Green Your Beauty Routine
Did you know that we produce 300 million tons of plastic every year?! About 8 million tons of that ends up in our oceans. We’ve all seen the heartbreaking photos of damage to ocean wildlife and literal trash islands, but what can we do about it?
While the situation is dire and seems so overwhelmingly beyond repair, each and every one of us can take simple actionable steps towards producing less waste and making responsible choices for our planet. Not just during Earth Month but every. single. day.
With this in mind, we’re sharing 5 easy (promise!) tips to help you make an impact. Naturally, we’re starting in the bathroom. We are a beauty brand after all. Read on to “green” your beauty routine and who knows...maybe you’ll be inspired to tackle the rest of your home next!
Tip 1: Minimize & Prioritize
Let’s do an exercise. Go into your bathroom and take a look at your shower, cabinets, and drawers. Do the same with your vanity if that’s where you keep your beauty products.
How many of the products do you actually use every day? Every week? Every month?
How many of them have overlapping uses or benefits?
Believe us, we’re just as beauty obsessed as you all are, and we’ve all been guilty of impulse buys and excessive hoarding of products “just in case.” The reality is, we all do this, but it’s easier to fix than you may think. The next time you run out of something or go shopping in general, just think about what you really need and how often you’ll actually use it. Try to treat it as a fun challenge!
You can save time, space AND money while avoiding waste by opting for multitaskers. This is especially easy with lip/cheek/eye stains/balms and products like Suntegrity’s “5 In 1” tinted moisturizer with SPF - it allows you to treat, hydrate, protect, prime, and cover with one buy.
Tip 2: Take If Off Without Leaving It Behind
This is a hard one for those that are addicted to their makeup remover wipes (what could be easier, right?!). Same goes with disposable cotton balls/rounds. We get it. But you can avoid these daily (or often times, twice daily) tosses by swapping for washable/reusable cotton rounds and/or using an organic cotton washcloth.
No need to restock/repurchase and you can feel good about avoiding potentially harmful chemicals like dioxins (that are produced in the bleaching process of regular cotton balls/rounds). Plus you can rest easy knowing that they’re not accumulating in a landfill.
Bonus points for also switching to a reusable stainless steel safety razor instead of constantly rotating through plastic/disposable ones. Invest in it once and the replacement blades will run you under a dollar each.
Tip 3: Opt For A Guilt Free Smile
The Brush: Go green with a compostable/biodegradable bamboo toothbrush - most come with instructions on how to properly recycle them and they look so much chicer than plastic ones, so you can proudly display your responsible choice. Now that’s something to smile about.
The Paste: Mass brand toothpastes contain ingredients that may cause negative health effects and even cancer, and of course you’re tossing out the tube every time.
There are some great recipes out there for homemade toothpastes (think baking soda and essential oils), but if you’re not quite ready to go the DIY route, make sure to read the ingredients list and choose a brand with eco-friendly packaging.
Tip 4: Choose Clean
If you’re reading this and are already an EVOLVher, then you already know that natural products perform just as well, if not better than mass/conventional ones. But this common (yet oh so wrong) misconception is preventing people from shopping responsibly when it comes to their beauty products.
With more and more amazing (and super selective) retailers like Credo, Detox Market, and Beauty Heroes, curating only the best clean products, and the widening range of available options, there is no longer an excuse to use products containing toxins and nasties that are not only potentially harmful to your and your family's health, but also to the planet.
Plus most clean brands (like us, of course) are committed to ethical, responsible, and sustainable practices when it comes to sourcing, formulating, manufacturing, packaging, and shipping, so you can shop with confidence in the entire process from start to finish.
Here are just some of our faves:
Sun Protection - Suntegrity
Skin Care & Makeup - Kari Gran
Deodorant - Taos AER
Shampoos and conditioners that contain chemicals are particularly bad culprits as they get washed down the drain. Luckily, we’ve got you covered:
Tip 5: Bulk Up
Last but not least, buying in bulk and reusing your containers whenever possible is an easy way to keep using the products you love without excessive packaging and more frequent shipments (if you order online think of all the waste and emissions avoided).
The best part is, you’ll save money and never have to worry about running out!
We offer each of our 4 shampoo and conditioner duos as value liters. Major performance, major savings, and major green payoff = win, win, win.
Pro Tip: If you buy travel sizes of any of our products, be sure to hold on to them so you can refill from the full or liter size and always be prepared for wherever your journey takes you.
“Earth” and “EVOLVh” both start and end with the same letters - it’s a special connection we share with our beautiful, beloved planet and is symbolic of our values and who we are.
It is our absolute honor to continue to deliver on the promise of bringing you clean performance products for your happiest, healthiest hair EVER, while remaining committed to avoiding nasties and maintaining eco-conscious practices.
Now that you’re armed with these tips, go on and enjoy Earth Day every day!