money where your mouth is. Every superhero has to have a dazzling white smile, right? Turn that grin green with a Radius Source Toothbrush ($6.95 each @ Radius). These brushes sport replaceable heads and handles made from recycled wood fiber or with recycled US dollar bills and recycled flax from linen production. Neat-o. 

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

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In honor of the return of Captain Planet, here are six ways superdudes can spiff up their bathrooms with green gusto.