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 certified. 

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, S.I., 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.  


"Captain Planet" is an animated series created by Ted Turner in the 1990s. is the primary source for "Captain Planet" episodes on the Web. 

Captain Planet is a superhero whose powers are implemented by a team of five Planeteers (as well as himself), each of whom helps combat environmental catastrophes like pollution, animal poaching, water scarcity and more. Each episode of "Captain Planet" involves the captain and his planeteers tackling different dilemmas and nefarious eco-villains.

Numerous celebrities contributed voice work to the show, including Meg Ryan, Jeff Goldblum, Whoopi Goldberg and many others. You can watch all the Captain Planet episodes on MNN  and you can learn more about the series by going behind the scenes with the creators and major players.

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

Captain Can: The sequel
Now that Captain Planet has returned, here are six more ways super dudes can spiff up their bathrooms with green gusto.