Is Your Beauty Regime Costing the Earth? | Living North

Is Your Beauty Regime Costing the Earth?


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Five tips for a beauty regime that cares both for you and the environment

It might make you look and feel good, but your daily make-up and beauty routine could be terrible for the environment. Evidence that microbeads were entering the marine food chain resulted in a ban, while the beauty industry in general produces a lot of waste and has a large carbon footprint. You might not be ready to adopt a zero-waste lifestyle, but these five simple tips will help you take a step in the right direction.

British Beauty
It’s easy to forget that the moisturiser sitting in your bedroom could have travelled hundreds of miles to get there. Keeping an eye out for beauty products that source their ingredients and packaging in Britain is an easy way to decrease your carbon footprint. British skincare brand Optiat is a good place to start. Their coffee scrubs contain coffee beans sourced from London coffee shops and their hemp face mask uses organic hemp husks from Oxfordshire.

Repurposed Plastic
Britain is falling behind its recycling targets. While the aim is to recycle 50 percent of our overall waste by 2020, Sweden already send less than one percent of their waste to landfill. And the plastic bottles containing your beauty products are part of the problem. Plastic waste has been found as far as the Arctic, so think of the polar bears and switch to a brand that uses recycled materials. Odylique’s packaging is made from recycled milk bottles, and once you have used the product, it can be recycled again.

Miracle Multitaskers
Another eco-friendly beauty tip from Scandinavia is to introduce more multitasking products into your regime. Using less products means less impact on the environment, but will also save yourself money – what’s not to love? Try the What Skin Needs Soothing Skin Gel to help sooth your skin from everything from acne to insect bites.

Eschewing Electricity
It’s no secret that cutting down on electricity use is important, but it’s easy to forget the amount of electricity in your beauty regime. Electricity produced from fossil fuels releases harmful CO2 emissions into the atmosphere, so think twice before blasting your hairdryer for an age. Try overnight rollers rather than tongs to curl your hair – your hair will thank you for reducing heat damage too.

Rescuing Rainforests
One of the main culprits for mass deforestation is the extraction of palm oil. Though you might think you have never touched the substance, it’s in everything from margarine to shampoo. Only 10 percent of palm oil production is certified and deemed sustainable by the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil. Supporting brands that refuse to use the ingredient in their products, such as Odylique, Dr Hauschka and Lush, is the surest way to help resolve the issue.

Published in: December 2017

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