Guest Writer: Sustainable Beauty

19 August 2019 - Helen Reynolds

To kick off this week, we're handing over to Helen, a Sky employee who is here to tell us all about the sustainable swaps we can make in our everyday lives.

Helen is a Sky employee who has always been passionate about the environment and even runs an Instagram account (@plasticfreewithhelene) to spread the word about how to #PassOnPlastic. Over to Helen...

I have cared about the environment since I was a child. I remember asking for a Greenpeace membership for my birthday when I was about 10 years old and dragging my dad around our local supermarket sticking “this tuna is not dolphin-friendly” stickers on tins of tuna. This mindset has continued into adulthood and with the recent focus on the impact of plastic on the environment, I have been trying to make as many small changes as I can to reduce the amount of single-use plastic I use in my day to day life.

For a long time, I have been concerned about the ingredients in my beauty products and have slowly been moving to more natural, cruelty-free products. When you start looking at this, it is shocking to see how many unnecessary ingredients there are in so many of our day to day beauty products. Following months of research and a lot of trial and error to rule out “greenwashing” I was starting to feel like I had the natural and cruelty-free thing down. However, the fact that so many of these products still came in plastic containers was bothering me so it was back to the drawing board, with further research and a lot more trial and error! Along my journey, I have been pleasantly surprised to learn that, more often than not, natural, cruelty-free and sustainable/plastic-free products go hand in hand and I have listed a few of my favourites here. Click on the tiles to find out more about each item...