24/09/2020

Truly ethical and sustainable beauty brands aren’t easy to find. Can Jessica Jones go a whole year without using anything else?

In 2020 I will be pledging to become more conscious of the products I purchase and how they are sourced. Like most of us, I am guilty of buying unsustainable products: I use a lot of toiletries and cosmetic products like perfume, makeup and hair serums. I will try to choose products that are made purely from natural ingredients, and ones which have certifications to support their natural beauty claims. Using natural ingredients is crucial in preventing toxic chemicals found in beauty and care products, some of them carcinogenic, from seeping into our environments ecosystems and into our bodies.
The beauty and personal care industry has had immense impacts on the environment but recently, with increased awareness of the issues, measures have been taken to combat these. For example, in June 2018, the UK governments ban on microbeads came into effect and a ban on cotton buds is set to follow in April 2020. 
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Whilst this is a good start, it is not enough. Microbeads are one small part of a much larger issue: the excessive consumerism of beauty and personal care products leading to vast amounts of wastage and toxic pollution. Other damages include plastic packaging with limited recyclability, the carbon footprint of transporting cosmetic goods, harmful toxins in products that are washed down the drain into marine environments, the water wastage in manufacturing processes, and the use of palm oil. 
I want to buy from brands that produce sustainably from the offset, in both interior content as well as their packaging. Companies like Wearth sell glass large glass bottles to dispense bulk-bought or homemade shampoo and conditioner and LUSH offer zero-impact packaging products like shampoo bars which claim to reduce your carbon footprint: one lorry load of shampoo bars delivers the same amount of hair washes as fifteen lorries of liquid shampoo. I will try to ensure that any plastic or material packaging that I do buy is fully recyclable.
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1/7 Jane Scrivner: Skinfoliate
With active AHAs and BHAs, this gentle exfoliator helps to balance the pH acidity of the skin while revealing softer, rejuvenated skin. Showcase x The Independent: The Vegan Edit here
2/7 Evolve: Daily Renew Facial Cream
See how Hertfordshire-based brand Evolve harnesses natural ingredients with Daily Renew Facial Cream, packed with rich argan oil and hyaluronic acid. Showcase x The Independent: The Vegan Edit here
3/7 Neom: Perfect Night’s Sleep Pillow Mist
A blend of 14 essential oils make up this calming, lavender-scented spray from cult wellness brand Neom. Bedtime just got that little bit better.Showcase x The Independent: The Vegan Edit here
4/7 Lumity: Anti-Ageing Skin Nutrients Facial Oil
Beloved among celebrities, Lumity is the supplement and facial oil brand created to help your skin glow. This product boasting 32 botanical oils and extracts is designed to promote collagen synthesis. Showcase x The Independent: The Vegan Edit here
5/7 Grown Alchemist: Travel Essentials Kit
Jet set in style with this kit from certified organic brand Grown Alchemist, containing 50ml bottles of body cleanser, body cream, shampoo and conditioner.Showcase x The Independent: The Vegan Edit here
6/7 Swiss Clinic: Teeth Whitening System
Swiss Clinic has the mission to bring professional services to the home and this teeth whitening kit containing two mouth trays and three tubes of bleaching gel, worth £59 is a case in point.Showcase x The Independent: The Vegan Edit here
7/7 Jane Scrivner: Over Oil Cream (sample)
Combat dehydrated skin with Jane Scrivner’s Over Oil Cream, created to be used over your oils and serums or just as a moisturiser.Showcase x The Independent: The Vegan Edit here
1/7 Jane Scrivner: Skinfoliate
With active AHAs and BHAs, this gentle exfoliator helps to balance the pH acidity of the skin while revealing softer, rejuvenated skin. Showcase x The Independent: The Vegan Edit here
2/7 Evolve: Daily Renew Facial Cream
See how Hertfordshire-based brand Evolve harnesses natural ingredients with Daily Renew Facial Cream, packed with rich argan oil and hyaluronic acid. Showcase x The Independent: The Vegan Edit here
3/7 Neom: Perfect Night’s Sleep Pillow Mist
A blend of 14 essential oils make up this calming, lavender-scented spray from cult wellness brand Neom. Bedtime just got that little bit better.Showcase x The Independent: The Vegan Edit here
4/7 Lumity: Anti-Ageing Skin Nutrients Facial Oil
Beloved among celebrities, Lumity is the supplement and facial oil brand created to help your skin glow. This product boasting 32 botanical oils and extracts is designed to promote collagen synthesis. Showcase x The Independent: The Vegan Edit here
5/7 Grown Alchemist: Travel Essentials Kit
Jet set in style with this kit from certified organic brand Grown Alchemist, containing 50ml bottles of body cleanser, body cream, shampoo and conditioner.Showcase x The Independent: The Vegan Edit here
6/7 Swiss Clinic: Teeth Whitening System
Swiss Clinic has the mission to bring professional services to the home and this teeth whitening kit containing two mouth trays and three tubes of bleaching gel, worth £59 is a case in point.Showcase x The Independent: The Vegan Edit here
7/7 Jane Scrivner: Over Oil Cream (sample)
Combat dehydrated skin with Jane Scrivner’s Over Oil Cream, created to be used over your oils and serums or just as a moisturiser.Showcase x The Independent: The Vegan Edit here
This pledge will present some challenges for me in several ways. I have only recently started to consider what is really in the products I buy and how they affect the environment. I am not used to reading ingredient lists, let alone understanding what most of the chemicals actually are. Finding affordable alternatives (on a student budget!) that do not sacrifice sustainability or quality might prove difficult, especially as there are certain products that I use daily that I love. But homemade alternatives to products like body and lip scrubs, are a good way of saving money, whilst also using more simple and natural ingredients.