Our household has been reflecting a lot recently on our environmental impact. Images on the news and on social media frequently highlight the negative effect the human race has had, and is continuing to have on our poor planet. It's getting harder to ignore the problem, which I feel is a good thing. If we are to help our environment recover at all from the state we've brought it to, then we all need to take action now.
My family is making changes to do our bit, and so these habits are being carried with gusto into practices at Beso HQ.
I decided with all this thinking going on, I'd dig up a bit of information to share with you about the beauty industry and the environment and check that I was on track with my wee business in my efforts to become cleaner and greener.
My research has revealed some jaw dropping facts. Let's start with cosmetic garbage. Process this:
And how about chemicals leaking into our eco-system? Let’s see:
Now, let’s discuss a topical ingredient: palm oil.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, the chemical found in so many of our beauty products, the one responsible for producing the luscious lathery bubbles that we love so much. This nasty “has been linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity and skin irritation (https://www.livestrong.com/article/174367-dangers-of-sodium-lauryl-sulfate/)
Now that isn’t great news for our skin, but there’s another issue. This ingredient is derived from palm oil, 90% of which is extracted from trees in Malaysia and Indonesia. This is causing mass deforestation and destruction of habitats of endangered species such as tigers and orangutans. And while there are sustainable palm oil options, it’s hard to be sure you are making a responsible choice when the ingredient itself is disguised under a different name.
This is a lot to take in. But we have to think about it. All of it. Looking good, enjoying the luxuries presented so temptingly to us by the beauty industry, should not mean that our planet has to suffer.
Which brings us back to Beso. My research has made me question the eco-practices I use in my growing one-woman beauty business. And you know what? I’m not doing too badly at all. In fact, I’m quite proud of my efforts as a beauty eco-warrior. Here’s what I’m doing to help the environment so that my customers have the choice to do the same:
Typical packaging used around a commercial face lotion.
Not here at Beso though! Beso products come in reusable and refillable containers without the extra rubbish to deal with
(image sourced from https://www.stylist.co.uk/beautybeauty-products-eco-conscious-packaging183786)
I’m committed to making Beso the best it can be, but choose to adopt practices that mean I can also commit to protecting the environment. I’m doing the hard work to ensure my company is as eco friendly as possible so that you know you are making a clean green choice when you shop Beso for your beauty needs.
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