Sometimes the overlooked importance of eco-friendly makeup is shocking because the industry is so huge.
While most people in today’s age is fully aware of how much damage has been done to our environment over the years, most people are now recognize the importance of trying to reduce the damage we have caused to our world.
However, sometimes the terms used can be complicated.
One such term is “environment”.
This can mean that the object is beneficial to the environment, or it can mean that the object is not causing environmental damage.
The problem is that there is no real legal definition of “green” for products.
Any company or any person can say this and this is where the problem comes into play.
However, being environmentally friendly in general has the consequences that many people expect.
What Does Eco-Friendly Make-Up Mean For The Environment?
Firstly, we will go over some of the good things that being green or environmentally-minded means.
I will go over some of the terms used and what they actually mean!
This means the product contains no or little waste, or at least less waste than the previous product the company has made.
For example, using paper plates made from peanuts is one way to make disposable plates that are biodegradable, and can be considered environmentally friendly.
However, this does not mean that they are suitable for everyone.
For example, people who are allergic to peanuts cannot use this product.
All people need to be considered in the creation of “low waste” products.
Another way a product can be environmentally friendly is to use less energy than a comparable product or alternative form of energy.
For example, electric cars are considered more environmentally friendly than petrol cars.
However, some people question this because of the batteries used and other materials used in the process of making the vehicle.
I went over this more in detail in my previous article titled “How Eco Friendly Is Tesla -The Breakdown”
One of the main causes of environmental damage is how overproduction causes the loss of our forests.
A business can choose to be greener by promising to plant twice the trees it is replacing.
A common promise with most eco-friendly products is to plant a tree for every product sold.
Or donating to a non-profit charity that works with supplying fresh drinking water to people in need for example.
Reducing the Impact of Travel
Many companies are already looking for ways to stop traveling to become an eco-friendly company.
They can choose to host the event online through platforms like skype, rather than traveling, or they can choose to travel on a solar-powered ship rather than an airplane.
These issues are amplified even more in the current time of the pandemic we are currently in with the coronavirus.
Buying Locally Is Organic
When you shop at local farmers’ markets from farmers who grow or produce meat or vegetables locally, you will automatically be shopping more environmentally friendly than at mass markets.
More than likely they are more organic without the use of toxic chemicals that mass markets use in their products.
These products do not need to be delivered to the supermarket or carried across the country on a semi.
Some products that are recycled are considered environmentally friendly.
However, this depends on the product itself.
Some people question intelligence when trying to recycle plastic, for example, because of the enormous environmental damage it has caused to begin with.
To be more environmentally friendly, all you have to do is reduce, reuse and recycle.
That is the three pillars that most companies considered to be eco-friendly adopt.
But there is one more thing you can do, which is “Stop.”
Stop buying things
- You do not need it.
- That is not made to strict standards.
- That does not use less energy.
- That does not produce less waste.
- That does not use fewer chemicals.
Everyone must join in to do this work.
Otherwise, a term like “eco-friendly” wouldn’t make much of a difference.
Cruelty-Free Products – Where to Find Them
When you make a commitment to using organic, non-cruelty products, you don’t have to throw everything you have away and start over.
Instead, make gradual changes so that you do not lose anything.
If it’s thrown away, it means it’s still in the trash and you could have still used the product until empty.
You can also use them and replace them over time.
When going forward here are some tips to avoid getting a product that is not eco-friendly.
Read the Label
One thing to keep in mind is that even if you bought something that appeared like a good product in the past month, the makeup company could simply change the formula especially if they haven’t applied for a cruelty or veganism certificate, you can change the wording.
Read the label. Always read the labels!
Check the PETA site
If you are unsure about a product that you are interested in, the PETA.org site is a great place to look.
Some things may be controversial, but PETA does keep the product information up to date.
Use Vegan Brands
Most vegan brands are not cruelty-free either.
So if you are a vegan you can be sure that this will be considered cruel.
You will often see a vegan symbol with a jumping rabbit.
Shop Where They Promise To Only Sell Cruelty-Free Goods
Learn about what companies, stores, and brands offer cruelty-free products for you can only shop where they promise to sell these types of goods.
Then you don’t have to worry too much.
Always Look For Certifications
Companies must apply for cruelty-free certification to get it.
They are not given out to companies who do not prove that their standards meet the qualifications of being cruelty-free.
The companies must follow strict rules and obey them.
Look again for the hopping rabbit symbol because this is internationally recognized as a cruelty-free product.
Find Purchasing Guides
Websites and organizations like Humane Decisions have guides to help you find cruelty-free products.
The guide can be found by clicking here!
The good thing about these guides is that they are usually good at keeping you up to date and making sure they send out a newsletter when a business changes.
Double-check Your Basics
Thinking of things like toothpaste, floss, etc. can also be a problem when it comes to cruelty-free products, not just your makeup.
Nowadays it is not too difficult to buy products without cruelty because companies are realizing that customers want this in their products and it is important to them.
When it comes to hurting a companies pocketbook they usually want no part in that!
There are so many great brands and choices out there.
Even with more and more coming to the market, gone are the days when you had to do without it.
Today there is even honey without bees made from apples and makeup from fruits.
Plus, it’s not difficult to find materials that you can make yourself.
Because of this, you can be as picky, shop cruelty-free, and still be pampered and look good.
Easy At-Home Face Masks
It’s easy to make masks for your skin that help your skin glow.
Face masks are a great way to soothe the skin, combat dryness, and regulate the productions of natural oils your skin produces.
The will result in a more beautiful, clean, glowing complexion.
These recipes can be made mostly with the things you already buy and eat.
Banana Honey Exfoliating Mask
- Smash half an overripe banana in a glass bowl with a fork, stir in 1 TBS of honey, and 1 TBS of baking soda.
- Simply stir up, then apply to your face. As you rub it around, it will exfoliate your skin while the honey moisturizes.
- Honey also has antibiotic properties. Make this mask and use it immediately.
- Allow to set on your skin for ten minutes, then wash it off with plain water and gently pat dry.
Egg White Oatmeal Pore-Shrinking Mask
- This mask contains egg white, oats, and coconut oil. Buy the cold-pressed virgin coconut oil that is for eating.
- Simply mix 1 TBS of coconut oil (you may need to let it melt slightly) with one egg white and 1/8 cup of oats.
- Mix together with a fork in a small bowl. Rub it on your face, then allow it to stay on your skin for ten minutes.
- Due to the speed at which coconut oil melts, this is a very greasy combo. Wash off your face after ten minutes with mild soap and pat dry.
Olive Oil Mask for Dry Skin
Buy only extra-virgin cold-pressed high-quality olive oil for use on your skin.
Every ingredient you purchase should be the highest quality you can find.
- To make this mask, just mix together the ingredients in a glass bowl with a fork until well blended.
- You’ll need 1 TBS each of olive oil and raw honey.
- Then add 1 vitamin E oil capsule and 1 egg yolk, and mix together.
- To add some exfoliating power, add 1 scant teaspoon grated zest from an orange, lime, lemon, or other citrus fruit.
- Apply to your face, avoiding the mouth and eye area.
- Leave on for up to ten minutes, then rinse off with cool water and pat dry.
Bentonite Clay Mask with Honey
This mask is excellent for any skin type but is especially helpful for dry or ashy skin.
You can buy the clay at many places like Hobby Lobby, Bulk Apothecary, and Amazon.
All you need is a minimal amount per recipe, which you should make at the time you plan to use it.
- Mix together with a fork 1 teaspoon each of bentonite clay, raw honey, and water, and then add if you want a couple of drops of essential oil like rose.
- Mix together to form a paste, then rub onto your skin in a circular motion.
- Leave on for 15 minutes until the clay is hard.
- Wash off with a very warm, wet washcloth. Don’t rub, use lots of water, then pat dry.
These masks for your skin are eco-friendly, and safer for you than many store-bought ones you can find.
That’s what makes making it yourself so much better.
You only make what you need, and if you do need to store it you can reuse glass jars.
Find the right Eco-Friendly Makeup that is actually environmentally friendly can be tough.
Hopefully with this guide you will find the perfect fit for eco-friendly makeup you are looking for!
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