How to be more eco friendly (with your beauty routine ALONE!)
Published August 12 2019
As a world conscious being, you want to know how to be more eco-friendly in all aspects of your life. In the kitchen, you buy organic when you can and always try to remember bringing your own bags to the grocery store.
When it comes to the bathroom cabinets, crafting a sustainable beauty routine can feel more challenging.
The good news is there are some very simple ways to stretch products, eco-friendly substitutes and products that are far healthier for the environment (and your skin!) If you want to learn:
- New materials being used for products you never thought possible
- A simple strategy for ditching one-use products
- How your shampoo habits can be tweaked to help the environment
- Why your daily cleanser and moisturizer habits have a bigger impact than you may suspect
Simply read on.
In this blog, we’re outlining the simple ways to show love to nature in the 10 minute morning and nighttime routines we do each and every day.
How to be more environmentally friendly - with plastic & cotton
While plastic is a big component of many brands and products, there are ways to use less of it and be more sustainable each day.
Replace your razor
If you use a disposable razor, a simple swap is to opt for a stainless steel safety razor. Not only does using a non-disposable razor help save plastic, but stainless steel razors also decrease the chances of razor burn and ingrown hairs. This alternate is good to nature and your body.
Another option: More varieties of natural and organic waxes are coming out. These alternatives may be even more eco-friendly, if willing to try this more (startling!) method.
Change out disposable cotton products
From toners to nail polish remover, it’s easy to go through a high number of cotton balls and swabs.
Single-use products truly add up. That’s why we recommend options such as washable organic cotton rounds, which can be used many times over.
Replace the “throw away” products
While we think of floss as a one and toss-stay-in-landfill item, nature-passionate companies are finding incredible ways to craft sustainable bathroom products to reduce plastic long-term.
The non-plastic toothbrush alternative
Since childhood, if you’re like most people, you used a brightly colored plastic toothbrush on your pearly whites. One of the easiest ways for how to be more environmentally friendly? Switch up your oral hygiene products.
Companies are beginning to make wooden or even bamboo toothbrushes. Not only are these toothbrushes more sustainable, a wooden or bamboo toothbrush means less plastic BPA in your mouth and a much prettier bathroom display.
Here’s an example of a package-less bamboo toothbrush.
See what habits can be limited
There are a variety of ways our beauty routines can add a bit more excess than is needed. Here are simple ways to add limits that are also more eco-friendly.
Over-shampooing: Poor for environment & haircare
How often do you shampoo your hair? While you may have grown up with daily washing, constant shampooing can wreak havoc on your hair by stripping it of natural oils and leaving a residue on the strands. The recommended frequency by hairstylists is every other day. If you do feel a bit grody at the beginning of this new routine, you can utilize dry shampoo on the no-wash days. There are more and more vegan, non-aerosol dry shampoo options.
In addition, there are more and more eco-friendly shampoos that don’t use as much packaging. Here are a few great examples:
- “Seanik” The solid seaweed, sea salt & lemon shampoo bar
- The all natural shampoo bar that is ethically made - either lemon lavender, peppermint or no-scent
- “Honey I Washed My Hair” a toffee-aroma shampoo bar that is syrupy in scent
- Rosemary Avocado Shampoo bar - ideal for travel
- “To Make You Feel Like a Mermaid” shampoo bar ideal for volumizing hair
Keeping the faucet off
Try to remember to turn the faucet off when you’re not using it- for example, if you’re brushing your teeth or washing your face. Many faucets can release 1.5 gallons of water per minute. That means a mere 1 minute of running a faucet could waste cups on cups of water, so every moment the switch off truly counts.
Whether it’s brushing teeth or cleansing, make sure to turn off the faucet.
Carefully examine ingredients in everything you buy
If you take a closer look at most bottles in your home, such as creams, primers and lipstick tubes, you’ll likely see toxic components. Once you start to read ingredients, you may be quite startled at the shocking amount of chemicals and toxins in many (most, to be honest) drugstore products. You may see items like:
* Propylene Glycol
In fact, it’s estimated that a shocking amount of the world’s pollution comes from the unnatural, chemical fragrances we place on our skin - when then get released into our air. Overly fake apple scents and non-real lavender is not only damaging to the Ozone, they are unhealthy our skin which craves natural, genuine ingredients. This is the importance of going natural.
We recommend starting the natural switch with your skin cleanser & a high-quality vegan moisturizer. Switch to natural with these two products as they are the common staples used every single day - then go from there. It can be overwhelming, but take one step at a time. You’ll get there eventually.
Choose naturally-sourced products
Natural products truly are the #1 way to put Earth first and strip away harsh chemicals. When washing your face with acids found in most drugstore products, those chemicals go down the drain and into the water supply. In fact, when on your face all day, they can easily sweat and go into the soil and environment around us.
That’s why choosing natural facial products, especially a natural moisturizer, is the easiest and most powerful first step to help the environment.
For a natural option that respects the planet, try. this vegan moisturizer with vitamins and other natural ingredients.