When it comes to being eco you can drive yourself crazy thinking about all the horrible things that happen when you support behavior that isn’t eco-friendly. Here’s the gist of it: synthetic materials don’t biodegrade, which is why they’re found in oceans, landfills, and even in the digestive tracts of living organisms throughout our environment. Those living organisms include humans because the chemicals in the fabrics we wear and the skincare products we use can penetrate into our skin – and get absorbed by our bodies. This is especially true when we sweat, so be extra careful about what you wear and what you put on your skin when you go workout… unless you want petroleum by-products absorbed by your body!
I’m the first to say I could never go all eco. I have a similar philosophy with beauty as I do with my diet (I try to follow the vegetarian/vegan before 6 routine). I’m always going to use my chemical-filled acne-fighters and foundation, but it’s so easy to pepper your routine with natural products, especially when it comes to body care.
Case and point Pangea Organics, which you might remember from over a decade ago when they came out with this awesome product packaging that was so eco you could plant it in your garden and it would grow into a plant! Now their organic, all-natural range of products made from ingredients sourced globally from plants is back! Everything is made locally in Boulder, Colorado and their products are free from sulfates, parabens, silicones, and GMOs. I’m too worried about my sensitive skin to use their skincare, but their body products are awesome. Do note their scents tend to be more earthy than the flowery scents you might be used to.
To celebrate Earth Day Pangea has joined forces with One Tree Planted to reforest 100 acres in the Fourmile Canyon Fire burn area. They’ve purchased 20,000 native trees to be re-planted in the devastated mountain area!
Another brand that should be on your radar is SheaMoisture. The eco-friendly, cruelty-free, and nontoxic line has a long list of products, including haircare. 10% of the sales from each of the brand’s collections goes to support women’s empowerment in three areas — entrepreneurship, education, and equity. For example, the brand invests in women’s shea butter cooperatives in Northern Ghana.
As for their products, they’ve got literally hundreds, all of which are free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, paraffin, gluten, propylene glycol, DEA, silicones, mineral oil, petroleum, synthetic fragrance, and artificial color. They have a long list of scents and the prices are wallet-friendly.