The black girl’s guide to zero waste

We take a look at beauty products that show love to your body and the planet

International media is focusing more and more on the fact that consumerism is having a detrimental effect on the environment; with more people becoming aware of the purchases they are making & what their products are wrapped in. Going zero waste doesn’t mean you have to compromise on your hair and beauty regimes. To make it just that bit easier to transition, we have found the perfect products to start you off on your journey.

1. Anita Grant, Babassu Shampoo Bar, £6.20

This may look basic but there is definitely nothing basic about the results it gives. It is vital that we steer away from shampoos that strip the hair so the babassu oil is the perfect addition to your wash days. It comes packaged in a recyclable card box meaning no more empty shampoo bottles filling up your shelves or our landfill sites!

2. Jim & Henry, ‘Five’ Hair Oil, £11

This no nonsense hair oil is aptly named ‘Five’ given the fact that it contains only five natural ingredients to look after your hair. Once you’ve finished, and before you rush off to purchase another bottle (believe us, you will!), pop your empty one in your recycle bin as the plastic bottle and the cap are completely recyclable. A huge win for your hair and a huge win for the environment.

3. Shea Butter Cottage, African Black Soap Chunks, from £4.00

African black soap has long been the holy grail for black skin and this Ghana derived option is a personal favourite of our digital editor Vanessa. A little chunk of soap goes a very long way and is gentle yet effective enough for facial use. It is ideal for skin that suffers from spots and blemishes and comes bagged in a fully recyclable paper bag. If you buy one of the bigger options, you’ll have soap to last you until the end of the year meaning more money for your pocket.

4. Valley Mist Lip Balm, £9.99

Say bye to plastic lip balm pots and hello to biodegradable cardboard lip balm tubes. The freezing weather is here so investing in a completely natural and moisturising lip balm is a necessity. Once you’re finished with it, pop it into your recycle bin. Don’t let the self titled no frills packaging fool you. This lip balm is packed with nourishing and weather proof ingredients such as cocoa seed butter and mango seed butter.

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