The time of year when you reflect and set new goals for the months ahead is almost here. New Year's resolutions can be a way to help you improve your life and even the world around you. You can implement simple things into your daily routine that are beneficial, like using sustainable and eco-friendly body wash.
Going green may be the trend in recent years, but it doesn't only help the planet. When you use products that are good for the environment, you may also be helping your skin. There are many extended benefits when you go the eco-friendly route. We are going to go over why using sustainable body wash should be one of your New Years' resolutions.
Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Products
Brands are under more pressure now more than ever to adhere to ethical and ecologically sound manufacturing practices as consumers become more aware of their impact on the environment. Environmentally friendly products are classified in a variety of ways. Generally, eco-friendly means something has little or no harmful effect on the environment.
These products are often made using packaging produced with natural raw materials. Packaging materials must fit into one of three categories in order to be considered eco-friendly. It has to be reused, recycled, or biodegradable. When a product is made using safe and biodegradable packaging, it is referred to as green.
Other sustainable products have packaging that is made with recyclable materials or from already recycled items. Natural rubber, recycled polyester, and organic cotton are all examples of common alternatives to synthetic materials. Finding truly environmentally-friendly products requires some research, comparison shopping, and careful consideration of the environmental advantages and disadvantages.
Sustainable Body Washes
Various body washes are eco-friendly and made with sustainable and recyclable packaging. At Spongellé, our body washes come in pump bottles that can be refilled and reused. Here are some options to add to your shower routine.
Bulgarian Rose Body Wash
Spongellé's Bulgarian Rose Body Wash has the scents of jasmine and rose, as well as soft woody notes. The fragrances give you an at-home spa experience. The body wash allows you to cleanse, exfoliate, and nourish your skin.
Coconut Verbena Body Wash
Coconut Verbena Body Wash is packed with essential vitamins and nutrients your skin needs. Glycerin is a humectant, which helps you retain moisture and relieves dry skin.
Amino Acids also aid in skin restoration and provide hydration. We use pro-vitamin B5 to stabilize your skin's natural barrier. It's also free of sulfates, parabens, gluten, and harsh solvents that aren't eco-friendly or good for your body.
Beach Grass Body Wash
Beach Grass Body Wash is a luxurious, creamy shower gel. It delivers a moisturizing cleanse with the same combination of amino acids, glycerin, and pro-vitamin B5 in our other body washes. It will soothe and nurture your skin's natural barrier.
All of Spongellé's body washes have these ingredients that can help your skin. Protecting your skin is crucial. Each layer of your skin has a specific purpose for safeguarding your body. The stratum corneum, the uppermost layer, contains keratin and natural moisturizers. The lipid layer of your skin is made up of ceramides, fatty acids, and cholesterol.
Without your skin's natural barrier, poisons and pathogens from the environment might infiltrate your body, leading to an infection. Your body's water would also evaporate if you didn't have a skin barrier, leaving you dehydrated. Essential for optimal health, you must protect your skin barrier. Using products good for your skin is good for your overall health.
Benefits of Choosing Eco-Friendly Products
Clean products are what more and more people are looking for and for a good reason. There are several benefits to choosing eco-friendly products.
Better for Your Health
You can't find toxic ingredients, parabens, petroleum, or synthetics in eco-friendly products. When you use products made with harmful components, you can be encouraging premature aging and unhealthy skin. There have even been beauty products with ingredients that have been linked to cancer.
An environmental group has discovered a carcinogen called 1,4-dioxane in 28% of all personal care products. This harmful ingredient was also in products labeled as "natural." It is difficult to say how much product your skin absorbs, but you don't want to risk your health for a product.
Good for the Planet
Eco-friendly beauty brands are better for our planet. Sustainability is defined as the capacity to persist for a long period of time while causing little or no environmental harm. When you use harsh chemicals, you may also be putting animals and plants in harm's way.
Environmental harm also occurs during the extraction of several skincare products. Mining for lead and aluminum produces a lot of pollutants. These substances cannot be found in green cosmetics. They only use ingredients they can get without harming the environment.
Better for the Animals
Beauty items have been routinely tested on animals in the past. Even the most well-known corporations continue to use animal experimentation, despite the mounting pressure to use other methods. Vegan and cruelty-free products are not tested on animals. You support animals by purchasing from companies that choose not to rely on animal testing.
Nutritional ingredients can improve your skin, nails, and hair, but they are also lacking from commercial products. Many chemical-heavy products just cover up the problems rather than really solving the issue.
There are several advantages to using natural beauty products since many sustainable goods include vitamin C, E, and A. They also often contain other nutrients. These vitamins help combat free radicals, diminish fine wrinkles, and restore your skin and nails at the cellular level.
Importance of Transparency
Sustainable brands are committed to creating products that are healthy for you, good for the earth, and free of animal testing. If these are things you care about, you should try to find out whether the company you are purchasing from is vegan-friendly, sustainable, and cruelty-free. You can check by looking around on the website. If you can't find anything mentioned anywhere, you should probably purchase from a different brand.
Upcycling Your Products
There are a lot of different terms when it comes to sustainability. There is upcycling, recycling, and downcycling. These things may seem like they all mean the same, but they have different definitions.
Recycling is the act of reusing resources that would otherwise go to waste. A closed-loop recycling system is possible in some circumstances when an item is recycled and then recycled again. Recycled glass is an excellent example of a genuinely closed-loop recycling process.
The problem is that the majority of materials can't be recycled in a completely closed loop. "Upcycled" or "Downcycled" items are the majority of recycled products. These terms refer to the process of recycling that results in a higher or lower-quality new product.
Downcycling means the new product's quality and worth aren’t as valuable as the original item. For example, tissue paper, toilet paper, and other low-value paper products may be made from recycled office paper.
In most industrial recycling operations, the process of breaking down the item into its raw ingredients leads to the degradation of those raw materials. After something has been downcycled, it can no longer be considered the same as the high-quality product it was before. You can also downcycle so many times before the materials become unusable.
Upcycling is when you use old materials and turn them into something new. The upcycling movement was born out of people becoming more aware of the amount of garbage society creates. For some, upcycling has become a creative outlet for people who are concerned about reducing waste. You can upcycle a wide range of goods and procedures, as well as a wide range of materials.
Here are ways to upcycle your Spongellé products!
Once you're done with our sponges, they can be great for crafting. You can use them for painting or texturizing. There are a lot of things you can do. It just takes a little imagination!
A number of sprouts, like lima seeds, can flourish in a soil-less sponge greenhouse. You just have to soak your seeds overnight and place them in the pores of your damp sponge. Next, cover the sponge with a bowl and mist the inside with water every few days. The seeds should sprout within a few days.
A sponge can make an excellent ice pack. You soak the sponge in water and place it in the freezer. When you need to keep something cold, throw a few frozen sponges.
Use your old body wash bottles for dispensing other things. You can put your dish soap in them or even hand sanitizer.
Eco-Friendly Is the Way To Go
Choosing eco-friendly products is the best thing you can do for the environment and yourself. Look for products made with natural minerals and vitamins to nourish your skin. You also want to consider how you can upcycle, recycle, or downcycle the packaging of your beauty products. Spongellé offers a wide range of eco-friendly products so you can start your New Year off right!
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