This article first appeared in our World Environment Day Day 2023 issue of My Green Pod Magazine, published on 05 June 2023. Click here to subscribe to our digital edition and get each issue delivered straight to your inbox
The statistics are staggering: in the UK we generate over 222 million tonnes of waste each year, which is equivalent to 3.3 tonnes per person.
Since 1964 there has been a 20-fold increase in the production of plastic; if this trend continues, it could mean that by the year 2030, the ocean will contain more plastic – by weight – than fish.
We’ve got the power
Ecosystem Restoration – the theme of this year’s World Environment Day (05 June) – feels optimistic.
We all have the power to choose eco-friendly products that reduce the volume of waste that ends up in landfill, and we can all help to conserve resources.
Choosing natural beauty
Skincare and personal care products can make a significant environmental impact; they can contain potentially harmful chemicals and often come in single-use plastic packaging.
The fantastic news is that we can now choose products that are natural and sustainable, that are vegan, cruelty free and contain plant-based ingredients that do no harm to our health or that of the environment.
Thanks to a shift away from single-use plastics, lots of great products now come in packaging that is recyclable, biodegradable or refillable.
My advice is to support brands that prioritise sustainability in all their operations.
Here is a selection of products that are natural, contain beautiful, effective ingredients and come from brands that follow through with sustainable credentials.
ALTEYA ORGANICS BULGARIAN ROSE WATER
It’s hard to beat the luxurious feel and beautiful fragrance of this 100% pure organic flower water.
This is a therapeutic and food-grade rose water, steam distilled and bottled in the heart of Bulgaria’s Valley of Roses. It can even be used as a hairspray!
RHYTHM OF BEAUTY SEASONAL DAY CREAM
Harness the power of flower essences with this gorgeous cream, which is a nutritious cocktail of skin superfoods.
It contains shea butter, aloe vera and cocoa seed butter, plus powerful antioxidants and vitamins to help reduce high colour as well as the appearance of broken veins.
ATLANTIS SKINCARE EYE CREAM
Don’t forget the sensitive skin around your eyes! Try the Atlantis Skincare Eye Cream with hyaluronic acid plus shea butter, rosehip oil, oat kernel, mango seed butter and aloe vera juice.
It’s soothing, hydrating and can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
PIQI WATER KEFIR SOAP
Sometimes we just want good old-fashioned soap and water – but make it one that is vegan and palm oil free!
Try the new, 100% natural Water Kefir Soap from PiQi, based on raw fermented probiotic water and packed with nutrients.
Handcrafted in Devon and available in three scents, it contains live probiotic cultures and organic acids, plus olive oil.