5 Earth-Friendly Beauty Tips

by Gio

Hey everyone,

April is Earth Month! I think it is a nice way to remind people every year to be environmentally aware and to do their bit to take proper care of our planet. But it is something we should practice every day, not just when April comes around. Going green helps the environment, is easy and saves us some money too. Here are some earth-friendly beauty tips we should practice all year round:

1. Recycle your empty containers

Whenever you finish any skincare or makeup products, don’t throw their containers away. Recycle them. Jars and bottles can be washed and used to store whatever you need to store. For example, I like to make my own skincare products sometimes and these containers are very handy to store them in. But you can put whatever else you want in them. If, for whatever reason, the container can’t be reused, then dump them in recycle containers or bring them to any recycle facilities. Plastic can take literally millions of years to decompose so if you want to dispose of it, do it properly so that it won’t pollute the environment. In addition, some brands also have recycling program. We have all heard of Back2MAC, a programme that allows you to swap 6 empty containers for a lipstick or gloss. Kiehl’s and Origins have similar programs too so take advantage of them: you’re taking care of the environment and being rewarded for it.

2. Limit water usage

We all like to take a nice, long, relaxing bath every now and again and there’s nothing wrong with it, but don’t do it too often. Limit baths to special occasions or when you’ve had a very tiring day and want to pamper yourself a little, but otherwise, just take a shower. Water is precious and shouldn’t be wasted. And it’s not just the environment that will thank you. Your skin and wallet will too. Long showers and bath, especially if the water is very hot, can dry out your skin. And the less water you use, the smaller your water bill will be. 🙂

3. Bring reusable bags with you when you go shopping

As mentioned above, plastic (and thus plastic bags), take millions of years to decompose and so we should limit its use whenever possible. A great way to do it is by bringing a canvas bag with you when you go shopping. Not only are they environment-friendly, but they are also very cute and stylish. If you tend to forget to bring a canvas bag with you, simply keep it in the car. That way, you’ll never be without it.

4. Buy refills, avoid disposables

When you shop, opt for products with refills available. Soaps and body washes are often available in refills and even more and more cosmetics products are offering refillable eyeshadows, blushes etc.. That way, you can purchase the product you want but without the packaging. This lowers the price and creates less waste. In addition, avoid disposable products whenever possible. Don’t throw away a razor after every use, but keep using it until the blade turns dull. Opt for a good facial cleanser instead than makeup remover wipes and unless you are a makeup artist or someone who likes to share products in their stash with their friends, don’t waste money on disposable wands or disposable brushes.

5. Buy fair trade products

I admit this is the one tip that I don’t follow too often. There are just so many great and tempting products out there that it is easy to stray. Fair trade means that the people in poor countries who make cosmetics are paid what they deserve for the work they do and products they make instead than being exploited. When you buy these products, you are helping to improve the lives of regular people, who in turn have the money to properly care for their land. Fair trade also encourages environmentally sustainable production methods. These products also cost a bit more but it’s for a good cause: you’re helping people in need and the environment. And besides, if you follow the tips above, you will have saved enough money to indulge in fair trade products, at least once in a while.

Do you have any other earth-friendly beauty tips you want to share with us? Leave them in the comments!

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Trisha April 21, 2011 - 6:03 pm

Great tips! I like the idea of reusing old bottles. I’m ashamed to admit that I don’t do that. But I can always start!

beautifulwithbrains April 21, 2011 - 8:04 pm

Trisha, thanks. And you should definitely starts. We all have things to store every now and then and when that happens we never seem to find a container for them. Keeping old jars and bottles around is the perfect solution. 🙂

eight April 21, 2011 - 8:42 pm

I wish the Body Shop had a recycling program. I have so many empty body butter containers that are just lying around, anticipating the day they start a program 😛

beautifulwithbrains April 21, 2011 - 8:54 pm

Eight, it would be awesome if they started a recycling programme too, I agree. 🙂

Makeup Morsels April 22, 2011 - 6:02 am

I wish all makeup stores had a back-to-MAC type of thing. I have to admit I don’t always buy fair trade products either, but I do recycle and try to cut down on water usage!

beautifulwithbrains April 22, 2011 - 7:48 am

Makeup Morsels, I agree with you. All stores should have a program like that. Recycling and saving water are great habits to have. Yes, some tips are a bit harder to follow then another, but if we all did at least a couple of these things, the planet would be in a better shape. 🙂

LatestGirls April 22, 2011 - 10:07 am

I love the idea of saving the environment. I am always in favor of saving it as more and more natural calamities are happening nowadays.

Anyway lets hope that whatever little bit we all are doing will help us save the earth.

beautifulwithbrains April 22, 2011 - 12:37 pm

LatestGirls, I really believe that if all of us followed at least a couple of these (and other enviromentally-friendly) tips and practices, we can really make a difference. It takes so little and it is so important. 🙂

La Bisbetica April 22, 2011 - 3:37 pm

Very useful tips! I must confess I buy only few fair trade products.
I also wish that brands stop making useless bulk packaging, it’s such a waste! (I’m not very sure about my English here! 😐 )

beautifulwithbrains April 22, 2011 - 7:04 pm

La Bisbetica, I hate bulky packaging too. It is unneccessary and just ends up in the bin as soon as you open the product. What a waste!

Stavroula Plag April 23, 2011 - 11:41 pm

Great tips! I wish most companies would have a recycling program. I recycle like crazy, even the smallest piece of paper or plastic goes into the recycle bin. x

beautifulwithbrains April 25, 2011 - 7:32 pm

Stavroula, I agree with you. More company should have programs like that and I’m sure lots of people would take advantage of them. That’s great that you recycle everything. I do too. It’s such a small thing to do but so important!

Mylanqolia April 24, 2011 - 11:18 pm

It’s very hard to buy fair trade products because some of them are very expensive. If I had more money, I’d buy more fair trade items. I have the feeling that they taste much better than the ordinary stuff. Otherwise, I try to follow the other pieces of advice to protect our environment. But it’s a pity that drugstore brands don’t offer a similiar service like MAC. 🙁 It’d be more eco-friendly to return them to the producer instead of collecting the empty tubes or jars.

beautifulwithbrains April 25, 2011 - 7:35 pm

Mylanqolia, I agree with you about fair trade products. It’s a shame that they cost more but then that’s because those who produce them are paid fairly. Still, it’s nice to buy them and support a good cause every now and then. It would be wonderful if drugstore brands had recycling programs too.


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