5 Easy Steps to an Eco-Forward Bath and Body Routine
We’re going to take you through five easy steps to an eco-conscious bath and body routine. It all starts with clean ingredients, reducing single use plastics, learning how to avoid greenwashing, sustainable packaging, and ethical sourcing and manufacturing. Keep reading to learn about all five, and by the end of this blog you will be ready to start incorporating these tips into your routine, slowly, but surely.
5 Tips to a More Eco-Conscious Bath and Body Routine
1. Start With Clean Ingredients
This step is pretty easy, and can be done by swapping your current bath and body products full of parabens, sulphates, and chemicals with clean products. When you do the swap, you not only benefit Mother Earth, but your body too. Your skin is your body’s largest organ and what you put on your skin, directly or indirectly affects your mental and physical wellbeing. At LYMB, we only source ethically Canadian made products with the cleanest of ingredients. The fewer ingredients in your bath and body products the better. That’s why we love souring Buck Naked and BKind bath products.
2. Say it with us, "No more single-use products."
We repeat, “reduce the single-use products you consume!” There are lots of bath and body stores who offer refillable containers, or even give you a discount off your next purchase if you bring your original container back for a refill. Companies are realizing the need to reduce their ecological footprint and are also putting in an effort to support their enviro-conscious consumers. It’s really a win for companies, a win for the Earth, and a win for consumers overall if we reduce single-use cosmetic and beauty products.
Here’s a tip: Instead of buying a new plastic bottle of soap every time you run out, switch to bars of soaps and soap savers. Try the Agave Body Polisher Mitt to truly replenish your body and Mother Earth, or use the Agave Soap Saver Pouch and all you do is put your bar of soap, or leftover pieces of soap into the pouch and lather up!
3. Don't be Tricked by "Green Labels"
It’s no lie that eco-friendly products have become “trendy,” as consumers become more environmentally aware. However, we urge you not to fall into the trap of “greenwashing.” Greenwashing is when a company markets that they are eco-friendly, and have eco-forward practices, but in reality they are using “green marketing language” to sell their products to environmentally conscious consumers to make them seem greener than they are. So, how do you know if you are being greenwashed.
- Research the company’s founder and the organization’s values, look at partnerships and affiliates, and make a case to see if it all adds up.
- Check the ingredients on the packaging on the back! Some bath and beauty companies are really sly, and their packaging says “clean, and green,” but when you turn the label around and read their ingredients, they are misleading you. They may add in chemicals or preservatives on top of their green ingredients.
So, do your research of what ingredients are good for the Earth, and which aren’t. Here’s a list of chemicals that you should look out for that are not green and harmful for humans.
4. We just talked about minimizing single-use products, but packaging is just as important.
Did you know that 120 billion units of non-recyclable beauty packages are disposed of globally? That is far too much packaging waste, and why it’s important to look for packaging alternatives. We wrote a whole blog on packaging alternatives, you can read it here. With a little creative thinking and sustainability practices, you can find ways to substitute plastic packaging or bubble wrap for a more eco-friendly option.
5. Ethical Sourcing and Manufacturing Processes
- Choose companies who produce high quality products that last.
- Opt for companies who source local products, so fewer carbon emissions are emitted from transporting products across the ocean or across the country.
- The closer to home your products are made, the better the eco-footprint. We can minimize pollution and conserve our resources by switching to zero-waste extraction, manufacturing and disposal methods. By recycling products we minimize landfill waste, create redistribution strategies, and save natural resources.
- Lastly, you can focus on buying from ethical companies or fair-trade companies who have implemented safe working practices into their business and pay their workers fair living wages. Join us by choosing companies who support women or BIPOC individuals.
We hope you can take one of our many tips, and start incorporating an eco-forward bath and body routine!