It is no secret that the beauty industry is no friend to the environment. With the overload of plastic, chemicals and waste of product flowing into the ocean, the environmental impacts of beauty are astronomical. A 2010 NIEHS study showed hormone systems of wildlife are agitated by personal care products that rinse down drains and into rivers. Plastic is a huge problem too, with 50% of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw it out, according to Ecowatch.
But changing our beauty habits isn't as hard and expensive as it can first seem to be. We put together our favourite eco friendly beauty products to help you save the environment and still use beauty products!
A game changer in the hair product world, this completely package free 'shampoo bar' from Lush is now available in Australia, providing a completely eco friendly alternative. Like all Lush products, 'shampoo bars' are completely organic and cruelty free. According to Lush North America, Lush was the first company in the world to create a shampoo bar, and lasts between 60 - 90 washes. They are solid, so are travel friendly (meaning you can put them on your carry on and no plastic bottle for them!), and $14.95 is an affordable price for so many washes!
Don't be alarmed - the name might be out there, but the product is AMAZING! Also known as Wash Nuts or Soap Berries, SoapNuts are a completely natural alternative to laundry liquid, all purpose cleaner, and shampoo. According to the SoapNuts website, SoapNuts grow on the Sapindus mukorossi tree in Pakistan. SoapNuts can be as low as 5c per wash, making it so competitive and affordable, meaning there is no excuse to save the environment!
You can learn more about SoapNuts here!
Metta Skincare was founded by Anca Grigoras, who studied at the School of Holistic Cosmetology to learn about the best possible practices for our skin. Not just fantastic for our skin, Metta Skincare practices sustainable agriculture, fair trade and developing communities. The product comes in glass containers, and labels printed on 100% tree free Stone-Paper.
Learn more about Metta Skincare here.
4. Eco Tools
You may have seen Eco tools in Priceline or supermarkets across the country. And there's a reason they are gaining traction as a fantastic beauty product on the market that is eco friendly. Using recycled materials, is completely cruelty free, and is made out 20% cotton and 80% recyclable bamboo fibres (so no trees used!). They created a huge range of makeup brushes, hair care products, and bath products.
Check out their range of beauty tools here!
5. Hemp Me
Even though hemp seed oil has negative connotations in society, hemp has being shown to have such a great environmental impact and be a great beauty and skincare product. Hemp Me, using hemp seed oil, is certified organic and uses a mix of ingredients to create the best possible skincare line. Hemp seed oil is proven to be great for a list of skincare conditions such as; acne, eczema and psoriasis, and works great for people with sensitive skin.
Find more about HempMe and how hemp seed oil can help you here!
There are many more amazing eco friendly brands out there, but there are also one's that aren't. So do your research and don't be afraid to ask questions.
Let us know your favourite eco friendly brands.