Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

10 Ways to Help the Environment Through Beauty

Expert in green beauty, Carole Tessier, shares her top ten tips to support positive environmental change.

1. Seek out products with minimal packaging or biodegradable and botanical packaging such as boxes embedded with seeds which you can plant in your garden, as well as lipstick tubes made out of polyactic acid (a corn-based material).

2. Put your best face forward with organic, chemical-free, synthetic-free products. Avoid synthetic or petroleum derived ingredients, artificial fragrances, parabens, dyes, flavors, petrolatum, phtalates and preservatives.

3. Support companies with green business practices such as printing with eco-friendly soy-based ink or using renewable energy sources.

4. Before purchasing your beauty products, look for the USDA label. In order to be labeled “organic,” all valid certifying agencies must comply with USDA standards.

5. Utilize multi-use products such as color that can go on eyes, cheeks and lips.

Get five more tips on making your beauty routine more environmentally friendly!

6. Choose nail polishes that are free of dibutyl phthalate (a chemical banned by the European Union).

7. Apply your makeup with fingers or brushes and avoid using cotton swabs and disposable sponges.

8. Save water by skipping a wash or limiting your shower time. And don’t forget to turn the water off while you’re scrubbing your face or brushing your teeth over the sink.

9. Save energy by unplugging all of your beauty tools after you’ve finished using them (they still zap electricity when turned off). And limit the use of a hairdryer or curling implements. Try letting your hair air dry or curling your hair with Velcro rollers.

10. Buy in bulk. Most beauty products can be purchased in large sizes. Not only will you save money, but it also cuts down on the amount of packaging.

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9 thoughts on “10 Ways to Help the Environment Through Beauty

  1. vicky

    very nice ideas!:) i love to buy products from lush since they smell great, work well and in addition they recycle everything they can and avoid using plastic bags. it also gives me a better feeling if i put something natural on my skin instead of chemicals:)

  2. JO

    I love lush. Great idea about buying in bulk….where do you buy makeup / beauty products in bulk tho? :S

  3. There are actually no standards to call a cosmetic product organic, any company can get that label from the USDA unfortunately, and only have one organic ingredient in it. Plus, many “organic” ingredients have a very unnatural way of being processed into a cosmetic. And petroleum? That’s organic, and mineral oil is in just about every make up remover, as well as considered by most dermatologists as THE safest humectant on the market. Honestly, the most eco-friendly thing you can do is the packaging recommendation. Plus, if you buy in bulk and follow these guidelines, you’re getting cosmetics without a very long shelflife (parabens are preservatives). It’s unlikely you’d get through all the product before having to throw it out, plus parabens keep mold spores and bacteria from harboring in our cosmetics. As for dibutl phthlate, it’s banned from any edible materials, and there’s no evidence that you can absorb it through your nail plates (I have a blog on this on my website if you’re interested in reading it). SOrry Temp, I love your blog but “eco” beauty bothers me when it comes to ingredients because there are no regulated standards for stuff. The packaging and water are the best ideas that Carole provided, as well as electricity but I hope that one is more obvious to users already.

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