How To Make Your Personal Care Routine More Environmentally Friendly

Little Tweaks That Can Make Your Personal Care Routine Kinder To The Environment

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Real talk: Ensuring your beauty and hygiene routine isn’t doing major damage to Mother Nature can be overwhelming. Thankfully, a few small changes can make all the difference – especially when it comes to switching to sustainable alternatives.

You may be thinking, “Cool, but where do I start?” The answer is: right here. We’ve compiled a list of the easiest yet most-effective steps you can take to look after yourself while still caring for the environment.

#1 Say ‘No’ To Single-Use

How To Make Your Personal Care Routine More Environmentally Friendly

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It can take more than 100 years for a single make-up remover towelette to break down in landfill. Not only are these sneaky wipes predominantly made of polyester, they also include a range of non-biodegradable materials including rayon fibres and polypropylene. Sure, these wipes are convenient when you’re tired or in a rush, but the harm they’re doing to the environment outweighs the benefits.

Next time you’re ready to scrub the day away, why not choose a more sustainable option instead? There are plenty of alternatives to these eco-harming wipes including re-usable and washable cleansing pads and cloths that help to remove every inch of makeup and waterproof mascara. If you’re really keen on minimising your environmental impact, you could also use natural make-up remover with a simple dark-coloured wash cloth.

#2 Invest In Undies Designed To Support And Protect


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It’s time to go with the flow! Whether you’re surfing the crimson wave or battling any number of unpredictable moments below the belt, finding underwear that protects you from all of life’s leaky moments can be super helpful. Even better if these undies are environmentally friendly.

Modibodi is a total a game-changer when it comes to sustainable personal hygiene. From periods to wee, sweat and even everything that comes with post-pregnancy life, Modibodi products are basically a complete replacement for disposable hygiene products and can also act as an additional back-up during your period if you’re not quite ready to go tampon or pad-free.

How does this magic work? Well, Modibodi products use patented Modifier Technology™ fabric, which can hold up to 20ml (or four tampons worth) of liquid. It uses numerous fabric layers to help eradicate moisture, fight bacteria and stop smells. All you need to do is choose which absorbency option you want to go with.

Best of all, Modibodi undies are completely re-usable. To get ‘em clean again, all you have to do is wash them in cold water, avoid the fabric softener and let those babies air dry. When they’ve eventually reached the end of their lifespan, you can use your clean Modibodi items as a cleaning cloth. They’re the gift that keeps on giving.

#3 Brush away the plastic

How To Make Your Personal Care Routine More Environmentally Friendly

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Take a peek in the cupboards in any Australian bathroom and you’ll quickly realise how many of our daily-use products are made from plastic. This is particularly true of the products we use on our own bodies.

One of the easiest ways to start reducing the harm caused by this plastic mess is by getting rid of your toothbrush and replacing it with a sustainable and environmentally friendly brush made from biodegradable bamboo. Better yet – try to find a bamboo brush with a replaceable head. You can even investigate natural mouth wash and toothpaste so you can continue shopping mindfully when it comes to dental care.

While you’re at it, make sure the ingredients for all of these items are free of palm oil, synthetic fragrances, flavours, and toxins. After all, what’s good for you is good for the environment.

#4 Seek Out Products That Aren’t Tested On Animals

How To Make Your Personal Care Routine More Environmentally Friendly

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Is there anything better than animals? No, which is why it’s so important to ensure the beauty and hygiene products we’re purchasing are 100 percent animal cruelty-free. Unfortunately, there are plenty of big brands still testing on animals, so do your research before you spend your next dollar. Not sure of which company is doing the right or wrong thing? There are plenty of websites that have current and up-to-date lists that name and shame the brands you’ll want to stay away from.

#5 Start keepin’ time

How To Make Your Personal Care Routine More Environmentally Friendly

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A long, hot shower is bliss, there’s no doubt about that, but with the amount of water we waste while indulging in these steamy sessions, it’s high time we turn that nozzle to the left and start saving water while we still can. To make sure you’re not over-indulging, grab yourself a handy shower timer. These water-proof devices allow you to zone-out without overstaying your shower welcome.

If you’re looking to cut down on your water and gas bill, these devices are an added bonus.

This article originally appeared on Junkee.

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