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The Top Sustainable Beauty Brands

December 27, 2018
sustainable beauty brands

This is the fifth and final part of our series looking into environmental issues with the beauty industry, areas it’s excelling in sustainability and where we can expect to see sustainability efforts improve in the future. You can find the previous post here. Hope you have enjoyed reading!

 

You’ve decided to switch to sustainable beauty to benefit your health and the planet we all share. Good for you, eco-warrior!

Followers of this series already know some handy tips and tricks for making your daily beauty routine greener. Still, companies that have already gone the extra mile in implementing sustainable practices deserve some major props and increased patronage (although I’m not an affiliate with any of these brands — just a fan of sustainable companies). Read up on some top sustainable beauty brands that can make your grooming more Earth-friendly.

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Environment

Sustainable Cosmetic Packaging Revolutionizing the Beauty Industry

December 24, 2018
sustainable cosmetic packaging

This is the fourth of a five-post series looking into environmental issues with the beauty industry, areas it’s excelling in sustainability and where we can expect to see sustainability efforts improve in the future. You can find the previous post here.

 

While environmentally friendly personal care companies originally marketed primarily to those with a hippie or new age mindset, today, beauty product manufacturers who ignore trends toward sustainability risk becoming obsolete. Conscientious consumers, especially millennials and Gen Zers increasingly demand products that treat the planet kindly. As science develops ever more eco-friendly packaging materials, cosmetic manufacturers benefit both the Earth and their bottom line by utilizing these innovations to decrease their carbon footprint.

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Environment

How to Identify Sustainable Beauty Products by Their Ingredients

December 20, 2018
sustainable beauty products

This is the third of a five-post series looking into environmental issues with the beauty industry, areas it’s excelling in sustainability and where we can expect to see sustainability efforts improve in the future. You can find the previous post here.

 

Many people know that switching to sustainable beauty products helps the environment, but did you know it may improve your health as well?

As many of the chemicals typically used in cosmetic production have yet to undergo rigorous testing, no one truly knows the impact these synthetic substances may have on health. But we do know that the skin absorbs chemical additives like a sponge. So avoiding personal hygiene products laden with chemical additives and preservatives just makes sense.

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Environment

How Did Sustainable Beauty Begin, and What Are the Current Trends?

December 17, 2018
sustainable beauty

This is the second post in a five-part series environmental issues with the beauty industry, areas it’s excelling in sustainability and where we can expect to see sustainability efforts improve in the future. You can find the previous post here.

 

In today’s electronically connected world, consumers have greater access to information about the products they use than ever before. As a result, manufacturers face increasing public pressure to abandon wasteful production practices and embrace cleaner, greener alternatives.

The beauty industry stands at the forefront of the sustainability movement. Consumers criticize non-essential items most harshly. While few people encounter public scorn for activities such as driving — which pollutes heavily but remains a necessity — choosing to patronize beauty brands accused of unsustainable practices has long raised eyebrows. Cosmetics manufacturers continue to experiment with new techniques to create products that enhance beauty without destroying the planet.

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Environment

Common Beauty Industry Environmental Issues

December 13, 2018
beauty industry environmental issues

This is the first of a five-post series looking into environmental issues with the beauty industry, areas it’s excelling in sustainability and where we can expect to see sustainability efforts improve in the future.

 

More people than ever before recognize the importance of going green to humankind’s continued existence on this planet and with good reason. The most recent National Climate Assessment strongly suggests that failing to take immediate action to address climate change will cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars.

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Green Technology

Waste Companies Turning Food Waste to Energy

November 26, 2018
food waste to energy

About one-third of the food the world produces each year for consumption by humans gets wasted or lost. In fact, they throw away up to $2,200 in food per year. This creates a financial burden for families as well as waste companies and municipalities that must determine what to do with all this waste. New York City, for example, spends about $400 million each year shipping the waste it collects to landfills and incinerators across the country.

This wasted food also has a significant environmental impact. It represents a lot of wasted resources — not just the food itself, but also the land, water and energy it took to produce it. Food decomposing in landfills also releases a gas composed of approximately 50 percent methane and 50 percent carbon dioxide, both of which contribute to the greenhouse effect. Landfills are responsible for about 14 percent of human-related methane emissions in the U.S.

There are various efforts underway to prevent this food waste and its negative impacts. In 2015, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set the nation’s food waste reduction goals, which aimed to cut waste by 50 percent by 2030.

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Oceans

Common Chemicals in Our Water Supply and How to Avoid Them

November 15, 2018
chemicals in water supply

People rely on tap water almost every day of their lives, at least in the United States, where we are lucky enough to have running water available in our homes. Most of the time, people don’t question the safety of their water. However, when a water crisis such as the one in Flint, Michigan captures public attention, people grow more concerned about the chemicals that may exist in their water.

The human instinct to guard the water supply exists for a reason. Water contaminated by undesirable bacteria and chemicals can make people sick, sometimes severely so. For this reason, it’s smart to remain cautious about water safety even when no obvious problems present themselves.

Let’s consider which chemicals enter the water supply and how you can avoid them.

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Environment

8 Ways to Celebrate National Simplicity Day

July 12, 2018
National Simplicity Day

If someone asked you when holidays typically happen, you might answer in the fall and winter. During those months, there’s always another upcoming holiday to prepare for. It’s exhausting because they keep you so busy. While there are fewer holidays in the warmer months, there are still a couple you can celebrate without having to go overboard on buying gifts or going on an extravagant trip.

In fact, the holiday you can look forward to is National Simplicity Day. Every year on July 12, people across the nation celebrate the simple things in life. Most of the time, this is shown by little changes to your daily routine that make life easier and kinder on the earth. Read on for ways you can join in on National Simplicity Day this year. You might find that you want to keep up the changes to lead a simpler life all year long.

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Environment

A Roundup of Earth Day 2018

April 23, 2018
Earth Day 2018

Every year, millions of people around the globe celebrate Earth Day. It’s a chance to soak in all the beauty of the earth while raising awareness of how everyone can help make it a better place. There’s no doubt that work can be done by everyone to decrease pollution, which is why so many people come together at special Earth Day events. Everyone wants to make a difference, and that can be made even greater when it’s a large group of people all aiming at the same goal.

For Earth Day 2018, plenty of these events were available for people to attend if they wanted to go green. Some might not have known how they could contribute, while others might have already been living a green lifestyle and wanted to help others join the cause. There are lots of different ways that people in all parts of the world can celebrate and help the earth, which makes each event special.

From festivals to parades, people celebrated Earth Day 2018 with the kind of pride that comes along with living on such a beautiful planet. There’s so many reasons to love the earth and give back to it. Check out some of the ways that people came together at Earth Day events. Whether they did something to give back or just tried to learn something new, everyone made a positive impact by attending these events.

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Identifying Eco-Friendly Board Games for Your Family

April 16, 2018
identifying eco-friendly board games

Family game night has somewhat lost its magic and has since been replaced with tablets, smartphones and video game consoles. However, family game night is something to look forward to for both parents and children alike because it allows quality time together to bond and have fun with one another. Also, who doesn’t like a little healthy competition?

In a technologically-driven world that’s constantly on the go, it can be challenging for families to find time to spend together. Don’t let your family be the one that sits in the same room together but plays Candy Crush Saga in silence with other online opponents. Reinstate family game night, and reap the benefits.

There are many good reasons to play board games with your family. Board games promote human interaction, mental development and improve relationship skills. They also have a positive effect on your motor skills, school performance and problem-solving skills. In fact, research at the University of Florida has concluded that children who practice strategizing and problem-solving with their parents end up with better memory techniques, and therefore, become more successful problem-solvers.

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