Every year, we’re told to use January as the stepping stone to better ourselves and make dramatic life changes – lose weight, move house, get a better job. In reality, this ‘encouragement’ does little more than make us feel bad about the lives we lead.
But what about if you were encouraged to make small, realistic changes to your life, that would have a much better impact on the world around you? Forget about turning your life around or losing a stone in the next two weeks – we say that real change lies in small daily changes.
If one of your resolutions is to be more sustainable, and mindful of the world around you, then a great way to start is with your beauty regime. No need to throw out all of your products and start from scratch – we’re here to guide you through with some simple swaps that are easy to maintain in the longer term. A change that really makes a difference, both to your body and to the world around you.
OUT: Face wipes
IN: Konjac sponges
Single-use face wipes are a huge factor in environmental damage, clogging up our drains and ending up on our beaches (and even producing ‘fatbergs’ – yuck!). Not only that, but face wipes are ineffective at removing makeup and debris from the skin, and they’re pretty expensive too – working out on average at 14p per wipe.
Making the swap to a konjac sponge is a sustainable way to maintain your cleansing regime, and it’s much better for both your skin and the environment. The natural konjac is completely biodegradable, and it’s so gentle that it can be used on every type of skin, even the most sensitive. Plus, a konjac sponge is a very budget-friendly way to look after your skin – our KOHA beauty konjac sponge works out at just 0.08p per use!
OUT: Plastic toothbrushes
IN: Bamboo toothbrushes
Plastic toothbrushes are commonplace in almost every bathroom in Britain, but we’re predicting a big shift in 2020. A plastic toothbrush might be good for your teeth, but they’re terrible for the environment; did you know that a plastic toothbrush will take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade?
A simple switch you can make is swapping the plastic for bamboo. Our bamboo toothbrushes are just as effective as your traditional toothbrush, with a lightweight, ergonomic handle (and a children’s size for little hands!), and BPA-free soft nylon bristles, which are super hygienic. The brush is naturally antibacterial, and when it’s done, you can simply pluck out the bristles and then bury the bamboo in your back garden, for it to deteriorate naturally.
OUT: Bottled shampoo and conditioner
IN: Shampoo and conditioner bars
A really interesting change to make to your beauty routine is to swap your haircare products. We’re willing to bet that you’ve been using bottled shampoo and conditioner forever, without a passing thought – so why not make a simple change and swap them for an eco-friendlier alternative?
Our solid shampoo and conditioner bars generate absolutely no plastic waste, which is brilliant for the environment. They come in a cardboard sleeve, which is 100% recyclable, and then you use the bars until they’re gone. They last for weeks on end, and can be used to deeply cleanse all hair types, in a gentle and effective way.
OUT: Shower gel
IN: Cold-processed soaps
Much like your bottled shampoo and conditioner, you probably use a bottled shower gel every single day. Bars of soap have declined in popularity in the past decade or so, but thankfully for your skin and for the environment, they’re back with a bang! For a completely sustainable and environmentally-friendly way to care for your skin, swap out the shower gel for a natural cold-processed soap instead.
We offer a range of six soaps, all catering to different skin types and requirements, to help smooth, soften, rebalance and relax your skin, from top to toe. Using ingredients ranging from active charcoal to shea butter, pink French clay to dead sea mud, our soaps are incredibly gentle and suitable for use on all skin types, and can be used all over the body. No waste, no problem – and a seriously simple change to make to your beauty regime.
It's the small changes that make the biggest difference.