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Green Your Beauty and Cleaning Routines

March 5, 2024

Green Your Beauty and Cleaning Routines

Why Go Green?

Going green with your beauty and cleaning routines is better for you, the environment, and even your wallet. Here’s why you should consider greening your routines:

  • Reduced exposure to harmful chemicals: Many conventional beauty and cleaning products contain chemicals like parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, and more. These can disrupt hormones, cause allergic reactions, irritate skin and eyes, and worse. Green products skip the harmful chemicals.

  • Less waste and plastic pollution: Conventional products often come in disposable plastic packaging and bottles. Green products tend to use recyclable, reusable, or even compostable packaging. This reduces waste and plastic pollution.

  • Environmental sustainability: Green products use plant-based, biodegradable ingredients grown sustainably. They avoid ingredients that pollute air and waterways during manufacturing. This lightens the ecological footprint.

  • Cost savings: Although some green products have higher upfront costs, they last longer. You also use less since they’re highly concentrated. This saves money in the long run.

Greening Your Beauty Routine

Here are some tips for greening your daily beauty regimen:

Cleansers

  • Look for plant oils like coconut, olive, jojoba, or grapeseed instead of detergents like SLS.

  • Try cleansing balms that melt to remove makeup without harsh scrubbing. They’re reusable too.

  • Opt for cleansing bars over bottled cleansers. They last longer, reducing plastic waste.

Moisturizers and Serums

  • Use plant oils, butters, aloe, and hyaluronic acid instead of petrolatum and silicones.

  • Choose products in glass over plastic packaging when possible.

  • Look for moisturizers with SPF from mineral sunscreens like zinc oxide vs chemical ones.

Makeup

  • Use loose mineral powders over pressed ones. The pans are recyclable and refillable.

  • Try multipurpose products like tinted balms and creams to reduce overall products.

  • Look for cruelty-free and vegan makeup brands that skip animal testing.

Hair Care

  • Use solid shampoo and conditioner bars to cut down on plastic bottles.

  • Opt for vegan and sulfate-free formulas made with plant oils and butters.

  • Skip silicone-heavy products that leave residue and disrupt hair health.

Nail Polish

  • Look for 7-free and 10-free polishes free of harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, toluene, etc.

  • Choose water-based over solvent-based polishes, which emit less fumes.

  • Use removers free of acetone, which is very drying and harsh.

Greening Your Home Cleaning

Here are some tips for greening your home cleaning routine:

All-Purpose Cleaners

  • Make your own vinegar or castile soap spray. Avoid chemical-laden commercial cleaners.

  • Look for cleaners in recyclable spray bottles or even better – reusable ones you can refill.

  • Opt for concentrated cleaners. A little goes a long way, so you use less product.

Laundry Detergent

  • Use plant-derived, biodegradable detergents free of phosphates and optical brighteners.

  • Look for plastic-free laundry powder or sheets you can compost or recycle after use.

  • Choose unscented or naturally scented formulas to avoid synthetic fragrances.

Dish Soap

  • Opt for castile-based or coconut-based dish soaps. They clean effectively without harsh detergents.

  • Buy in bulk and refill your bottle to reduce waste.

  • Dilute conventional dish soap with water in a foaming dispenser to make it last longer.

Hand Soap

  • Fill a foaming dispenser with castile soap diluted with water for an eco-friendly hand wash.

  • Avoid triclosan; it’s a hormone disruptor that breeds superbugs. Better options exist.

  • Look for plastic-free bar soaps. They last longer than bottled liquid hand soap.

Other Cleaning Supplies

  • Use microfiber cloths over paper towels for dusting, cleaning, etc. They’re reusable and more effective.

  • Replace plastic sponges and scrubs with natural loofahs, cloths, and brushes.

  • Make your own vinegar glass cleaner instead of buying commercial ones. It works just as well!

Bottom Line

The key to greening your routines is using plant-based, biodegradable products in recyclable or reusable packaging. With some easy swaps, you can make your beauty and cleaning habits much gentler on yourself and the planet. Vote with your dollars and support green companies for real change!

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