You know I love to review beauty products since I’m really into skincare, and especially into natural based and organic ones. But, there are other things that we may have in mind when choosing our beauty products. What about eco-friendly shopping?
Every time we shop, we focus on ingredients, but we should also look for brands who are into sustainability, against animal cruelty, and pollution. It’s something I don’t talk about a lot here on the blog, but I really felt like an article regarding this topic was really needed.
There are plenty of ways to shop more ethically, whether that’s choosing brands which don’t test on animals or checking the sustainability of the ingredients used in your products. But, just to get started in this topic, today I’m going to share with you three quick and easy tips to create some new ethical beauty habits.
One of the key steps in creating ethical beauty habits is to ensure you thoroughly research the brands you buy from. Even though you already know a brand, or you’ve been using it for a long time doesn’t mean that you know all about their ethical production.
Impartial organisations such as Ethical Consumer compile information from brands across the globe, and allow you to customise product guidelines to check the issues that are most important to you (whether that’s animal testing, sustainability, sweatshop labour, palm oil, or anything else).
For me, animal testing is definitely an important issue, and I know that very little women actually look for brands that don’t test on animals when buying products. Here we could find great choices as the very famous Becca, Urban Decay, Too Faced, Glossier, and Adore Beauty, which is a brand that’s leading the way when it comes to producing 100% cruelty-free cosmetics and attempting to reverse a trend that has seen 10 million animals suffer and die each year due to cosmetic testing.
Also, it’s good to look for brands that bet on recycled packaging, like Lush for example, and that also reward you if you bring the empty packages back to the shop so those can be used again. And, there are also zero-waste brands that will refill old shampoo bottles, for example, cutting down on plastic waste.
Check the labels
There are a number of ethical labels that companies can print on the packages which can help you to identify the ethics of the brand. Some labels are more trustworthy and rigorous in their approval than others, however.
Companies that are independently certified organic by the Soil Association, vegan by the Vegan Society, fairtrade by the Fairtrade Foundation, or cruelty-free by Cruelty-Free International are generally held in high regard amongst ethical consumers.
Checking the labels is also a great way to check for non-sustainable or pollutant ingredients such as palm oil, GM ingredients, herbicides or synthetic fertilisers. Organisations such as the Soil Association are particularly useful for highlighting companies that are committed to creating organic cosmetics, and that’s always a thousand times better for your skin.
Boycott the bad ones
One of the best ways to make sure your beauty habits are ethical is to stop shopping with brands who aren’t. Boycott companies that don’t behave responsibly.
Ethical consumption is more than just about what products you have in your bathroom cabinet and your makeup bag, it’s about spreading the word and give advice to other people (as I’m doing today in this post).
These have been the three tips I wanted to share with you today. I really wanted to write something like this for so long since I’m always talking about organic and vegan beauty products, but I never did a proper explanation of what that means, and also the importance of the packaging.
Maybe I’ll write another post soon with some other tips on how to reduce waste when it comes to beauty products and routines, since that’s another point that is really important to be conscious about.
Do you know if you’re using ethical beauty products? Did these tips help? Definitely tell me so in the comments down below and I’ll be glad to read!
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