During Lockdown, it was quite clear to see that the world was healing. I found it amazing how much I could see the reduction of pollution in the air and how clear the sea became on my daily walk along the beach! Seeing all the positive effects has made me want to be extra cautious with the products I buy. A lot of the products that are on the market use plastic packaging, which we know is very harmful to the planet. So, let’s talk about three easy changes we can make with our beauty products so we can be more sustainable!
It’s not easy to cut out plastic packaging when so many brands use it, but one way we can have more sustainable beauty products is by buying them in recycled packaging! Firstly, Love Beauty and Planet. They believe that doing good for beauty and the planet goes hand in hand – what a great mantra. I have been using the Coconut Oil and Ylang Ylang hope and repair shampoo for the past month. It’s the first product I have bought from the brand and I love it, so will be buying more in the future! The bottle is beautiful and made from 100% recycled materials. The shampoo itself smells DEVINE, with a 98% biodegradable formula as well as using ethically sourced Ylang Ylang and Organic Coconut Oil. They have a range of products from hair care, face, body and oral care too.
I was so pleased to discover that Simple (one of my favourite brands) use recycled bottles. I have LOVED Simple ever since I took Roacutane because their products are dermatologically tested. On top of this, they have zero nasties in and are PETA cruelty free! In case you were interested, I use the Purifying Cleansing Lotion, Soothing Facial Toner and Hydrating Light Moisturiser.
Using bars of soap is a much better for the environment than liquid soap. To begin with, you’re cutting out the plastic bottle – result! Soap bars also have a smaller environmental impact because less energy is needed to make them . Also, a lot of the body washes we use contain parabens that aren’t great for us or the environment. It’s important to be mindful of the oils used in making bars of soap, though. My mum gifted me two bars of soap (Cedarwood & Lemongrass) from the Skye Soap Co. which was a real conversion for me. I bought bottles of body wash for ease in the past but artisan soap is the way forward.
Recycling is Sustainibility
Head to your bathroom and check the bottles you have, a lot of them will be recyclable. It’s so important that we recycle because it saves space in landfill sites, prevents pollution and conserves natural resources – just to name a few reasons! This is the easiest step out of the three that everyone can easily get involved in. Just check the bottle for the recycle symbol, and make sure the item is recycled in your area!