Trying to minimise your environmental impact can seem intensely overwhelming at times. Whatever you try to do to make things better will doubtlessly have ramifications elsewhere so it’s pretty impossible to stay on top of being zero-waste in every area of your life. I’m taking a much more laid back attitude in that I want to do my best at being more sustainable but I’m not going to lose sleep over it. One of the ways I feel as though I am most confident to talk about is minimising your beauty waste, so I wanted to share some steps towards A More Sustainable Shower Routine.
Look For Eco-Friendly Packaging
One of my favourite skincare brands, REN, also happens to make one of the nicest shower gels on the market. The Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Anti-Fatigue Body Wash smells divine (like a spa), the magnesium helps to soothe any muscle aches, the formula is natural and doesn’t contain any drying sulphates and the bottle is made from ocean plastics and is entirely recyclable. As you can see, my bottle is well-loved and has been recycled since taking these photos.
… & Eco-Friendly Formulas
Utilising existing waste, Upcircle takes old coffee grounds and turns them into scrubs for the face and body housed in aluminium tubes which are easy to recycle. It’s refreshingly innovative from an indie brand to be so forward-thinking with the repurposing of existing coffee grounds into a luxe beauty product. The peppermint scrubs smells deliciously fresh and is the perfect wake-up call to be used a few times a week. I know, coffee scrubs are messy, but this one minimises mess with the handy tube packaging – the scrub itself is fairly fine in texture, so it’s easily rinsed away as well.
Switch To A Bar Of Soap
The most obvious way to cut down on your plastic waste in your shower routine? Ditching shower gels entirely and switching over to the good ol’ bar of soap. There’s only a cardboard outer sleeve to recycle, and then the soap bar gets all used up. The issue being is that… bars of soap can get a bad rap. They seem a little old fashioned and they’re definitely not as sexy as a luxe bottle of shower gel BUT there are some real gems out there: the Odyliqye Honey & Oat Cleansing bar (via LoveLula) is incredibly gentle on the skin and contains just four ingredients (olive oil, coconut oil, oats & honey) to hydrate the skin whilst gently cleansing. The oats also give it a gentle bit of grit which help to buff the skin whenever used. Bonus points for the ingredients not being harmful as they get rinsed down the drain and into the water supplies.