Skin Care Guides

Earth Day Guide to Sustainable Beauty

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Happy Earth Day, everyone! 🌍 On this day, every year, we get to give thanks to our home planet by demonstrating our support for environmental protection. There are several ways to celebrate Earth Day, including helping with a community clean-up, planting and our personal favourite pledge—vowing to use more eco-friendly products!

So today, in honour of Earth Day, we're proud to share with you this guide to sustainable beauty. In it, you will find a list of organizations to support, tips on how to make sustainable beauty swaps and some friendly beauty brands that will help you become an Earth warrior!

Remember, there is no planet B! Let's love and care for our home today, tomorrow and every day after that. 💚

Organizations to Support

Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics Charity Pot Program

Charitable giving is at the heart of the Lush business. Lush advocates for the environment, animals, and people in need and gives back to organizations locally and worldwide. Lush does this through their Charity Pot program, ethical campaigns and people. Lush's Charity Pot Partners include:

You can support the Lush Charity Pot Program by purchasing the Charity Pot Body Lotion, as 100% of its purchase will be donated to such grassroots organizations.

David Suzuki Foundation

Founded in 1990, the David Suzuki Foundation is a national, bilingual, non-profit organization headquartered in Vancouver, with offices in Toronto and Montreal. Through evidence-based research, education and policy analysis, they conserve and protect the natural environment and help create a sustainable Canada. They regularly collaborate with non-profit and community organizations, all levels of government, businesses and individuals.

Oceana

Oceana, founded in 2001, is the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation. Oceana offices worldwide work together to win strategic, directed campaigns that achieve measurable outcomes that will help make our oceans more biodiverse and abundant.

Earth Justice

Earthjustice is the premier non-profit public interest environmental law organization. They wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people's health, preserve magnificent places and wildlife, advance clean energy, and combat climate change.

We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

The Rainforest Alliance

Since 1987, the Rainforest Alliance has built a global alliance of people who share their vision of a world where people and nature thrive in harmony. Today, the Rainforest Alliance works in more than 70 countries around the world to protect forests, improve the livelihoods of farmers and forest communities, promote their human rights, and help them mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis.

The Rainforest Alliance seal promotes collective action for people and nature. It amplifies and reinforces the beneficial impacts of responsible choices, from farms and forests all the way to the supermarket check-out.

Sustainable Swaps

Face

Reach for sustainability over convenience by trying a solid facial cleanser if you're not currently using one! Bar soaps can be just as, if not more effective, as your regular pump gels and creams.

Show your Earth Day support by buying from local businesses such as Skwalwen Botanicals who craft brilliant sustainable products like their Tweín'xw Cranberry Facial Bar.

Body

Switch it up from your regularly packaged body lotion to a solid body lotion bar! Circle back to Lush's Charity Pot Body Lotion because this lotion is available in a naked option too! The Charity Pot Naked Body Lotion is the mini packaging-free alternative to the original.

Made with Fair Trade butters to moisturize and nourish, fresh aloe gel to soothe and moringa oil to help boost your skin with antioxidants. For how to use, simply melt it into your hands, directly onto the skin, then rub it all over!

Hair

Did you know that you can get zero-waste solid shampoo and conditioner bars? Cosmetics maker Unwrapped Life specializes in crafting solid haircare. Their most popular hair care product is the Healer Shampoo & Conditioner Duo.

As a bonus, Unwrapped Life supports Earth Day by partnering with Plastic Bank as a part of their ongoing commitment to eliminating plastic pollution plaguing our planet.

Eco-Friendly Brands To Discover

Big Brands

The Detox Market

This retailer is committed to carrying the best in green beauty. Many brands carried by the retailer already focus on sustainability as their core values. Their in-house brand, the Detox Mode, is doing great work as well. For every product sold from the line, one tree is planted.

Lush

Lush products are 100% vegetarian, 80% vegan, cruelty-free, ethically sourced and handmade! They specialize in sustainable bath and body products, have an impressive skin care line that includes naked skin care options, and have even invented the modern solid shampoo bar! They're champions of making a global cosmetics revolution by making an impact through their activism!

Nordstorm

Just in time for Earth Day, Nordstrom has announced several initiatives focusing on sustainability, including a pop-up collaboration with Package Free. When it comes to beauty, they've also partnered with Terracycle to recycle beauty waste and packaging in all retail locations in both the United States and Canada.

Credo Beauty

Did you know you can collect points when you recycle at Credo? Even if you didn't purchase the product from Credo, you could still do your (small) part to reduce plastic waste.

Credo is proud to partner with TerraCycle, an environmentally friendly recycling program, where we'll reward you with 10 Credo Reward points* for every full-size personal care/beauty product recycled at a Credo store.

Indie

Cocokind

Cocokind formulas are waterless and use nutrient or vitamin-rich alternatives, like fruit and vegetal waters, steamed right out of plants. Their Resurfacing Sleep Mask, which helps with a variety of skincare concerns like uneven skin tone, texture and the appearance of dark spots.

Niawen

Hear about the brand from the founder, Tara -Tekahentakhwa:

Most importantly, I knew I had to create Niawen….A line that fuses the best of nature and science (for incredible results) with the sacred power of our traditions (and their proven healing effects). Our ancestors knew and used the spiritual healing medicinal uses of mother earth. We are honored to bring you a Native American herbal legacy that live on thru each our products. To have you gathered here, and join us in holding the earth — conquer whatever is thrown at us — by taking part in the new tradition that is Niawen.

Golde

Golde was born in Brooklyn in 2017 in a 1-bedroom apartment. I teamed up with my partner, Issey, to launch Golde with a single product (the Original Turmeric Latte Blend!) Since then, we've grown to a small-but-mighty team and have shared our superfood essentials with thousands of supporters.

We've come a long way, but this is just the beginning. Thanks for joining us on this journey. - Trinity Mouzon Wofford, co-founder and CEO.
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