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3 Tips For An Eco-Friendly Hygiene And Beauty Routine For The Whole Family

by | September 11, 2019

As we become more aware of the impact our actions have on the planet, it seems consumers are making more conscientious decisions than ever before. 

By 2050 our oceans are predicted to contain more plastic than fish, and by 2100, it’s been predicted that more than ten big cities will be made uninhabitable due to rising sea levels. 

With the sense of urgency mounting, it’s a great idea to work small changes into many areas of your life — and your hygiene and beauty routine is a great place to start.

What’s more, you may just find your siblings, parents, aunts and uncles, or even your little ones pick up some great new habits along the way!

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Invest In Reusable Products

Not only can reusable products aid in our struggle to save the environment — they’ll save you a lot of money too! All those cotton pads and wipes that we take for granted in our routines are actually causing excess waste that is wreaking havoc on our environment. Makeup remover wipes usually aren’t biodegradable and can take years to breakdown in a landfill. 

Try replacing your usual single-use products with reusable alternatives, such as microfiber makeup remover pads that you can simply toss in the wash and use all over again. Some specially made reusable cloths can even replace your cleanser, tackling stubborn eye makeup and self-cleaning with antibacterial silver micro-threads.

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Natural makeup products (Source: Milleflore / Shutterstock.com)

Reduce Your Hygiene And Beauty Routine Waste

It’s no secret that most of our makeup packaging ends up in landfill. 

To combat this mounting waste, look out for products that come with minimal packaging, or even better, find eco brands that use biodegradable packaging or no packaging at all. Plenty of brands are switching to paper and recycled plastic packaging or offer zero-waste products, such as shampoo bars or solid moisturizers. You can also look out for cosmetic and toiletry shops that swap your empty containers for free products and refills — and don’t forget to take your reusable shopping bags along for the ride.

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Rabbits are often used for animal testing (Source: Cora Mueller / Shutterstock.com)

Choose “Cruelty-Free” Products

Animal testing is painful for the animals involved, often harming bunnies, dogs and cats with irritating chemicals. In fact, as many as 10 million animals suffer and die as a result of animal testing every year. This is not only completely unnecessary, as there are plenty of other testing methods now widely available, it’s also a waste of resources.

Products marketed as “cruelty free” are also often less toxic, and more sustainably made. This means fewer harmful chemicals going onto your skin, into your body and into our the environment. However, it’s important to remember that products marketed as “cruelty free” may not be vegan, and may use animal products from exploitative industries — so this is something animal-conscious consumers should bear in mind.

Evolve your family’s daily routines with these three easy tips, and you’ll be taking meaningful strides in a wonderful direction.

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