The air is cooler, the trees are bare… Christmas time is upon us! This year, the issues of sustainability, waste and eco-consciousness have never been more prevalent, and now approaching Christmas we, as consumers, have some difficult decisions to make. Christmas is known for being an extremely polluting time of the year, from the purchasing of gimmicky, single-use plastic gifts, to the bags full of plastic packaging. Let’s all try and make some more ethical choices this Christmas!
But there’s no reason why we can’t continue to indulge in beauty in order to be more ethical and sustainable; all we have to do is be more selective about what and where we buy from and we can still look and feel beautiful. Giving low waste beauty products as presents make lovely gifts, and they don’t have to be expensive to feel luxurious! I personally am trying to live a low waste lifestyle now, and the biggest swaps have come from my beauty routine as they’re the simplest swaps to make.
Whether you want to inspire a friend or family member to try being low waste, or you just want to discover some high quality eco-conscious products, keep reading this post!
1- If you feel like getting crafty, consider making a homemade beauty product for that extra special touch.
Making a homemade beauty gift for someone is a lovely way to show you care. Try making a luxurious low-waste whipped shea butter moisturiser or shower steamers! You could also try making homemade lip scrubs or body scrubs!
2- Kick start someone’s low-waste lifestyle with a zero-waste starter kit
If you want to encourage someone to consider a low waste lifestyle, gifting a starter kit is a great idea. You can either buy one, or make your own!
If you choose to buy one, Etsy has several options, such as Tabitha Eve Co’s Beauty Starter Kit. This kit contains cotton reusable makeup rounds, nail varnish pads, a cotton and bamboo shower pouf and exfoliating loofah disks. Another good option is Zero Waste UK’s Bathroom Starter Kit, which contains body soap, a solid shampoo bar, a loofah, a back scrub, a bamboo soap saver, 2 bamboo toothbrushes and wooden cottonbuds.
If you would rather personalise your starter kit you can just include the products you want! Some ideas that I think would be perfect for a starter kit are:
Plastic free hairbands, reusable cotton or bamboo rounds (an alternative to single-use cotton pads!), a bamboo toothbrush, plastic-free reusable razers and a solid shampoo bar.
3- Support a smaller eco brand and gift beautiful zero waste makeup
It may seem difficult to find plastic-free replacements to our favourite makeup products but there are plenty of zero-waste alternatives available!
Clean-faced Cosmetics offer a wide range of products, such as eyeshadows, lipsticks, mascaras (2 types!) and eyeliners, and you can even customise your own palette!
Nudi Goods make zero-waste makeup products including highlighters, mascara, brow wax and lip balms, and also sell beautiful soy candles.
Kiaer Weis offers cream foundations, shadows, blush and highlighters. Their products are packaged in recyclable materials, and they also offer refills packaged in cardboard, meaning you can refill your metal case and continue using their products without producing any more waste. Genius!
4- Last but not least, encourage a loved one to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Consider gifting a gorgeous reusable water bottle, as we all know that drinking plenty of water is key to glowing skin. And we all know we’re definitely not drinking as much water as we should! Oops.
Some beautiful bottle brands are Chilly’s, (who recently gifted me one of their bottles for review on my Instagram), LARQ (and their bottle has a water filtration system) and 24Bottles, who partners with reforestation communities to plant trees to offset the CO2 produced during manufacturing.
So, you’ve bought your eco-friendly gift, but now what to wrap it in?! Although much Christmas packaging is made of paper, lots is still plastic or is unrecyclable. For wrapping presents, you can use some brown paper with a beautiful reusable ribbon, or if you’re feeling extra crafty, try Furoshiki. Furoshiki is the Japanese art of cloth wrapping, used for packaging and transporting goods. It makes for beautiful packing and can be reused!
I hope that these ideas will inspire you if you want to be more eco-friendly this Christmas but you don’t know where to start! And if you think of some friends or family members who could do with some low-waste guidance, please pass on this post!
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