Health & Beauty

Cotton buds

Are Cotton Buds Recyclable?

I still remember the first time that I saw that viral image of a seahorse clinging to a used cotton bud in polluted water near Indonesia. I didn’t know whether to smile at how cute it was, or just sit and cry. Because whilst the image is undoubtedly beautiful, it tells a sad truth of …

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Toothbrush toothpaste

Best Palm Oil Free Toothpaste in the UK

At the end of 2018, UK supermarket Iceland helped to increase awareness about the environmental problems caused by the palm oil industry with a hard-hitting Christmas advert (originally created by Greenpeace). The short cartoon told the story of rainforest destruction caused by palm oil production, and its catastrophic effect on the critically endangered orangutan. Palm …

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Cotton pad makeup

Are Cotton Pads Biodegradable?

Cotton pads are an essential part of most people’s health and beauty routines. Because they’re so useful, versatile and inexpensive, these innocent-looking pads are found in almost every bathroom across the UK and get used almost every day. They’re also plant-based and completely natural, so they’re biodegradable and good for the environment. Aren’t they?… Actually, …

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Makeup powder

Nanoparticle-Free Makeup Brands

Nanoparticles are tiny particles which can be found all around us in the natural and man-made world. You can find organic nanoparticles in volcanic ash, ocean spray, fine sand and dust and even in viruses and the synthetic kind in makeup, cosmetics, suncream and other health products, to name just a few. Measuring between 1-100 …

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