Last Updated: October 3, 2022

14 best products for shifting from plastic to aluminum.

WRITTEN BY Grove Collaborative • 18 min read

Unlike steel, iron, and copper, aluminum as we know it didn't come onto the scene until the early 1900s. Now, it's one of the most common durable materials in use today, and it’s slowly expanding beyond so many of the items we use all the time — furniture, nails, soda cans, and mailboxes — into personal care and cleaning products.


Not only is light, durable aluminum easily molded into infinite uses, this versatile metal is also infinitely recyclable, making it an ideal choice for those looking to swap out the plastic-housed products in their lives. And unlike other plastic alternatives like glass, if you accidentally drop a thick aluminum container, you won't worry that it's going to shatter into a million pieces.


Looking to make the switch away from plastic into aluminum? Grove has a wide array of products that come in aluminum packages. Check them out below.


This list of products was determined by ratings and reviews from Grove members.

1. Grove Co. Ultimate Dish Soap Refill

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A high performance liquid dish soap proven to remove 48-hour stuck-on food.* Crafted to be sustainably powerful for a healthy home and planet.

REMOVES 48-HOUR STUCK ON FOOD
Our Ultimate Dish Soap refill cuts grease in seconds. Its high-performance formula also removes 48-hr stuck on food and greasy messes, leaving 1,000+ dishes sparkling …
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16 oz
$4.99
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2. Good Fur Extra Strength Flea & Tick Spray

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An extra strength spray to help kill and repel fleas & ticks on dogs and puppies without any harsh chemicals. Packaged in an infinitely recyclable aluminum bottle with a reusable nozzle to keep our planet plastic-free for generations of pups to come.

KILLS AND REPELS FLEAS & TICKS
This extra strength flea & tick spray has a skin-soothing …

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8oz
$8.99
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3. Grove Co. Hydrating Hand Soap Refill

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A hydrating gel hand soap to effectively clean and leave hands feeling soft. Crafted to be sustainably powerful for a healthy home and planet.

FOR CLEAN AND SOFT-FEELING HANDS
Our Hydrating Hand Soap Concentrate Refill effectively cleans hands without drying the skin. Thoughtfully formulated with you and your family in mind, the hydrating …
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13 oz
$3.49
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4. Peach Refillable Deodorant

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A deodorant starter kit with a refillable Forever Deodorant Case and clean, vegan Cedarwood Eucalyptus deodorant stick refill, clinically proven to protect against odor for up to 48 hours.

Scent: Cedarwood Eucalyptus

  • IN THIS 100% PLASTIC-FREE KIT
    Cedarwood Eucalyptus Deodorant Refill Stick: Aluminum-free formula made with arrowroot powder …
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1 x deodorant stick refill, 1 x deodorant case
$24.99
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5. Good Fur Extra Strength Flea & Tick Shampoo

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A pH-balanced shampoo to clean and help kill fleas & ticks on dogs and puppies without any harsh chemicals. Packaged in an infinitely recyclable aluminum bottle with a reusable pump to keep our planet plastic-free for generations of pups to come.

NATURALLY KILLS FLEAS & TICKS
This extra strength flea & tick shampoo uses Cedar, Peppermint, …

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16oz
$14.99
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6. Good Fur Tearless Puppy Shampoo Refill

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A pH-balanced shampoo refill to moisturize and soothe young puppies’ coats, helping to relieve dry, itchy skin.

MOISTURIZES AND SOOTHES
This tearless puppy shampoo has a pH-balanced formula with organic oatmeal & calendula to help relieve dry, itchy skin while moisturizing and soothing coats, so your puppy stays clean, soft, and smelling …

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16oz
$12.99
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7. Peach Limited Edition Shimmer Face & Body Stick with Forever Case Set

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A limited edition, plastic-free face & body stick and forever case, to moisturize skin and leave an eye-catching glow, in a “making-spirits-bright” Vanilla Blossom scent. This set includes:

  • Limited Edition Shimmer Face & Body Stick
  • Forever Case - Limited Edition

    GLOW ON WITH IT
    Kiss those winter blahs goodbye with our limited edition …

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    1 x Shimmer Face & Body Stick, 1 x Rose Gold Forever Case
    $24.99
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    8. Alpine Provisions Shampoo and Conditioner Set - Rosemary Mint

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    Take an adventure to the Pacific Northwest from the comfort of your own shower with Alpine Provisions Shampoo and Conditioner Set in Rosemary Mint. This dynamic duo is made using a rich combination of natural surfactants and organic moisturizers that will leave your hair feeling clean, smooth, and hydrated. Highly concentrated yet gentle and …

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    1 x Shampoo, 1 x Conditioner
    $34.99
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    9. Good Fur Tearless Puppy Shampoo

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    A pH-balanced shampoo to moisturize and soothe young puppies’ coats, helping to relieve dry, itchy skin. Packaged in an infinitely recyclable aluminum bottle with a reusable pump to keep our planet plastic-free for generations of pups to come.

    MOISTURIZES AND SOOTHES
    This tearless puppy shampoo has a pH-balanced formula with organic oatmeal …

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    16oz
    $14.99
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    10. Grove Co. Foaming Hand Soap Concentrate - 3 Refills

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    A foaming hand soap concentrate to gently cleanse hands and wash away germs, leaving them soft and moisturized. Crafted to be sustainably powerful for a healthy home and planet.

    LATHERS UP FOR SOFTER-FEELING HANDS
    Our Foaming Hand Soap Concentrate Refill creates a luxurious lather to effectively clean hands without drying the skin. …
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    12 Oz
    $8.49
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    11. Alpine Provisions Shampoo and Conditioner Set - Fir & Sage

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    Meet your new favorite shower companions. Alpine Provisions Shampoo and Conditioner Set in Fir & Sage will instantly elevate your daily hair care ritual with an all-star lineup of ingredients, including the brand’s signature aromatherapy blend of essential oils. The shampoo offers up plenty of nourishing lather, lightly hydrating your hair with …

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    1 x Shampoo, 1 x Conditioner
    $34.99
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    12. Davids Natural Toothpaste - Spearmint

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    There’s nothing better than spearmint fresh breath. Enjoy the perks of cleanliness and freshness daily with this Davids Natural Toothpaste – Spearmint. This natural toothpaste is made with naturally sourced and naturally derived ingredients, and it’s Environment Working Group- (EWG-) verified. It’s also fluoride-free, sulfate-free, vegan, and …

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    5.25 oz
    $11.99
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    13. Alpine Provisions Castile Body Wash

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    Get back to nature with Alpine Provisions Castile Body Wash. This hardworking multitasker takes a one-and-done approach to your daily showering ritual with a super concentrated formula that's highly effective yet gentle enough to use on skin and hair. Made with organic olive and coconut oils combined with a sustainably sourced, organic essential …

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    16.9 oz
    $19
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    FAQs

    Is aluminum packaging eco-friendly?

    The fact that aluminum can be recycled infinitely keeps it out of landfills and our waterways. Aluminum recycling has made it possible to take what we've used in the past and keep it in use today, while providing a resource for the future. According to the Aluminum Association, almost 75% of all aluminum ever produced in the U.S. is still in circulation. That's more than 750 million tons that haven't been left to pollute our environment.


    However, when it's introduced to our environment, aluminum leaches toxins into the water, and high concentrations can cause metabolic issues in aquatic life. And with the recycling rate for aluminum packaging specifically resting closer to 35%, according to the EPA, we have a long way to go in ensuring our eco-friendly initial choices receive the right recycling treatment. We need to do our best to keep aluminum in a cycle of reuse and out of the landfills. Every piece that we put back into use is one less hazard for our fish and animal friends.


    How do you clean aluminum?

    There are two ways to approach cleaning the aluminum packaging once you’ve used up your product, depending on whether you’re prepping it for recycling or reusing. If you plan on recycling your empties, no need to clean. Simply make sure your packaging is empty, and then recycle curbside as you would other aluminum products. Bonus points if you give packaging a rinse first.


    If you’d rather reuse — the eco-friendlier option in the long run — consider your future use. If you simply plan on refilling with the existing product or something similar, no need to clean out your aluminum packaging; just refill and go. If you plan on transforming an old aluminum shampoo bottle or soap container into a drinking vessel, you’ll want to make sure the aluminum packaging is free from any remnants of the previous product. A simple wash with soap and water, making sure to rinse until the water comes out clear, generally does the trick, or you can use a cleaning vinegar to ensure your new reusable water bottle is safe for drinking.


    What is Grove Collaborative?

    At Grove, we take the guesswork out of which products are good for you and your home. Every product meets strict standards for being nontoxic, effective, sustainable, and cruelty-free. Once you find products you love, we ship to your home on a flexible, monthly schedule.


    If you're ready to make the transition to natural cleaning, beauty, and household products, shop Grove Collaborative's natural products for the eco-friendly tools to tackle the job.

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