FYI, Earth Hour 2018 is happening on Saturday from 8:30PM to 9:30PM. But it’s not simply about turning our lights off for an hour—that’s just the rallying gesture. Earth Hour is all about recommitting ourselves to making choices that will help, not hurt, our planet.
That said, we know switching to a completely eco-friendly lifestyle isn’t easy. We’re beauty and wellness junkies, too, just like you—and the truth is, so many of the products we love aren’t the best for green living. Whether it’s their ingredients or their packaging that pose an issue, our faves aren’t always flawless. We know, we know: the truth hurts.
So, do we just quit our obsession altogether? Well, that’s up to you—but here at BeautyMNL, we think there’s still value in starting small. By that, we mean recycling and conserving where we can, and going for products that are good for the planet over their less green counterparts. Start with these seven, and you won’t believe the difference you’ll make!
THE GREEN SHOPPING GUIDE
1. STEEL STRAWS
Every time you get that frappe or boba to go, be sure to opt out of the sea-polluting plastic straw that comes with it. Steel straws can fit easily into your purse, so you can take ‘em with you wherever you go!
TRY: Sip PH Duo Steel Straw Set, P200, TRVLR Reusable On-the-Go Stainless Steel Straw Set, P250
2. BEESWAX FOOD WRAPS
You’ll be shocked at the amount of cling wrap most people use when storing their leftovers. Yes, all that plastic adds up! Instead, we suggest using wax wraps. Not only will they get the job done, they’re also washable, reusable, and biodegradable.
TRY: Milea NatuWrap Beeswax Food Wraps, P435
If all you need is a bit of light to guide your way around a space, there’s no need to switch on the bulbs. Both beeswax and soy candles can illuminate a room without adding to your carbon footprint. Plus, they’re soot-free, too!
TRY: V&M Naturals 100% Pure Beeswax Candle, P600, Figs & Blossoms Soy Candle (220g), P945
4. GLASS CONTAINERS
The next time you’re out shopping for your pantry essentials, try reaching for the ones housed in glass jars. That way, once you’ve finished up all the product, you can still reuse the empty container as a DIY home organizer. Gotta love those multipurpose finds, right?
TRY: Made by Maxi Almond Butter - Plain Roasted (240g), P385, Chili Chili Bang Bang The Original Recipe (300g), P225
5. BIODEGRADABLE SANITARY PRODUCTS
Ladies, we know Aunt Flo is a messy visitor. But because we’re all trying to be greener out here, feminine hygiene products are getting greener, too. Between silicone menstrual cups and 100% biodegradable tampons, your time of the month has never been, er, cleaner!
TRY: Ladouce Tampons Normal (16 Tampons), P209, Veeda Ultra Thin Day Pads With Wings, P190
6. REUSABLE ZIP BAGS
Buy anything that came in a cute little zippy lately (wink)? Well, don’t throw it out! Zip bags are great for storing toiletries, underwear, and socks during travels. They’re also perfect for keeping your receipts and other paperwork in order, so your purse can be totally mess-free. You’re welcome!
7. MAKEUP TOWELS
Cotton pads have done our beat faces a lot of good over the years, but maybe it’s time we threw the towel in. A reusable, 100% polyester towel, to be more specific. It’ll quickly swipe off all your makeup at the end of the day, without leaving you with a pile of soiled, unusable cotton.
TRY: Happy Island Candle Co. Magical Makeup Remover Towel, P499
So, how are you celebrating Earth Hour this year?
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