Today is Earth Day, a perfect time to be aware of things that will help extend the life of this planet we inhabit. As waste and populations rise across the globe, the Earth is in danger now more than ever, as evidenced in global warming, the thinning O-zone layer, and a million other scientific crises. While today is a day to raise awareness of a cause that affects us all, being green is a good habit to get into, and one that won’t impact your life drastically. And going green is easy when you start with baby steps: throw a plastic bottle in the recycling bin, buy local organically-grown food, or look for products that are manufactured by eco-friendly standards. Even a small act can have a big impact on our collective future.
And going green can carry over into your beauty routine, too. Great eco-friendly products are easier than ever to find. From recycled packaging (or no packaging!) to environmentally-friendly manufacturing standards, these products represent not only a more beautiful you, but a brighter future for us all.
Aveda is so organic, it’s impossible to choose just 1 product from the brand. Their Earth Month initiative focuses on clean water this year. One in seven people lacks access to clean water, a basic human right. Stylists at select Aveda concept salons are donating a portion of proceeds from each appointment during the entire month of April to the brand’s clean water partners. Talk about beautiful. You can get in on the action by purchasing the soy wax Light the Way candle ($12), in a glass container made from recycled wine cooler bottles, which benefits the Global Greengrants fund.
Preserve Toothbrushes and Razors
Preserve makes toothbrushes and razors from recycled yogurt cups. And who says going green is pricey? You can purchase a Preserve toothbrush in a mail-back pack (the company will recycle the plastic handle upon receipt) for just $2.99.
The company’s cosmetics are colored with natural fruit and vegetable pigments. What a refreshing way to get a dose of healthy color! Bonus: naturally-occurring antioxidants in fruit transfer into the makeup. It’s a win-win situation.
These luminaries are made from pure soybeans that are domestically-grown and sustainable. The candles are made using environmentally-friendly materials, and their clean-burning wicks and won’t pollute the air in your home. (Plus, the packaging is gorgeously patterned and perfect for gifting.) Right now, I’m burning the Zapote candle ($38), a mix of passionfruit, strawberry, pineapple, and echinacea.
More than 150 products from this brand are all-natural; labels give you exact percentages of naturalness for each product. It’s green gone simple. All packaging is made from recycled materials.
Josie Maran Cosmetics
The model dubbed her new cosmetics line “luxury with a conscience.” And she’s taking big strides to make her company as socially and environmentally responsible as possible. They print only when necessary, and use recycled paper and eco-friendly products. Even their display units at retail stores have been constructed from sustainable materials. Plus, all of the cosmetics are free of parabens and petrochemicals, so they’re more natural on your skin.
The Body Shop’s Coconut line
The Body Shop has expanded their Coconut line (hooray!), which supports sustainable, fair-trade coconut oil in Samoa. There are few things more empowering than doing good while smelling good.
Lush Solid Shampoo Bar ($9.25)
In an effort to reduce global waste, Lush offers 70% of their products “naked” without packaging. If 1 in 5 people switched from liquid shampoo to a Lush bar, about 22 million plastic bottles would be eliminated. The Solid Shampoo Bar works the same as regular shampoo; simply rub the bar on your scalp to generate a lather that rivals any liquid shampoo.
The good news is, these are just a few examples of eco-friendly beauty. There are tons of green cosmetics on the market today, and selecting them has never been easier. All it takes is a quick scan of a label to know whether you’re buying products that are good for you and the Earth.