Jan 12, 2016 at 2:27pm PST
1. SHAKE IT UP
‘Don’t throw away half-empty polish, even if it’s gloopy,’ says nail guru Marian Newman. ‘Mix together half-empty bottles to create a new colour. The shaking should thin it out – if not add a little base coat.’ Nailberry Oxygenated Nail Lacquer in Noirberry and Fashionista, £14.50 each, are ‘breathable’ and free from potentially harmful chemicals.
2. DUMP THE PUMP
Avoid pump bottles – you can never get to the bottom and the metal springs make them non-recyclable. There are many good brands in squeezies – try Balance Me Protect and Shine Shampoo and Conditioner, £10 each, you can get out every last drop.
3. MAKE A MICRO CHANGE
Did you know there’s an app that detects if your face scrub has plastic micro-beads in? (Micro-beads are so tiny they escape the sewage systems and wind up in the oceans, upsetting the fish.) ‘Beat the Micro Bead’ scans your product and lets you know if it’s free of plastic beads. Sukin Revitalising Facial Scrub, £7.99 passes the test.
4. GET IN THE TUB
Bath selfies are the new thing. Everyone from FKA twigs to Miley Cyrus and even Ricky Gervais are taking them. On average, baths use up less H20 than power showers, so get soaking and then get snapping.
5. RECYCLE THAT POT
Think you’ve finished a product? Think again about how you can reuse it. Molton Brown Vintage 2015 With Elderflower Candle, £36, makes the most beautiful pencil pot, and Origins Three Part Harmony Nourishing Cream, £60, can be returned to the counter to be recycled.
6. DITCH THE FOILS
Hair foils can only be recycled if the chemicals have been rinsed off them properly first. Make sure your salon does, or if you want to avoid using them, Luke Hersheson recommends balayage. The colour is painted on by hand, foil-free, and the result looks way more natural than streaks.
7. USE LESS PRODUCT
Minimise your carbon footprint as well as your bathroom shelf with a multitasker like coconut oil. Suki Waterhouse reportedly uses it on her face, Miranda Kerr slathers it on her hair and Emma Stone mixes it up as a hand cream. Try Vita Coco Coconut Oil, £7.99.
8. KEEP IT DRY
You know that guilty feeling you get when you use an aerosol? For dry shampoo addicts, there is a solution: Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo, £4.25. Sprinkle the powder over your parting and massage in with your fingers. It’s great for finer hair as it adds mega volume, and you save on water too.
9. MAKE IT TO THE END
Research from skincare brand ROC has revealed that women aged between 20 and 65 in the UK waste £400 million on unfinished beauty products every year! Don’t give up on that last bit of your favourite lip gloss. The clever Universal Lip Gloss Scoop & Applicator from Swoon, £10, may look scarily like something out of CSI, but the flexible head and extra-long applicator neck mean it can extract every last remnant. And don’t just use it on your lip glosses – it can scrape out the remains of most containers.
10. WIPE IT OUT
Speed through a packet of cotton pads a week? Feel like you’re literally chucking money away? Invest in the new Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Cloth, £6 for two. It goes in the wash, not the bin.
Convinced that eco friendly is the way forward? Overhaul your bathroom shelf with organic products recommended especially for your skin over at our sister beauty site Powder.