Choose bar soap rather than body wash. No need for a plastic bottle! It requires minimal packaging and does not require detergents or foaming agents. I recommend buying from a local artisan soap maker or go on Etsy and stock up. Make sure that they use essential oils rather than synthetic fragrance.
Avoid plastic packaging. So much of it ends up in the landfill and it comes from petroleum, an industry riddled with environmental offenses. Sometimes you can find a company that uses corn or post-consumer plastic which is better but not ideal. Look for glass, aluminum, and post-consumer paper packaging.
Buy certified organic or look for certified ingredients on the label. This will mean that the plant extracts contained in the bottle were grown without the use of pesticides. Also, organic ingredients contain up to 30% higher levels of antioxidants – great for your skin!
Avoid petrochemicals. Not sure what that is? Hint: most of the major companies use them. Buy from smaller companies at stores that you trust for providing healthy products – health food stores and eco boutiques are the best choice.
Tone down on the products. What’s better than buying eco-friendly packaging and ingredients? Buying no product at all. You probably don’t need 30 different nail polishes. Keep it simple.
Avoid botanical ingredients that come from endangered trees such as rosewood and sandalwood or from unethical harvesting practices such as palm oil.
Get rid of the chemical, industrial-strength cleaners. You are not meant to have these toxins in your lives. Use vinegar, baking soda and antiseptic essential oils and high quality cleaning tools. The Ecoholic, Adria Vasil just wrote a great article on the anti-bacterial properties of vinegar if you’re not convinced.