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From sourcing local ingredients to reducing packaging, eco-conscious beauty companies are moving forward with their efforts towards sustainability. This is great news if you too are committed to an Earth-friendly existence.
And while redesigning every step of your routine and every product in your bathroom stash can be overwhelming, you can make simple little changes to take a greener approach to grooming and skin care. Here are some shopping tips, product exchanges, and community networks to get you started. Remember that every little step adds up and helps to make a meaningful impact.
Supporting local and eco-responsible businesses is important. But it does not stop there. You can also make green choices when shopping at big chains and convenience stores. Look for 100% recycled packaging, especially when looking for something in a plastic bottle. Try to favor products with certified ingredients from sustainable sources. And consider looking to brands that partner with organizations that have a positive impact on the environment. Love Beauty & Planet, for example, check all of these boxes—they recycled the equivalent of more than 60 million plastic bottles to create their packaging– moreover, their scents are irresistible.
Switching to shampoo and conditioner bars is a simple and effective way to reduce your carbon footprint. By eliminating plastic bottles, you avoid the manufacturing process of these containers, as well as the after-effects (which could mean being under-cycled or end up in landfills). Our choice ? Ultra Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner Bars from Dip. In addition to performing at the level of the best salon brands, they last virtually forever, which means buy less, waste less, and spend less. As an added bonus, they have multiple uses beyond cleansing and conditioning the hair (which is another nifty way to avoid overeating). For example, the conditioner bar also works as a shaving cream, leave-in treatment, or conditioner.
Makeup remover wipes and disposable cottons can seem essential to a glowing routine. But they usually contain materials that aren’t biodegradable, which means they’ll end up in landfills for a long, long time. And since these objects are used daily by people all over the world, it creates a substantial amount of waste. The good news? There are tons of reusable options that deliver even better results.
Two of our favorites: Jenny Patinkin Reusable Sheet Mask, which you can customize for the treatment your skin needs at the time, and Face Halo Reusable Makeup Remover Pads, soft little cotton clouds that wick away makeup (and replace 500 single-use wipes or cottons).
More 1 billion tubes of toothpaste are thrown away every year. Fortunately, there are other options that can keep your smile clean, vibrant and healthy, without causing waste or pollution: our favorite toothpaste tablets. Just bite the tab a few times, then brush with a damp toothbrush as usual. They usually come in glass jars that are endlessly recyclable (unlike plastic tubes) and give your bathroom shelf a chic apothecary look.
Instead of ordering new products to replenish your last empty bottles or throwing in a hand cream that wasn’t your favorite scent, research or gift them within your Don’t Buy Anything Local group. The Purchase movement nothing is a community donation economy that encourages sustainability by minimizing waste and streamlining purchasing. There are currently 4.27 million Buy Nothing members in 44 countries and there are plenty of skin care and beauty items up for grabs. Look for products that are still sealed or can be sterilized (such as makeup brushes). Once you’ve found your Buy Nothing group on Facebook, just ask for whatever you want or list anything you’d like to offer.
Everything is free, no exchange, no barter, no taking.
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