A little birdie told me that you were looking for an upgrade. You don’t just want sustainability… you want to be a sustainability queen! Well then, have you thought about sustainable beauty?
Honestly, how many times can we say sustainable in this post. It’s a word that is thrown around so much, it’s getting difficult to remember its true meaning. But we’ve got you covered. Here at the cheeky panda HQ, we’ve curated a list of tips and tricks to guide your beauty buys. Because beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but sustainability? Eh, not so much.
It all starts with authenticity
If the branding feels superficial, it probably is! At the end of the day, you want to buy products that reflect YOU. If the branding says that it is “environmentally conscious” and “ecologically motivated” but only sells non-recyclable plastic products… it’s a no go.
Add some brand transparency
It’s always better to tell the truth, and you want to buy from brands that feel the same way. They should clearly state ALL of the ingredients used on their packaging and it should be easy to find out information about their environmental impact on their websites. Are they using ingredients that are produced in the UK or increasing their carbon footprint with importations?
Don’t forget environmental Impact!
Is the packaging recyclable or refillable? Are the ingredients safe for the environment in the long term? These are good questions to ask when buying cosmetic products. It’s estimated that between 20-40 percent of beauty products end up as waste, and that just wouldn’t be the case if your favourite lipstick came in a biodegradable or refillable case.
And finally… Key Words
This is probably the trickiest one of them all. Some brands will try to seduce you by saying that their make-up products are “clean” or “chemical-free”. But what do they mean by clean? Isn’t water a chemical compound? The product description should instead use words that are easily definable. Instead, look for words such as “cruelty-free” or “vegan”. Those descriptors let you know that no animal has been harmed nor used in that product, just like with our cheeky panda bamboo wipes 🐼 .
As you may have noticed, we number these points because every single one of them is equally important. Every. Single. One. Sustainability is cyclical, so if a point like transparency is forgotten the loop is broken.
If you’re already a sustainable beauty queen, tell us your own tips and tricks in the comments!