With harsh chemicals polluting our air and waters, excessive plastic usage and high levels of waste, the health and beauty industry has long been notorious for its environmental negligence.
The good news is that the health and beauty industry is responding to consumers by making eco-friendly products and packaging a reality for those who love their beauty products, but also love the earth. 💄🌍
See our top recommendations below for sustainable options and what to look out for.
Deodorants and Antiperspirants
Spray deodorants and antiperspirants pose a dangerous threat to the environment. The Journal of Science has even reported that deodorants, perfumes and soaps are emitting dangerous pollutants at levels as high as cars and trucks. Read the article here. Here are a few of our top deodorant alternatives to keep you and the planet fresh. 🌍
Also, read our full article here on why sustainable deodorant is better for your health and why your armpits deserve a detox.
Sustainable and Clean Skincare
Since our skin absorbs much of what we apply to it, it's important to be intentional with the products we use. From cruelty-free to nontoxic clean ingredients, these beauty brands and shops offer some fantastic options. 🌿
Ethical Oral Care
These days, there are plenty of great options to keep a healthy oral care routine and make conscious choices to minimise negative human impact on the planet. Now there's a reason to smile. 😁
Eco-Friendly Period Care
Period products are a huge source of waste sent to landfill and most disposable products contain a surprising amount of chemicals and plastic. Luckily there are new innovative brands offering great alternatives without the waste and chemicals!
Sustainable Hair Care
Hair products often come in plastic (often even not recyclable, still), which gets tossed a few weeks after use. On top of that, various products are tested on animals, or filled with ingredients that are drying or irritating, requiring more and more products to be used.
The good news of course is that there is so many great natural and more sustainable alternatives to choose from. The benefits of using sustainable hair products are from reducing the use of plastic, no animal testing, vegan, fewer chemicals and natural ingredients which make a happier scalp and hair. A selection of verified sustainable brands below:
Less Wasteful Shaving
Shaving may be your routine must-have, but the big-budget adverts have convinced us over the years that we need 17 blades and surround-padded moisturising strips caked in plastic to be able to shave.
Of course, that is not true. The safety razor was invented in 1880 and it seems to have done a U-turn going from straight razor to plastic razors and now back to the immensely more eco-friendly metal form.
Here's a great article on the history of the razor. But you can skip all that and just get an eco-friendly razor now from any of the below shops, saving heaps of useless plastic from the landfill! 🪒
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