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Sustainability in the home: the bathroom

Whether you've come from the first part of our sustainability in the home series, where we explored some simple and easy changes you can make in your kitchen, or you're simply looking to kickstart your green journey in your home, we're glad to have you, and together we can truly make a difference.

Though it's often the smallest room in the house, the bathroom can harbour huge amounts of waste. By making a few simple swaps, you can transform your bathroom into a green, eco-friendly and sustainable space.

By Sarah London Body Oil

Ditch the plastic; choose biodegradable and recyclable

According to Inside Packaging, the beauty industry is the top offender for creating plastic waste, contributing to 120 billion units of packaging every year.

With most of it not being recyclable and ultimately ending up in landfill, we must choose our beauty products carefully, paying attention to packaging that is biodegradable, reusable and recyclable.

At By Sarah London, we believe that nature has provided us with all the answers. This is why we use amber glass bottles, fully recyclable aluminium caps and reuseable pumps. This means there is minimal waste sent to landfill. Plus, glass is endlessly recyclable and when it does eventually break down, it returns to its original state, silica sand. 

Sustainable swaps

One of the biggest culprits hiding in your bathroom is the single-use cotton wool pad. According to the World Wildlife Fund, it takes 20,000 litres of water to produce 1kg of cotton, which would have travelled incredibly far to get to a supermarket shelf. Worse, single-use cotton wool pads cannot be recycled, and can take up to 800 years to fully decompose.

By Sarah London Balancer Oil to Milk Cleanser

A sustainable, eco-friendly solution? Reusable makeup remover pads. Often, these come in a small mesh bag which allows these pads to be washed with the rest of your clothing in a washing machine, reducing the cost and environmental impact your regular cotton wool pads have. You can use these with your By Sarah London skincare: simply apply your Balancer Oil-to-Milk Cleanser, splash on some water to create your milky cleanser, and then use your reusable pads for a gentle exfoliating scrub to leave your skin feeling silky and smooth. 

Another great sustainable swap for your bathroom is the bamboo toothbrush. With the average person using over 300 toothbrushes during their lifetime, the environmental impact of so much synthetic plastic ending up in landfill is extremely damaging for our planet. Here's some top tips from our friends at Wild and Stone:

“It's not easy to go completely plastic-free, but you can get started by making small, attainable changes and taking a moment to think before you purchase something. Get started by doing something little, like minimising single plastic use on the go or creating a plastic free bathroom. All of these small steps add up to a bigger, greater wave of change.”

Choose ethical, plant-based products

By choosing plant-based and natural beauty products, you’re also choosing sustainability, the environment, and your skin. Free from artificial, synthetic and petrochemically derived ingredients, plant-based products are often kinder on your skin and less likely to clog pores.

By Sarah London B Corp

Look out for the certified B-corporation logo, as this means that the products have been verified to meet high standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. It really is the gold standard in sustainability and we are proud to be the first UK independently-owned and female-founded skincare brand to have achieved B Corp status.

Our By Sarah London products have been expertly formulated by Sarah and each ingredient carefully chosen to nourish and restore your skin. We only use the finest natural and cold-pressed, plant based ingredients in our natural beauty collection, all handmade in small batches in the UK. And, with a full ingredient list on the front label across our collection, you know exactly how you're caring for your skin. 

Want to find out more about what to look out for in natural beauty? Check out our ‘Live with Sarah’ videos for more tips!

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