6 eco-friendly tips for your self-care daily routine
In lieu of our upcoming Going Green event, we compiled a few tips on how to bring eco decisions in your self care routine. Self-care is a broad term and includes many practices. This time we focused on the physical body care because frequently there are many products that go along our self-care practices. Below we share 6 tips how to make your bathroom rituals nurturing and eco-friendly.
Buying wooden toothbrush is probably the easiest and fastest change you can make. One plastic toothbrush takes about 450 years to decompose. Wooden toothbrush on the other hand can be discarded together with compost or burned in fire. Considering we use around five or six of them per year is making this choice quite important one.
Cotton Makeup Removal
Although they might seem convenient, the drug store bought cotton is highly processed and often these wipes have toxic chemicals in them. It sounds better to keep them away from our skin, doesn’t it? The best alternative is reusable 100% cotton or bamboo textile wipes. After use they can go in the washing machine together with the laundry. This method prevents unnecessary trash and saves money in the long run.
Probably most of us have used either facial or body peeling gel before. Did you know the little particles scrubbing our skin are made of plastic? They are called microbeads or microplastics. Not only are microbeads harsh for the skin, but their tiny size is making it easy for them to get through the filtration system, spreading into rivers and oceans. These particles are then consumed by fish that can end up on our plates. Recent study also found microplastics in 90% of world wide sampled table salts.
The best way to avoid microbeads is to make your own scrub at home. Try mixing sugar, salt or ground coffee grains with organic oil such as coconut, olive, jojoba or hemp. You can also add your favorite dried herbs like chamomile or lavender with few drops of essential oils.
As mentioned above, many drug store and even high end cosmetic products contain toxins and chemicals. Even if masks have good-for-you ingredients, the chemicals in them are needed to extend their shelf life. We can avoid these ingredients as well as trash from packaging by making our own. There are endless amazing recipes online that can fit your needs. One of the easiest ones is pure honey. Raw and unfiltered honey has active enzymes that nourish, protect and repair our skin. Try putting it on the first thing in the morning for 10-15 minutes while getting ready for your day. Honey does magic especially during dry cold winter days.
Our body care routine can produce unnecessary amount of plastic bottles from shampoos, shower gels, conditioners, shaving creams to lotions and the list could go on. The best is to be honest with ourselves and consider if we really need all these products. Shower gels can be replaced for bar soap and there are many great shampoo bars as well. Plastic disposable razors can be switched for stainless steel safety razor. All these can be also bought from eco brands and in bulk stores. There are also so many DYI recipes to make your own lotions and body butters that are nourishing for your skin.
Menstrual pads and tampons
Regular pads and tampons are bleached and treated with chemicals. These chemicals can be absorbed to the bloodstream through the mucous membrane in the vaginal tissue. Consider buying organic cotton based and unbleached products for your period. Another alternative are moon cups, menstruation underwear and cotton reusable pads.
Making changes can be intimidating and overwhelming. There is no need to get rid of everything in one day. Keep in mind that this is an act of kindness and care for yourself and the planet. It’s unnecessary to make it stressful and add new items on your to-do list. Take it one step at a time, be patient with yourself and just make your next choice a conscious one.
If you are interested in this topic and want to learn how to go green in your life or business, come to our networking event on Sunday October 28th. Get your ticket here.