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How to Be an Eco-Friendly Consumer in a World of #Empties

When it comes to doing your part for the environment, there are some obvious steps you can take. You try your best to conserve water, stop littering, and recycle what you can. But have you ever thought about the environmental impact of all the skincare and makeup products you use?

In this age of social media, it’s common for bloggers and beauty enthusiasts to show off their #empties with pride. However, showcasing endless amounts of samples of beauty brands promotes excess trash. It can be challenging to lead a sustainable lifestyle in a culture that encourages instant gratification and excessive consumption.

Fortunately, brands and consumers are realizing the impact of their actions and taking steps to get on board with environmentally responsible practices. Here are a few ways to be a more eco-friendly consumer.

Go For Organic and Sustainable Products

When you use your everyday cleanser or spray on a spritz of perfume, do you think about the harmful chemicals in them? These aren’t just bad for you but have a detrimental effect on the environment as well. Harsh toxins and chemicals are the last thing you want in the products you use every day. This is the reason why more women in the know are opting for skin, hair, and makeup products made from natural and organic ingredients. Since these are free from harmful chemicals, they are better for the environment as well as the workers involved in the production process.

Choose Companies That Put the Environment First

Eco-friendly brands are leading a revolution in the beauty industry by following green policies. They don’t test their products on animals, minimize waste, and promote efficient energy use in their manufacturing processes. Companies like Ethique and Seed Phytonutrients are proving that when it comes to cosmetics and skincare products, it’s possible to put the environment first. Ethique only uses plastic-free and sustainable packaging while Seed Phytonutrients packages their products in the first ever shower-friendly post-consumer recycled paper bottle. Pinch of Colour is another notable ethical beauty brand as they are the first waterless beauty brand on the market. They also raise funds to provide access to safe, drinking water in developing countries.

From left to right: Pinch of Colour, Ethique, Seed Phytonutrients

Use Brands That Promote Recycled Packaging

Eco-friendly beauty brands are going beyond recyclable bags and packaging their products in reusable bottles. They are coming up with creative ways to use sustainable materials to showcase their offerings. You can do your part as a consumer by opting for these brands and reusing the jars and bottles that you’d normally throw out. Keep containers out of landfills by finding creative ways to use them around the house. You’ll be amazed how you can easily reuse things if you just try.

 

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