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Celebrating Earth Day

Natural beauty expert Janey Lee Grace reveals the brands to support for Earth-friendly beauty
Janey Lee Grace

This article first appeared in our Earth Day issue of My Green Pod Magazine, published 22 April 2024. Click here to subscribe to our digital edition and get each issue delivered straight to your inbox

Earth Day serves as a global call to promote awareness of the environment and encourage sustainable practices.

It’s a day to celebrate nature’s beauty, but also to acknowledge the pressing environmental challenges we face.

It may feel as though there is little we can do as individuals to make a difference, but in truth the ‘small change, big difference’ approach really works.

Our actions, whether big or small, have a profound impact on the ecosystems that sustain us.

We can each make conscious choices in the products we buy – and it’s a win-win as we end up with the best and most natural personal care products, too!

We can also play our part by supporting eco-friendly brands that prioritise sustainability and ethical practices – brands committed to reducing their carbon footprint, minimising waste and supporting local communities.

Their products offer consumers a greener alternative without compromising on quality.

As renowned environmentalist David Suzuki once said: ‘In a world of more than 7 billion people, each of us is a drop in the bucket. But with enough drops, we can fill any bucket.’

Through collective support, we can drive meaningful change and pave the way for a more sustainable future.

Choosing ethical products

Among the many eco-conscious brands making a positive impact, several standout and have products that are featured as Heroes on My Green Pod.

These include fantastic brands that specialise in organic skincare and cruelty-free and vegan products, and businesses that demonstrate strong commitments to both environmental and social responsibility.

If you’re new to it all and want to dip your toe gently into the world of natural skincare, start with some authentic brands that have demonstrated a commitment to positive change.

In an ideal world we want to look for products which don’t contain ingredients that can be harmful to both our skin and the environment, so choose brands with products containing natural, plant-based ingredients.

Janey Loves Earth-friendly beauty recommendations

Award-winning beauty

The Janey Loves Platinum Awards aim to recognise and award the best in natural, organic and eco products, and they are now open for entries.

Here are some of my Earth Day favourites; they have all won previous Platinum Awards, have totally sustainable packaging and are completely natural.

Weleda UK has a huge range of skincare and wellbeing products. I love the multipurpose Skin Food (£14.95) and natural toothpaste.

The Rebalancing One shampoo bar from KIND2 (£12.50) is a great alternative to liquid shampoo and perfect for thick hair or oily roots. It cleanses gently without stripping the hair of its natural oils.

Treat yourself to a unique dry oil that is easily absorbed into the delicate tissue of the breasts. The Guardian Angel of Breast Oil from Rhythm of Beauty (£54) includes botanicals, high vibrational essential oils and immunity-boosting plants.

INGREDIENTS TO AVOID

Parabens: these preservatives have been linked to hormone disruption and are potential endocrine disruptors

Phthalates: plasticisers often associated with reproductive issues

Sodium lauryl sulfates: surfactants that can cause irritation and dryness

Formaldehyde: a known allergen that can cause skin irritation and respiratory issues

Synthetic fragrances: can trigger allergies and sensitivities

Mineral oil and petroleum derivatives: can clog pores and lead to acne and skin irritation

Synthetic colours: may cause skin irritation and allergic reactions

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