We’ve all seen the documentaries and news stories about plastic being carelessly dumped into the ocean and killing the innocent wildlife that lives there. Well, I hate to say it, but the beauty industry is one of the main contributors to plastic waste, and unfortunately, we are aiding it.
Recently, I have made the decision to seriously shake up my beauty regime with products that are more eco-friendly and the good news is: you can too! To help you get started, I’ve put together a list of environmentally friendly alternatives I use. It doesn’t take much to help out, so read on to find out how you can contribute to saving the planet.
Cutting down on the amount of plastic packaging we use is definitely essential if we want to be more eco-friendly. Shampoo was one of my biggest plastic waste when it came to my beauty regime, which is why I opted to start using Beauty Kubes Shampoo. They smell amazing and leave my hair feeling super soft. To use, all you have to do is take a Kube from the recyclable box, crumble it to a paste in your hand whilst showering, and massage into your wet hair as you would with any other shampoo. Better yet, as it doesn’t count as a liquid, it’s perfect for your hand luggage while traveling too!
I found an amazing way to cut down on a lot of my plastic use and that was to use an all-purpose product that does the job of multiple creams. That’s when I found BYBI Babe Balm and honestly, I wouldn’t look back. I know what you’re thinking, the tube looks pretty plastic, but it’s not! It’s made completely from sugar cane which makes it biodegradable. The balm is amazing for soothing flaky dry skin, ragged cuticles or just adding a little glow to your cheeks.
Bamboo Cotton Pads
Probably one of the biggest problems I found when cutting back on my waste was finding a good and compatible swap for my makeup wipes. I admittedly used to use a lot of cotton pads every day and sometimes it wasn’t even worth using. That’s when I found Reusable Bamboo Pads and when I say they have changed my life, I’m not being dramatic!
These cute little bamboo pads come in a cotton storage pouch and they are amazing at replacing my use of regular cotton pads. After you use them, all you have to do is pop them in with the laundry, wash and reuse until your heart’s content! If you’re more of a big makeup wipes kind of person, then I recommend buying the Magnitone London WipeOut Cloth. This eco-friendly cloth is perfect for washing, cleansing and exfoliating your face.
I never thought my mouth hygiene was a problem, but then neither do the millions of other people throwing their plastic toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes out on the daily. If you want guilt-free brushing that still leaves your teeth sparkly, then I highly recommend Georganics Eco Bamboo Toothbrush. The toothbrush is 100% made from biodegradable bamboo and will leave your teeth feeling squeaky clean!
When it comes to toothpaste, it’s surprising how many tubes we throw out monthly. If I’m honest, I didn’t even know there was an alternative, but I was happily proved wrong. The Georganics English Peppermint Toothpaste comes in a glass jar which can be reused or recycled and tastes and smells amazing. Better yet, pair the organic toothpaste with Georganics Mouthwash Tablet and you’re on to a winner!
I must admit, dental floss didn’t even cross my mind when it came to being environmentally-friendly, but sadly it can wreak havoc when it comes to plastic pollution. Georganics Charcoal Floss is made with candelilla wax, charcoal fiber, and peppermint essential oil and can clean your teeth, kill bacteria, and fight off gum disease just as well as any other dental floss.
Aerosol cans generally aren’t great for the environment, so it wasn’t hard when deciding to opt for a more eco-friendly alternative. I found Ben & Anna Vanilla Orchid Deodorant kept me smelling amazing all day long and with the variety of refreshing scents to choose from, there’s one to suit everyone! Packed in a recyclable card tube, this plastic-free deodorant is something I will be using for a long time.
I know what you’re thinking – what difference will your using this one product make? Well, if more people were to opt for more eco-friendly alternatives, on a larger scale, the smallest steps can make a big impact!