Environment Spotlight

Posted on June 21, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Excess packaging

When you make your own skin care products, you can forget about how the paper and plastic packaging affects the planet.  Landfills will be a little bit emptier, one or two trees might survive, the chemicals from the plastic and wood pulp factories won’t seep into the ground water, etc.  and you can pat your self on the back for helping out old Mother Earth. 

But what happens when you don’t have the time to make your own skin care stuff?  Well, you can be little bit greener if you look for recycled packaging, thin plastic wrapping and seals, no excess packing materials, larger bottles, compacts with refillable inserts and new materials that replace plastic.  You can actually get lipstick tubes made of environmentally friendly corn material and boxes that are recycled, printed in non-toxic ink, and contain wildflower seeds.  Toss it in your garden after you open up the box.  Find these products by checking out the health food stores, reading books on green living, and going on the web (try google  “earth-friendly cosmetics” as a search word.   That’s how I found enviromom’s  blog, check it out:   www.enviromom.com/2008/01/eco-friendly-co.html).  But my favorite way to search is to stop in at a high-end make up counter and ask if they use earth friendly packaging.  You may not find recycled packages there, but the look on the salesperson’s face will be priceless… the company might even start being greener as a result.

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