If there’s anything as important as self-care, it’s caring for the planet! As we’re coming up to Earth Day on the 22nd of April, we thought we’d share some tips on how to make eco-friendly changes in your day to day life. 

What is Earth Day?

Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970, as a way to raise awareness of environmental issues worldwide. With ongoing issues like climate change and deforestation on almost everyone’s minds, the entirety of April is now recognised as Earth Month. 
There are tons of ways to get involved with the movement - whether you’re planning on doing a fundraiser, a beach clean, or simply just cutting down on your environmental impact, it all helps!

Our commitment to the earth

At Bubu, we’re always looking for ways to cut down our impact on the planet. 
We’ve supported planting trees with companies like Treeapp, which lets you choose a reforestation project and plant a tree with just a quick tap of your screen. This is funded by companies like Bubu passionate who are about the environment! On the app, you can also track your impact and carbon footprint as you help to plant trees. If you’re able to plant just four trees a week, you’ll actually offset the average carbon output of an EU citizen, pretty cool right? 
So, how do we cut down our carbon footprint?
We’re super proud of our eco-friendly face mask formulas. They’re made from a hydrogel base that quickly dissolves in water and ingredients that leave no residual harm. The glitter we use in our bath bombs and masks is naturally occurring mica, so you don’t need to worry about any nasty plastic particles being washed down the drain.
But that’s not all! Our postal boxes are now printed with vegetable ink and are fully recyclable, so you can just pop them straight into your recycling box!

Go green with these ethical beauty brands

We’re not only championing sustainability with our own products. We’re also proud to offer a whole host of other ethical beauty brands right here at Bubu. If you’re on the search for beauty brands that care about the planet, take a look at these eco-friendly brands that you can find at our store:

White Rabbit Skincare

If you love supporting independent and innovative businesses, then you’ll love White Rabbit Skincare. Their plant-based formulas are made right here in Britain and are certified palm oil free. What’s more, the gorgeous bamboo packaging can be reused to store bits and bobs (which we’ll get onto later!).

Kind Natured

As you might have guessed by the name, Kind Natured offers a wide selection of body lotions, face washes, and moisturisers made with ethical and naturally sourced ingredients. Committed to cutting down their environmental impact, all Kind Natured bottles are fully recyclable.

Faith in Nature

Founded in 1974, Faith in Nature uses 99-100% natural ingredients to create their vegan and cruelty-free formulas. Every bottle is made from recycled plastic, which you can put straight into your recycling bin once you’re done with it. Oh, and they’ve also switched their factories over to sustainable biomass energy!

Small steps make a big impact

When it comes to protecting our planet, every little helps. You don’t need to give up all your home comforts and go completely off-grid in the wilderness - small changes in your lifestyle can make all the difference. Here are just a few ways you can make a difference:

Ditch your plastic toothbrush

While plastic waste has reduced considerably in the past few years, we’ve still got a long way to go. If you’re trying to find ways to cut down on your own plastic use, why not switch your standard toothbrush for a bamboo one? Some species of bamboo can grow up to 36 inches within 24 hours, making it one of the most sustainable materials around.

Reuse (or refill) your cosmetic jars

Lots of cosmetics come in glass or tin jars, which can be reused as candle holders or mini succulent planters once you’re finished with them. Some brands even allow you to buy refill packets of product, so you can keep using the same jar. 
As we mentioned earlier, these White Rabbit jars are perfect for popping a mini plant in! If you’re looking for some inspo on how to reuse your jars, you’ll find plenty of great ideas on Pinterest!

Donate to charity shops

Been given a gift that you don’t really like, or a cosmetic range not suited to your skin type? Don’t just ditch them in the trash, find a local community group to give to or donate to your local charity shop. 

Try to eat locally sourced foods

While shopping, keep an eye out for fruits and vegetables that are grown in your country, or as close as possible when they are available. This is a seasonal process that helps minimise waste and keeps your diet varied!

Bathe less!

Ok, so we’re not exactly suggesting that you stop bathing entirely. But, if you’ve got the option of a shower in your bathroom, try cutting down the number of baths you have in the week. A quick five or ten minute shower in the morning will leave you just as squeaky clean, but you’ll end up using way less water. Just switching one bath out for a shower can make a difference. 
Really, all small adaptations lead to improved impacts on our lifestyle and our planet!
Have you made any eco-friendly changes to your lifestyle recently? Let us know in the comments below!
April 21, 2021 — Derma Babe Hannah

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