Quiz: Are Your Products Killing the Planet?
Eco-trashy is out. Find out how to green your natural beauty routine
Green Beauty Goddess in Training
You've dipped your toes into some organic, cruelty-free products and are careful about recycling empty shampoo bottles -- congrats! But there's still a lot more you can do to look great while helping the environment. Here are a few suggestions:
• After using your blow-dryer or curling iron, don't just switch it off; unplug it. Appliances like these use energy whenever they're plugged in so you'll save resources (and money) by putting them away. (Think how much neater the bathroom counter will look.)
• Buy a cute reusable tote bag and take it shopping with you. Many brands make them in designs that rival any disposable bag.
• Seek out brands that use less packaging. Aveda, for example, sells its compacts separately from makeup so you can refill without buying a new compact every time.
• Try out organic beauty products. Certified organic products don't use pesticides when grown, have fewer untested chemicals as ingredients and are less toxic to throw away (meaning less planet-harming chemicals running into groundwater). Plenty of brands like Origins and Physicians Formula carry certified organic lines with products that work just as well as their non-organic counterparts.
• To conserve water, try turning off the faucet while you shave or installing a low-flow showerhead. Or take baths. (They're more luxurious and use less water.)
• Try to cut back on the amount of disposable products you use.
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