Have you ever felt that you want to be more Eco-Friendly, but helpless, even after you’re doing everything you can do to protect the environment? Then, this is just for you. There is an area with room for improvement: your Cosmetics and Toiletries.

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Basics of Eco-beauty:

We all very well know that the basics of being Eco-Friendly are Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. This  holds true for beauty products too. The fewer products you use, the more products or containers you can reuse and the less waste will be produced.
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Reduce:

Individual choices to buy products that are only quite necessary and useful, can add up to make a big difference for the environment.Next could be Packaging. Avoid unnecessary plastic wrapping and products that come with too much packaging material.

Reuse:

Try to come up with creative ways to reuse your Cosmetics and Toiletries. One such example could be using the Old toothbrushes for cleaning Jewelry or Tile. Sometimes, containers themselves can also be reused.

Even if a product can’t be reused for its original purpose, it can sometimes be used to serve a different purpose: Shampoo bottles, for instance, can turn into bathtub toys for kids or can be used to hold paint. However, do remember to not let your children to keep those toys in mouth, which could lead to another health issue, due to the chemicals on the bottle.

Recycle:

Try using the products from the beauty product companies that offer recycling of their used containers. In that way, you can do your part to support the companies that have the policy of Recycling. There are some companies that use recycled glass and aluminum as packaging and produce containers that can easily be recycled. Do a bit of research and you should be able to find those companies.

Check at look at these ideas:

 

  • Start taking a closer look at the ingredients in the products you buy. Some of the substances pose a potential threat not only to your own health but possibly to that of the environment. Try avoiding those.
  • Be more cautious about the body products that are being labeled “organic”, because there is currently no regulation or criteria for justifying such labels.
  • Are you a frequent visitor of Spas? Then, find out spas that are moving toward environmental awareness.The main goal of these is to reduce energy and water use; promote recycling and the use of products like paints, flooring, and adhesives that contain low levels of volatile organic compounds.

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  • Looking to plump your lips or fill in lines? Opt for hyaluronic acid filler (Restylane, Juvaderm) rather than a bovine filler (collagen). Because they are synthetic and not derived from animals, hyaluronic acid fillers are gentler on the environment.

Watch out for these Top Offenders destroying the environment:

Shampoo
Some of the chemicals are used as preservatives in many shampoos. These can pose a threat to the endocrine system. It is found that prolonged exposure to these preservatives can increase estrogen in the body, which can elevate a woman’s breast cancer risk. Another way you can minimize harm is to wash your hair every other day instead of every day. You’ll save water too.

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Hair Dyes
A majority of commercial hair dye products contain some harmful chemicals which can add to water pollution when washed down the drain. You can opt for an alternative such as a vegetable dye if you’re not ready to go gray just yet.

Hair Straightening Products
It’s best to avoid the treatment of straightening the hair with Formaldehyde, which is rinsed off into the water supply and has been found in drinking water around the globe.

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Fragrance:
With the growth of the environment consciousness in mind, it’s best to use fragrance-free and non-antibacterial products. It is found that hormone-disrupting chemicals that have been found in the fragrances are mixed into lakes and waterways which indirectly affects the health of fish.

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