GREEN WITH ENVI

GREEN WITH ENVI

The hard truth is that the beauty industry is one of the largest culprits of pollution. Pretty and necessary packaging, difficult to recycle plastics, poor environmental impact for ingredient sourcing and even products that do harm to the environment all contribute to a huge carbon footprint for a billion-dollar industry.

As consumers we can force change with the companies not working towards lesser enironmental impact. We can also do our part at home when it comes to recycling and reusing. This can be difficult and confusing in some cases, so I’ve created this page to try to help .

Not only will I always be adding to this page to provide advice and resources, I’d love to hear from you and how you are trying to keep our planet healthy and beautiful. This has to be a group effort, so I want to share your voice as well as mine!

lET'S START WITH THE BASICS

01

research

Do your homework on the brands where you by your products. Use google to find eco-friendly or zero waste brands. You can also research your favorite brands websites about their plans or current programs to become greener. A recent TeenVouge article gives light to 15 brands that are doing their part.

02

reduce

This can be something we do in every part of our daily lives. As for beauty, we can stop using so many disposable “convenience” items. No more face wipes or sheet masks and get your shampoo and conditioners refilled at the salon. As for other products, we’re not quite there as most brands doing this are high end.  See my list below.

03

reuse

Reusing helps us with the reducing part of life. Instead of makeup wipes, look into makeup “melt” products or makeup remover cloths. Wash your makeup brushes regularly instead of tossing them. There are also companies that will take things like mascara wands to clean wildlife. See my list below for more information.

04

recycle

This is an obvious one when we are talking about the environment. As mentioned, beauty product packaging can be tricky, so I’ve started a helpful how-to below. I will always be adding to this list and would love to hear your suggestions for recycling!

05

reward

Reward the companies trying to make a difference by giving them your business! I know brand loyalty can be hard to break, but if your favorites are not taking steps to improve, let them know that the environment is important to you as their loyal customer. Consumers have power.

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share

Spread the word! If you’ve discovered a eco-friendly brand that you love, let people know. When you’re showing off your look on Instagram and listing the products you’ve used – flag the Green ones so people know. The more we talk about the problem and solutions, the bigger the impact.

HOW TO RECYCLE

This is obviously a broad category, so I’ve done a little more breaking down for you below. The biggest part of this is that recycling is not one-size-fits-all across the US. You will need to do your homework to see what your municipality accepts. You can also check for companies or plants where you can drop off your recyclables. You’ll find below that the sad truth is quite a lot of beauty brand plastics are not recyclable.

Glass is an easy one to recycle and what I try to look for in my skin care product packaging. The biggest rule of thumb when it comes to glass is clear, green and brown glass are the most accepted for recycling and that you need to clean the container before you toss it in the recycle bin. If more brands would switch to glass instead of plastic, we’d be heading in the right direction.

I know I just told you that glass is easier to recycle, but these are not able to be recycled because of the chemicals in the product themselves. Also, the bottles are too small to make recycling possible. These items must go into the regular trash.

I know I just told you that glass is easier to recycle, but these are not able to be recycled because of the chemicals in the product themselves. Also, the bottles are too small to make recycling possible. These items must go into the regular trash.

Right now, these are hopeless and need to go into the regular trash bin. Since they are made with several materials, they will not make it through the sorting bins. Just be sure to remove them from any bottles that you are going to recycle so that the bottle isn’t sorted out.

Yay, these are recyclable! Dry shampoo, hairspray, frizz products and so on are usually made in aluminum or steel cans and you toss those in the recycle bin. Just be sure to check your local rules about aerosol cans. and remove the plastic tops.