Sustainable Swaps: Eco-friendly Cleansing

While you may be becoming a pro on filling your body with a healthy, cruelty free and more sustainable diet, have you considered how the rest of your routine might need a bit of an eco-friendly re-jig?

When it comes to sustainable/ zero waste living, instead of attempting to change every aspect of your lifestyle and home at once (although hats off to you if you’ve pulled this off), we find its best to focus on one part at a time so you don’t feel quite so overwhelmed! This week we’re looking at how to cleanse and wash your face without producing a whole lot of waste.

As something so many of us do daily, imagine the impact of single-use face wipes, cotton pads, cleansers and toners as well as the packaging they come in has on how much waste we create. These items end up in landfills and the non-bio degradable plastic fibres they contain affect our water systems as well as the wipes themselves being washed up on our beaches. So that got us to thinking what’s wrong with a little hot water and soap?

With a bit of research and some tried and tested methods from the Brook team we’ve come up with our top 5 ways to cleanse our face and remove make-up without the overloaded waste bin.

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  1. Face Towel + Hot Water

    Seems a little basic right? But what could be more natural, non-toxic and chemical free than waking up the skin with a face towel and steamy hot water. It’s like being at your own personal spa with the heat and moisture of the face towel loosening dead skin cells and dirt from the skin’s surface as well as zenning us out. Our current faves are Dip & Doze’s super-soft organic cotton towels, made ethically and free from chemicals. At £6 and lasting a lifetime, we think that’s a pretty good deal!

  2. Coconut Oil + Reuseable pads

    We all know how much of a miracle coconut oil is! It can be used to make vegan cheesecake, to roast the best sweet potato fries, whiten teeth, give you shiny hair and it can also moisturise and cleanse your skin as well as get rid of those panda eyes. There are plenty of options of reusable pads online these days made from organic cotton, crochet and bamboo just pop them in the wash when they’re getting on the grubby side.

  3. Muslin Cloths

    Washable muslin cloths are a great way of both exfoliating and cleansing at the same time, without the micro beads! Just run under hot water and you’re good to go.

  4. All natural Cleanser

    Still craving some extra skin TLC? Choose an all-natural cleanser from places like LUSH or White Witch that comes in a glass, metal or refillable container. OR better still why not have a go at making your own?

  5. Biodegradable face wipes

    If you’re struggling to find a sink (where are you?) or you just can’t move past your love for a face wipe, brands like Simple and Beauty Kitchen have made the move to producing biodegradable wipes (and even compostable) made of plant fibres and sustainable wood pulp that are chemical and artificial ingredient free. Just don’t flush them down the loo!

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Got a zero waste beauty tip of your own? Let us know in the comments below!