All you need to do is #startsomewhere
Happy Earth Day peeps! This significant date, which has been around since 1970, brings together people from all over the world to highlight the environmental issues that need addressing to protect our planet.
Joe Biden and his administration are actually convening a global climate summit to coincide with today – so it’s a pretty big deal.
With world leaders taking part and doing their bit, it can seem like our daily actions pale in significance. But we’re here to tell you, to be kind and generous to yourself. Nobody is asking you, and you alone, to solve the world’s greenhouse gas issue or reduce the amount of plastic in circulation. But if you’re able to make small changes to your daily life, then that’s a great place to start for sustainable living.
We’ve rounded up 10 ways that you can do your bit to start somewhere.
1. A new way of washing your hands
Forgo is a clever sustainable hand soap brand that consists of a glass bottle, powder sachets and your very own tap water. It’s really rather clever. You pour the powder into the bottle, add tap water, give it a shake and voila, you have hand soap. It’s easier than making a cup of tea. The packaging is both recyclable and compostable. It ships waterless and refills arrive in a thin paper envelope, via a subscription service.
2. Switch up your razor
Think about how many disposable razors we must get through in a lifetime. You could stop using them altogether and swap in an epilator or start waxing, but that’s not feasible for everyone. Thankfully, all Gillette Venus refillable handles are now made with at least 30% recycled material, plus all packaging is now 100% recyclable and made from recycled content and responsibly sourced paper.
3. Recycle your old tools
Cloud Nine, the award-winning hair tool brand has a recycling scheme like no other. In its bid to reduce its environmental impact and carbon footprint, it will recycle any tool – straighteners, curling wands and hair dryers – from any brand for you. Oh and it also plant 10 trees for every purchase made on its site.
4. Plastic packaging, really?
Fekkai, the well-loved hair brand, has made every single bottle in its collection out of 95% repurposed plastic, which is 100% recyclable. So not only will it look good on your shelf and take care of your hair, but it’ll also allow you to sleep soundly at night knowing that you didn’t buy another virgin plastic bottle.
5. Go solid
Shampoo bars are this year’s must-have sustainable product – there are offerings from Bleach London, Garnier and now even Morrisons has launched its own. They are 100% plastic free, which when you know the statistics – approximately 13 billion plastic bottles including shampoo bottles are used annually in the UK, with only 7.5 billion being recycled – seem like a no brainer. Go that one step further with Faith in Nature’s shampoo and conditioner bars.
6. Tan without the guilt
Scientia Beauty is a new skincare brand that’s certified cruelty-free under the Leaping Bunny Certified programme, Vegan Society approved and comes in sustainable glass and FSC certified packaging printed with soy ink. Its new HA & Vitamin D Aqua Tanning Serum (£24, out on 30th April) means that you can get that sunkissed look without the guilt.
7. Refill, refill, refill
Upcircle Beauty made its name creating wonderful products from other people’s coffee waste. That has now expanded into other by- products and it continues to offer up a more sustainable choice to consumers. Its latest venture is its refilling scheme, which is hands down one of the best we’ve seen. Customers can purchase products as a refill on its website, then send back the original packaging for free, to be sterilised, refilled and returned.
8. Think about you hair salon
If you don’t know much about Authentic Beauty Concept, then listen up. This brand is making waves within the haircare industry for its green approach across its company. Everything from its products to its salons have sustainability at the heart. Within its salons, which are located all over Europe, it uses recycled paper and any salon material is printed on vegan, biodegradable, FSC paper with mineral-oil free inks. It encourages staff to learn how to be more eco-friendly and socially responsible within the salon. You’ll also find refilling stations across some locations. Find your nearest salon here.
9. Make up your mind about make-up
Kjaer Weis was doing refillable beauty way before it became a thing. Customers can choose whether to package their cosmetics in the iconic, refillable, keep-forever metal compacts. Or opt for the lightweight, recyclable, refillable and biodegradable Red Edition packaging. So many of its products are already plastic-free and it keeps single use plastic to a minimum throughout its line.
10. Clean your bathroom with clean products
Created by a mother and daughter duo, with the help of a Californian uncle, who’s a formulator, KINN Living is an eco-friendly home cleaning brand. Its Bathroom Cleaner has a biodegradable formula, and is free from harsh chemicals. They say that the bathroom is the most toxic room in the house, but not with this sweet smelling rosemary and lavender spray.