Do your bit for the en­vi­ron­ment

Essentials (South Africa) - - CONTENTS -

1. Pa y at­ten­tion to pack­ag­ing

You don’t have to spend a packet on fancy glass con­tain­ers to do your bit for Mother Na­ture. Pouches, card­board and re­cy­cled plas­tics are in­fil­trat­ing the mar­ket, such as Oh So Heav­enly’s 450ml Value Re­fill hand­wash packs, R24,99, which use 70% less plas­tic than the 450ml bot­tles and have a nifty cap to make de­cant­ing sim­pler.

4. Cleanse with a cloth

Cleans­ing wipes are an easy win for con­ve­nience, but a los­ing game for the en­vi­ron­ment and for your skin. In­stead, try a re­us­able make-up re­moval tool, such as Glov Makeup Re­mover, R289. All it needs is a bit of wa­ter to gen­tly yet ef­fec­tively clean your face, and can be used daily for up to three months.

2. Use ev­ery drop

Au­thor Bill Bryson fa­mously said, ‘ There’s al­ways a lit­tle more tooth­paste in the tube,’ and the same goes for your hand cream, lip gloss and shadow. In­vest in skin­care that comes in jars with tiny non-ab­sorbent spat­u­las to help you get ev­ery scrap out of your prod­ucts – even those tricky-to-reach nooks.

You’ll con­sume less and save the planet and your hard-earned cash. Bonus! We love the Sor­bet Sa­lon Skin Cleans­ing Balm, R199.

3. Go Multi-duty

Recycling pack­ag­ing is a great step, but the real trick is sim­ply not con­sum­ing so much in the first place. Thank­fully, we live in an age of mul­ti­pur­pose beauty and it’s never been eas­ier to buy one prod­uct for var­i­ous func­tions, in­stead of three. Try Inoar Vir­gin Co­conut Oil, R350, which nour­ishes skin, hair, hands and nails; and ve­gan-friendly JT One Tint Up Lip & Cheek Tint, R55, to give your pout and face a gor­geous sheer hue.

5. Wash your hair less

An ex­cuse to lie in and save the planet, too? Yes, please! Stylists tell us to wash less of­ten for hair health. Plus, a Unilever study found an eight–minute shower uses 62 litres of wa­ter, so shav­ing a few min­utes off by skip­ping a wash each day adds up. Batiste Dry Sham­poo Show-Stop­ping Heav­enly Vol­ume, R95, can coun­ter­act un­wanted oili­ness and give you bounce on no-wash days.

6. Split your bath­room bin

Most of us di­vide our kitchen rub­bish, but if your sham­poo bot­tles are still min­gling with card­board loo rolls, why not show your bath­room waste the same cour­tesy? Joseph Joseph Split Bath­room Waste Bin, R799,, is a sleek and user-friendly dou­ble bin, or just use a lit­tle bas­ket for re­cy­clables.

7. Em­brace emp­ties

Un­for­tu­nately, it’s not al­ways pos­si­ble to buy re­cy­clable prod­ucts, so why not give your emp­ties an af­ter­life? Wash out old make-up com­pacts and use them to store those hard-to-find items, such as but­tons and safety pins. Burnt-out glass can­dles make pretty make-up brush hold­ers and plas­tic mas­cara wands can be cleaned and used as eye­brow-tamers.

8. Ditch ear buds

Doctors have long warned us never to put any­thing smaller than our el­bow in our ears, and now that ear­buds are one of the most preva­lent items found to be pol­lut­ing beaches, it’s time to give up the bud. If you want to tidy make-up, use a firm, skinny brush like NY X Pro­fes­sional Makeup Pro Brush Col­lec­tion Lip Brush, R169,95, dipped in mi­cel­lar wa­ter in­stead.

9. Try naked cos­met­ics

Lush is the master of bring­ing the fun fac­tor to sus­tain­able beauty and is one step ahead of the game, hav­ing made pack­ag­ing-free prod­ucts for many years. As well as the usual soaps and bath bombs, it of­fers sham­poo and con­di­tioner bars, solid de­odor­ant and fa­cial oil. All are naked, nat­u­ral and a plea­sure to use, as skin­care should be. We are ob­sessed with the Sugar Daddy- O Solid Con­di­tioner, R120, and the

Full of Grace Serum Bar, R185.

10. Pick foam­ing prod­ucts

En­riched with rose ex­tracts to gen­tly re­move grime and make-up with­out dis­rupt­ing the bal­ance of oils on your skin, Ren Rosa Cen­tifo­lia Foam­ing Cleanser, R340, has a cru­elty-free for­mula that foams, mean­ing you spend less time (and wa­ter) lath­er­ing.

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