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4 ways to make your daily personal care routine more eco-friendly

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Eco-mindfulness has infiltrated into every aspect of lives, highlighting how our small everyday behaviours can have a major impact on the environment.

Many people have begun re-thinking and re-assessing their traditional choices and instead opting for more sustainable and environmentally-conscious alternatives.

If you’re thinking of doing the same, your personal care and beauty routine would be a good place to start. Here are a few tips to help you - from sourcing local ingredients to minimising packaging.

Shop more mindfully

You can start by using supporting brands that are local and eco-friendly. If you’re shopping at big department stores, try to make earth-friendly choices such as looking for packaging that is 100% recyclable, choose products with sustainably-sourced ingredients or lean towards products that partner with environmental groups such as The Body Shop and its Community Fair Trade programme.

Eliminate single-use skincare products

Single use skincare items such as face wipes or certain sheet masks end up in landfills and are often filled with non-biodegradable ingredients. Instead opt for reusable alternatives such washable makeup remover clothes made from bamboo or other sustainable microfibres.

Forgo products in plastic bottles

A great way to reduce your carbon footprint is by purchasing items without plastic packaging. Switch to shampoo and conditioner bars instead of using those in bottles. In doing so, you’re avoiding the manufacturing process of the plastic packaging, as wel as the aftermath that usually ends up in landfills.

Re-think your toothpaste

Millions of toothpast tubes get discarded each year. To help eliminate this, why not opt for dissolving toothpaste tablets? They typically come in glass jars which are recyclable, look cute on your bathroom shelf, and reduce waste and pollution.

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