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Cruelty Free Christmas Present Ideas

12/12/2018

Today I have some cruelty free Christmas present ideas just in case you are still trying to find gifts for a loved one. All these products are also great to treat yourself with, as sometimes we need to look after ourselves too. Many of these products can be bought online, but you need to pay attention to what each website says about Christmas postage. Every store has a different last day for buying so that your items will arrive in time for Christmas. 

Cruelty free Christmas Present Ideas - Polish and Paws
Cruelty free Christmas present ideas

Makeup

Makeup is usually the easiest thing to buy for someone who loves cruelty free beauty. You should however stay away from complexion products like foundations and concealers, as they need to be an exact skin tone match and that is too hard to do when you don’t have the person there to test the products. I tend to buy eye products like neutral eyeshadows and eyeliners, pink or red lip products and beauty tools like makeup brushes the most as presents, as they are makeup staples and they will suit all skin colours and types. 

My favourite eyeliners are the Eye Of Horus Goddess Pencils ($30), I did a full review on them, but the Hourglass 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Liner ($26) and Marc Jacobs Beauty Fineliner Ultra Skinny Gel Eye Crayon ($36) are also great eyeliners. 

Eyeshadow palettes are a great cruelty free Christmas present for the beauty lover in your life. TheBalm Meet Matt(e) Nude, Meet Matt(e) Trimony and Meet Matt(e) Ador are 9 pan matte eyeshadow palettes with colours that everyone can find a way to use. TheBalm is available from the Beauty Next Website, David Jones, Target and Priceline. Designer Brands (an all vegan brand) have released a range of eye and face palettes for the holiday season. They have three new 9 pan eyeshadow palettes that are very affordable at only $14.99 each. There is Neutral With Neptune, Mauve on Mercury and Jump For Jupiter. If you’re buying for someone who likes natural makeup then Nourished Life has the Lily Lilo Iconic Eye Collection Set available ($67).

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Trimony eyeshadow palette
theBalm Meet Matt(e) Trimony eyeshadow palette

There are lots of lip products and beauty sets launched before Christmas as they are a popular Christmas present. Mecca Max (a fully vegan brand) has the 5 Minute Pocket Palette ($28) which comes in three shades and includes eye, cheek and lip products for doing makeup on the run. Mecca Max also has some mini Christmas sets like the Light The Night Prep And Set Duo ($32). Mecca Cosmetica, the other Mecca house brand, also has some cute makeup sets. I love all the sets that include the tinted Lip De-Luscious balms – The Tint Trio ($45), Glossy Glide Ornament ($32) and Pout Popper Cracker ($22). There are also sets that include their well loved highlighter and eyeshadow pots – On The Glow Signature Set ($70), Glisten and Glow Set ($100), Eyes So Bright Eyeshadow Duo ($50) and the Enlightened Ornament ($28). 

Another brand from Mecca that has lots of Christmas sets is Smashbox. My favourite set is the Holidaze Photo Finish Travel Primer Trio ($32) but they also have lip, mascara and eyeliner sets available. Hourglass Cosmetics have two limited edition lipstick sets out for the holidays, the Confession Lipstick Duo ($49) and the Confession Lipstick Set ($88). If you’re looking for a more affordable lip set then you could check out the Australis Goal Getter Lip Cream & Scrub Duo ($14.95). 

Cruelty free Christmas gift ideas
Happy wrapping

I will frequently buy makeup tools as presents for other beauty lovers as good makeup tools really make a difference with makeup application. My favourite makeup brush brand is Furless (affiliate), I have written lots of reviews on their brushes as they are so good. I tend to buy one of the Black, Purple or Pink makeup brush sets ($89.99) as they come with their own vegan leather travel case which makes them so easy to travel with. If you want to go big then there is the Professional Makeup Brush Set ($169.95) which contains 20 makeup brushes. 

Other brush brands that have sets that you can buy as a cruelty free Christmas present are Real Techniques and Eco Tools. Both brands are available at Priceline but you can also find Eco Tools at Big W, Flora and Fauna (affiliate) and the Eco Tools Australian website. Makeup sponges are also a great present as they need to be thrown out after three months of use for sanitary reasons, so makeup loves are always in need of more. Beauty Blender have various Christmas sets, which have sold out on the Sephora Website (affiliate) at the moment, but Sephora stores often have items in stock that aren’t on the website so it’s worth checking. There is the Sweet Indulgence Set ($95), Blender’s Delight Set ($60) and Sweet Surprise Set ($30), but a single Beauty Blender ($30) is a good gift too if you can’t find the sets. 

Beauty Blender Blender's Delight Set
Beauty Blender Blender’s Delight Set

Skincare

Skincare can be a hard present to buy for someone else, as you don’t know their skin like they do, however if you know the person loves trying new skincare items, then skincare can be a great present. I like getting skincare more than makeup, so my Christmas wish list was full of it this year. Mini skincare gift sets are a great present as a set is much more affordable than buying the products full size and it’s a great way to try each product to know if buying the full size is worthwhile in future. La Mav have three mini travel skincare sets ($24.95), Anti-ageing, Ultra-Hydration and Skin Brightening. I bought the Ultra-Hydration Travel Minis set for my recent trip overseas and I ended up buying some of the full size products when I got back. Flora and Fauna (affiliate), Nourished Life (affiliate) and the La Mav website all stock the brand but the La Mav website has a limited edition Christmas Brightening Kit ($89) and Nourished Life has a La Mav Hydra-Calm Cleansing Creme Gift ($35)  set which aren’t on the other sites. I have a full review on the La Mav Hydra-Calm Cleansing Creme and Anti-Dark Circle Eye Gel that you can check out. 

La Mav Ultra Hydration Travel Mini Set
La Mav Ultra Hydration Travel Mini Set

Trilogy is another brand that make great mini skincare sets that are great cruelty free Christmas presents. My picks are the Beauty Trio Celebration Set ($37.95), Brilliantly Boosted Deluxe Celebration Set ($52.95) and the Glow Up Celebration Set ($47.95). The Rosehip Skin Treats Mini Celebration Set is only $22.95 if you’re on a budget, and the cult classic Certified Organic Rosehip Oil 20ml is $25.95. Most of Trilogy’s products are great for sensitive skin, the only set I wouldn’t get for someone with sensitive skin would be the Brilliantly Boosted Set due to the Active Enzyme Cream, but everything else would work well. Priceline currently has a 4 piece Trilogy Skincare set which includes the Cream Cleanser, Vital Moisturising Cream, Certified Organic Rosehip Oil and Bamboo Facial Brush for $26.59, which is 30% off the RRP of $37.99. 

If you’re looking for something more expensive then check out the Mecca website or go to a Mecca Maxima or Mecca Cosmetica store. They have lots of Drunk Elephant skincare sets available including some limited edition Christmas sets – the Agent Elite Kit ($129), Rescue Party Kit ($110) and the Inspector Drunk Kit ($143). I got the Agent Elite Kit for Christmas as it has the full size of their C-Firma Day Serum which I know I like, but if the person you’re buying for hasn’t tried the brand then The Littles Set ($123) or the mini duo sets: Nightbright ($40), Rise + Glow ($33) , or Hit It Off Duo ($29) would be a good gift. The Hit It Off Duo would probably be the best for someone with sensitive skin. 

Trilogy Rosehip Celebration mini skincare set - cruelty free christmas gift - polish and paws blog
Trilogy Rosehip Celebration mini skincare set

Another set from Mecca that I asked for for Christmas is the Sunday Riley Power Couple ($124). It has their most well known items in it, Good Genes and Luna Sleeping Oil. This is a set that would be great for someone who already loves these products but it’s an expensive set to get for someone if they were to have problems tolerating either of the products in it. So just get it for someone you know loves these products or this brand. 

Mecca’s house brand, Mecca Cosmetica, has lots of Christmas sets available. Every year I buy myself the Daily Defenders Set ($28), as it contains the To Save Face SPF 50+ Sunscreen and Lip De-Luscious Balm with SPF 25 which are perfect to carry in my handbag during the Australian summer. The First Resort Kit ($50) is another sunscreen set or there is The Suite Life Set ($48) that contains their cleanser, moisturiser and plumping balm. 

The Body Shop has a large range of gift sets that include skincare, bath and body products as well as sets aimed at women and men. They have shower gel and body butter sets that are $12 if you need a stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift, as well as much larger gift sets. 

Both Flora and Fauna and Nourished Life (affiliates) sell various gift sets that they have curated as well as brand specific gift sets like the Black Chicken Remedies Allsorts Set ($104.30) which includes 12 products to try out. 

Cruelty free Christmas present ideas - Polish and Paws blog
Cruelty free Christmas present ideas

Nail Polish

If you are buying for someone who loves nail polish then you should really consider buying them an Australian Indie Nail Polish and they’re hand made and more unique than anything you will find in stores. Some of the Aussie Indie brands also stock cuticle care, hand care and general bath and  body products. My favourite Cuticle Oil comes from Emily de Molly and it would be a good stocking stuffer if you need one. I asked the Aussie Indie Polish brands to post their Christmas opening times and when the last day to order for Christmas delivery is in the Australian Indie Appreciation Society Facebook Group. You can check out the group for their opening times but the brands that gave definitive Christmas ordering cut off days are Bettie Pain Polish (order before the 14th to get orders before Christmas Day), Emily de Molly (order before the 15th), and Sayuri Nail Lacquer (order by 15th at the very latest). When Boxing Day gets closer, I will ask the brands to post their upcoming sales so you can figure out what you want to buy in advance. 

Keep calm and wrap on
Keep calm and wrap on

Eco Friendly

If you’re looking for something that is more environmentally friendly, then I have some ideas for you. Eye Of Horus Cosmetics have Bio Lipsticks which are vegan, have a great formula and they also come in biodegradable packaging, so they can go back to the earth when used up. I have a full review on them with swatches that you can check out. A new colour, Vesta Red, has just been launched for the holidays. There is a limited edition Vesta Goddess pack which contains 1 Bio Lipstick in Vesta Red, 1 Travel Sized Goddess Mascara and black mesh makeup purse for $45; and 10% from every pack sold in December will be donated to Red Dust charity (for indigenous women’s health in the Northern Territory). 

I only found out about Elate Cosmetics this year, but I wish I knew about them earlier. They make cruelty free and vegan cosmetics and use bamboo in their packaging to make their products sustainable. Flora and Fauna (affiliate) are the Australian stockists of the brand and there are some Elate Cosmetics gift sets available on the site at the moment. There are Lips and Lashes Kits ($107.95), a Liners, Lips and Lashes Kit ($139.95), and Capsule Beauty Boxes ($189.95), plus all of the individual products as well. Also available on Flora and Fauna are various mixed brand gift sets like the Flora and Fauna Jet Setter Gift Box ($58.45) which contains an Eco Max Travel Body Brush, Wotnot Mini Wipes Pack, Eco Tools Mini Make Up Brush Set, EO Hand Sanitiser in Peppermint and LaVanila Mini Deodorant. Flora and Fauna also stocks lots of Eco Friendly things that aren’t beauty related like the original reusable travel coffee cup, Keep Cup, as well as other reusable coffee cup brands like Joco and Perky (bamboo reusable cups). 

Eye Of Horus Bio Lipstick
Eye Of Horus Bio Lipstick

I like to go to my local markets to find handmade and eco-friendly products. I went to the Ethical Night Market recently and found lots of new small businesses that I had never heard of. One business I found is called Nur Organics and they have cruelty free and vegan lip balms that come in cardboard packing so they can be fully recycled when you finish the product.  I’ve got a temporary Story highlight on Instagram called “Xmas Market” so you can see what sorts of things you might find at a market near you. 

Finally, I just wanted to include something completely unrelated to beauty, but still a great present for anyone who loves animals and the environment. You can “foster” an Elephant for yourself or a loved one through The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. For as little as US$50 a year you can support an orphaned Elephant. I love presents that give back, if you know of anything else like this, including products that have the proceeds going to charity, let me know in the comments. 

Presence over presents
Presence over presents

I hope I have given you some cruelty free Christmas present ideas that you can use. If you have any ideas to add, please leave them in the comments below. I love spending time finding the right gift for my loved ones as the time and effort I put in to doing that shows them how much they mean to me. However, remember that presents aren’t everything and that the time spent with your loved ones is what matters these holidays. I have lots of cruelty free blog posts planned so stay tuned for those. I hope you have a happy and safe holiday season.

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Love, Alinta

4 Comments

  • Cynthia 19/12/2018 at 2:37 pm

    These are all great ideas. I have been meaning to buy one of those matte The Balm palettes forever!

  • Tracey 19/12/2018 at 6:13 pm

    Some great gift ideas here, I really like the palette ♡

  • The Asian Girl 20/12/2018 at 1:45 am

    I can vouch for Marc Jacobs eyeliners. They’re pretty awesome. One of my favorite cruelty-free brands is Bite Beauty…I’m obsessed with their lipsticks.

  • Ehmkay Nails 20/12/2018 at 3:54 am

    I’m all about cruelty free gifts! I’ve been meaning to try the meet matte shadows. I hear great things!

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    It’s #naidocweek so here’s your reminder to #buyblak and care about Indigenous rights for more than just one week a year. 
Brands mentioned in the video include @jyelahmindandbody @paperbarklove @bush_medijina @_kykoe and @theminorityco_.
I have lists of lots of Indigenous businesses in a google doc that I intended to make into blog posts but never found the energy to do so, but it means I can point you in the right direction if you’re looking for a certain sort of business to support. Also, post your fave blak owned businesses in the comments so other can check them out. 
#naidocweek2022 #alwayswasalwayswillbe #landback #lovealinta
    It’s #naidocweek so here’s your reminder to #buyblak and care about Indigenous rights for more than just one week a year. Brands mentioned in the video include @jyelahmindandbody @paperbarklove @bush_medijina @_kykoe and @theminorityco_. I have lists of lots of Indigenous businesses in a google doc that I intended to make into blog posts but never found the energy to do so, but it means I can point you in the right direction if you’re looking for a certain sort of business to support. Also, post your fave blak owned businesses in the comments so other can check them out. #naidocweek2022 #alwayswasalwayswillbe #landback #lovealinta
    3 months ago
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    I know I promised a blog post on these a very long time ago but that didn’t happen so here’s some swatches instead. These are some of @elatecosmetics cruelty, vegan and sustainable pencils. There’s the 4 EyeColour Pencils Gleam, Mystic, Evolve and Merit which are buildable and easy to blend. I’m so pale that Gleam and Mystic and almost my skin colour but I still use them for highlights. Then there’s Hearth the EyeLine pencil which is a neutral brown. And finally the LipColours Enigma and Ardent which I’ve shown you how to use as lipstick and blush previously in a video. I probably get the most use out of Mystic and Ardent. Mystic is a good neutral shade on me and Ardent is one of my fave lip colours. Which one is your fave? 
Anyone who wants to buy Elate in Aus can head to the Flora and Fauna website (affiliate link on my blog). 
Also tomorrow is my birthday and a present I would love is photos of people attending the reproductive rights rally in Melbourne. Please go tomorrow, wear a mask, and take a photo of yourself and send it to me 😉 best birthday present ever. 
#elate #elatecosmetics #elatebeauty #loveelate #lovealinta
    I know I promised a blog post on these a very long time ago but that didn’t happen so here’s some swatches instead. These are some of @elatecosmetics cruelty, vegan and sustainable pencils. There’s the 4 EyeColour Pencils Gleam, Mystic, Evolve and Merit which are buildable and easy to blend. I’m so pale that Gleam and Mystic and almost my skin colour but I still use them for highlights. Then there’s Hearth the EyeLine pencil which is a neutral brown. And finally the LipColours Enigma and Ardent which I’ve shown you how to use as lipstick and blush previously in a video. I probably get the most use out of Mystic and Ardent. Mystic is a good neutral shade on me and Ardent is one of my fave lip colours. Which one is your fave? Anyone who wants to buy Elate in Aus can head to the Flora and Fauna website (affiliate link on my blog). Also tomorrow is my birthday and a present I would love is photos of people attending the reproductive rights rally in Melbourne. Please go tomorrow, wear a mask, and take a photo of yourself and send it to me 😉 best birthday present ever. #elate #elatecosmetics #elatebeauty #loveelate #lovealinta
    3 months ago
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    Here’s a video of Bonsai’s recovery from cruciate ligament surgery this year. He ruptured his cruciate just before my wedding, and then had surgery shortly after.  As well as repairing the ligament, the vet also created a deeper groove in his knee so to give his knee more stability. This is his second knee surgery as he had his other one done a year earlier. It’s very common for the second knee to be injured within a year of the first. His surgery and recovery were complicated by his IBD and heart failure, but as you can see his leg is doing really well now. I’ve been updating you in my stories about his heart failure. He doesn’t have much much time left with us, so I thought I would upload this so you can see that knee surgery is worth doing. I know lots of people are scared of the recovery period because crating can be demanding on your time and stressful for the dog, but giving them proper use of their leg back is worth it. I’ve seen dogs in rescue that are forced to go years without this surgery and the results are heartbreaking. The recovery can be hard, especially if there are other medical issues at play, like with Bonsai, but a good vet will try to make the dog as comfortable as possible for the recovery period. Humans get help when they rupture their ACL so please do the same for your dog. If you’re wondering how Bons is going today, he’s recovered from yesterdays sedation and is happily sitting on my shoulder - as per usual. There’s no way of knowing when his time will be up, so he’s being spoilt and loved until that day does come. He’s my little shadow who I love very much 🌒
#rescuedog #crutiate #crutiateligament #dogsofmelbourne #chihuahua
    Here’s a video of Bonsai’s recovery from cruciate ligament surgery this year. He ruptured his cruciate just before my wedding, and then had surgery shortly after. As well as repairing the ligament, the vet also created a deeper groove in his knee so to give his knee more stability. This is his second knee surgery as he had his other one done a year earlier. It’s very common for the second knee to be injured within a year of the first. His surgery and recovery were complicated by his IBD and heart failure, but as you can see his leg is doing really well now. I’ve been updating you in my stories about his heart failure. He doesn’t have much much time left with us, so I thought I would upload this so you can see that knee surgery is worth doing. I know lots of people are scared of the recovery period because crating can be demanding on your time and stressful for the dog, but giving them proper use of their leg back is worth it. I’ve seen dogs in rescue that are forced to go years without this surgery and the results are heartbreaking. The recovery can be hard, especially if there are other medical issues at play, like with Bonsai, but a good vet will try to make the dog as comfortable as possible for the recovery period. Humans get help when they rupture their ACL so please do the same for your dog. If you’re wondering how Bons is going today, he’s recovered from yesterdays sedation and is happily sitting on my shoulder - as per usual. There’s no way of knowing when his time will be up, so he’s being spoilt and loved until that day does come. He’s my little shadow who I love very much 🌒 #rescuedog #crutiate #crutiateligament #dogsofmelbourne #chihuahua
    3 months ago
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    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. #pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    3 months ago
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    Plastic packaging and beauty products. What can one change do? When @trilogyproducts changed from plastic spatulas to bamboo ones, they stopped producing 208,000 plastic spatulas a year. For me, that means I now won’t be adding to my very large pile of plastic spatulas that I have accumulated over the years by using the Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream every day. No other night cream compares for me, so I’m glad I won’t add to that pile. I kept them all hoping that I would find a use for them but that has yet to happen 🤷‍♀️ A lot of beauty brands market that their plastic can be recycled, but many of those products can’t be put in curbside recycling. When they can go into the recycling bin it doesn’t mean customers are actually doing that, and even when the plastic does make it into the recycling bin, it doesn’t mean it’s actually recycled. There’s a huge amount of plastic in recycling centers that never gets made into something new. So I appreciate it when brands do make changes like this because I can see the result as a consumer. That doesn’t always mean the change is automatically better for the environment, because there’s no way of knowing if the brand uses more materials or greenhouse gases to make the new version. Beauty brands can be very cagey about their greenhouse gas emissions, particularly their scope 3 emissions. Therefore as consumers we can often only make best guesses as to which brands and products are the most sustainable choice. Changing plastic packaging is however a very obvious difference for customers, because we see the difference in where our waste goes. So as a customer I do like seeing brands moving to products that aren’t plastic, or at the very least using plastic that is easily curbside recycled. Many beauty brands have a long way to go before their products are easily recycled, but Trilogy is one of the brands who have made an effort to change this. So long story, short, I love Trilogy skincare products and appreciate that they are trying to make the brand more eco-friendly. What’s your opinion on this? Do you have a weird plastic spatula pile, or is it just me? 
#trilogy #trilogyskincare #discovertrilogy #lovealinta
    Plastic packaging and beauty products. What can one change do? When @trilogyproducts changed from plastic spatulas to bamboo ones, they stopped producing 208,000 plastic spatulas a year. For me, that means I now won’t be adding to my very large pile of plastic spatulas that I have accumulated over the years by using the Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream every day. No other night cream compares for me, so I’m glad I won’t add to that pile. I kept them all hoping that I would find a use for them but that has yet to happen 🤷‍♀️ A lot of beauty brands market that their plastic can be recycled, but many of those products can’t be put in curbside recycling. When they can go into the recycling bin it doesn’t mean customers are actually doing that, and even when the plastic does make it into the recycling bin, it doesn’t mean it’s actually recycled. There’s a huge amount of plastic in recycling centers that never gets made into something new. So I appreciate it when brands do make changes like this because I can see the result as a consumer. That doesn’t always mean the change is automatically better for the environment, because there’s no way of knowing if the brand uses more materials or greenhouse gases to make the new version. Beauty brands can be very cagey about their greenhouse gas emissions, particularly their scope 3 emissions. Therefore as consumers we can often only make best guesses as to which brands and products are the most sustainable choice. Changing plastic packaging is however a very obvious difference for customers, because we see the difference in where our waste goes. So as a customer I do like seeing brands moving to products that aren’t plastic, or at the very least using plastic that is easily curbside recycled. Many beauty brands have a long way to go before their products are easily recycled, but Trilogy is one of the brands who have made an effort to change this. So long story, short, I love Trilogy skincare products and appreciate that they are trying to make the brand more eco-friendly. What’s your opinion on this? Do you have a weird plastic spatula pile, or is it just me? #trilogy #trilogyskincare #discovertrilogy #lovealinta
    4 months ago
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