Lush Cosmetics is one of the leaders in environmentally considerate beauty products, offering creative alternatives like solid facial serums and shampoos, and more than 70 percent of their products have no packaging at all. Lush offers these tips for greening up your beauty products and habits. Kim Ossi, McClatchy-Tribune Newspapers
Think long-term: For items you'll need to use every day, look for products with portions of the product that can be replaced, like toothbrushes with a replaceable head. That way you're disposing of as little as possible.
Water conservation: It's probably been drilled into you to turn off the water when brushing your teeth, but try doing the same when soaping up in the shower or shaving for extra water savings.
Wash, rinse, recycle: If you can't avoid using plastic bottles, at least make sure you wash them out before you toss them in the recycling bin to prevent contamination of your other recyclables. If you can't recycle that type of plastic, reuse them for crafts or storage, or look for a school/recreation center with children's art programs to donate.
The packaging conundrum: Look for beauty products with little to no packaging. If you must buy an item with packaging, try to find one that is easily recyclable. Some companies will take back their own packaging to be reused or recycled.
Swap it out: Bored with your clothes, shoes or cosmetics? Go ultra green and host an exchange party. You'll get items that are new to you and be good to the environment since no additional manufacturing went into making your new duds, and your wallet will be happy, too!
Read more about Lush's green initiatives at lushusa.com/shop/about-lush/articles/ environmental-policy.