Countries and companies in the 20th century have been working tirelessly to reduce their carbon footprint on the planet. And while a collective measure like such will have a huge impact, we have to do our part on an individual level too.

Beauty products, and the packaging they come in, can drastically affect the ecosystem around you. Pile on a couple of negligent habits on your part and your individual carbon footprint can shock you if put on paper.

But don’t feel disheartened! The fact that you are reading this means that you are ready to take the plunge and work towards cleaning up your beauty routine. Let’s start with hair care. Here are 5 ways you can reduce your hair care routine’s carbon footprint!

 

Do a label check

Do a label check

Always do a label check before buying a new hair product. You can also run your existing products through the test. Hair products come packed with ingredients that can be harmful to you and the environment's health. Make sure you scan the list and check for the presence of phthalates, mercury, toluene, lead, formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, parabens (hormone-disturbing preservatives), or BHAs. Also, make sure you are not buying a product that’s nearing its expiry date to avoid wastage.

 

Watch out for how much resources you use

Watch out for how much resources you use

Haircare can put a considerable amount of strain on the resources around you. The amount of water you use to wash it and the electricity used to style it is just the tip of the iceberg. Avoid washing your hair under an open tap and try new heatless styling hacks.

A good way to considerably cut down on your water usage is to look for fast-rinse products that are easy to wash off. This is especially true for conditioners that can take too long to be completely washed off. The Love Beauty & Planet Coconut Water and Mimosa Flower Aroma Volume and Bounty Conditioner is formulated with a fast-rinse technology that gives you superior conditioning while being able to help save some water with every shower.

You can also add more intervals between two hair washes. Stick to shampooing your hair every three days. If your scalp tends to get oily a lot, juts touch up with some dry shampoo.

 

Upcycle and reuse

Upcycle and reuse

All the empty shampoo and conditioner bottles end up in landfills since they cannot be recycled on account of already being exposed to chemicals. Upcycle your empty containers into crafty projects around the house. Reuse your head towels for multiple uses before chucking it in the washer. You can also look for biodegradable packaged products to replace plastic bottles. The Love Beauty & Planet Tea Tree and Vetiver Aroma Radical Refresher Shampoo is packaged with 100% recycled plastic and is free of silicone, sulfate and other baddies.

 

Consider natural and organic options

Consider natural and organic options

While you might pick ingredients that are safe for your skin (paraben-free, silicone-free, etc.), how many of you’ll actually consider the safety of the environment too? I bet very few. Pledge to use environmental-friendly products going forward. Natural, organic or vegan hair care products are more than just a marketing gimmick. The raw materials, processes and packaging used in these products do not harm the earth. Plus they’re also super beneficial for your skin and hair.

 

Try DIY alternatives

Try DIY alternatives

There is a reason why DIY has grown in popularity among lovers of clean beauty. Take to DIY recipes and replace your hair washes with homemade shampoo bars. Switch up hair masks with kitchen ingredients mix that can be equally effective. Non-toxic and biodegradable at-home hair products go a long way in optimizing your hair habits.