ECO-FRIENDLY BEAUTY IDEAS
Do your bit for the environment
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, Takealot.com, 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.