Five First Steps to Sustainable Personal Care

If you’re keen to adopt a more planet-friendly beauty routine, look no further. Here are some easy first steps.


Liz de Vries

3/1/2022 2 min read

Key points:

Five easy steps to a more sustainable personal care routine:

  • Turn off the tap

  • Simplify

  • Invest in reusables

  • Go solid

  • Break up with plastic


Are you keen to green your personal care routines? We’ve come up with five quick ways to inspire you.

1) Turn off the tap

We should all know this one by know, right? Probably the oldest trick in the sustainability book is to turn off the tap.

  • Don’t leave the tap running when you’re brushing your teeth. (Does anyone actually still do this?)

  • We readily admit we’re guilty of this some times, but really, the shower is not for philosophising. Save water and stick to a 3 to 4 minute routine.

  • Consider shaving at the bathroom sink instead of in the shower. Take our word for it, it is humanly possible.

2) Simplify

Fewer products on your shelf means less pressure on the planet. Consider simplifying your beauty regime by purchasing some of these multi-taskers:

  • You for Her’s pure argan oil has multiple uses - among others as a face, hand and body moisturiser. It can even be used as a scalp treatment.

  • The Ethical Beauty Expert’s Everything Skin Cream and Everything Skin Oil literally cover all of your skincare, including management of some common skin problems.

  • Hemp Collective’s conditioner bars beautifully double as shaving cream.

  • Le Lapin’s Hare Growth 2-in-1 is both a shampoo and a conditioner.

3) Invest in reusables

Rather than buying single use products, why not invest in beauty-routine-reusables? We’re impressed with the growing range of products that are available these days!

  • Reusable make up remover pads - available in soft organic cotton or bamboo.

  • Soft organic cotton face wipes (The Ethical Beauty Expert, Luxeluna, The Body Shop).

  • Conjac sponges for exfoliating, available from Luxeluna, Us and the Earth.

  • Reusable silicone swabs - as sold by The Good Company. Perfect for cleaning the delicate skin around your eyes and for applying cream or makeup. Simply wash the swab with soap and water after use. 

4) Go solid

For zero plastic hair, face and body cleansing, we recommend you look into solid bars.

  • Shampoo bars - available from many brands, among others Hemp Collective and NueBar.

  • Conditioner bars - also available from Hemp Collective and NueBar.

  • Face and body bars - The White Pigeon Said, Urthly Organics, NueBar.

Soap Savers are those handy little bags you can hang on your tap to use up the last bits of your soap bar. A great product saving idea, and they’re available from Us and the Earth, Urthly Organics and NueBar.

5) Break up with plastic

A growing number of brands refuse to package their products in plastic containers. Here are some for you to consider:

Images via Unsplash and Pexels.