Organic Beauty Week 2019 – One Small Swap

Ok, so my one post a month idea may have been short lived (for now at least) but this is a special occasion! It’s Organic Beauty week!!

Running from the 9th-14th September (the observant amongst you/or those with the long memories will notice that the Soil Association have moved this years event into September in line with Organic September), Organic Beauty & Wellbeing Week is (unsurprisingly) a week long campaign dedicated to raising awareness of certified organic beauty and wellbeing products; highlighting the importance of certification and encouraging consumers to make sustainable choices.

This year the Soil Association are urging us to make just one small swap to our self care routines. Switching out just one product is the start and by making small changes to our beauty regime can contribute to a system which is working towards combating our climate emergency and biodiversity loss.

One small swap can make a world of difference

 But how..?

By choosing to use certified organic products you are not only being kinder to your skin but also to the environment (including waterways) and it’s wildlife/waterlife – and of course to those who produce the ingredients which go into the products.

  • Buying certified organic products you can be rest assured of transparency at every stage.
  • The products are produced responsibly, remaining considerate to the local and wider
    environment and it’s biodiversity throughout. No pesticides or other harmful chemicals (which cause irreperable damage to our planet and destroying our much needed insect and wildlife populations) are used in the growing process and of course there are no genetically modified organisms.

Organic systems are at least 50 % better for pollinating insects*

  • Certified organic products have a conscious supply chain and the economic and social welfare of those who work to produce the ingredients used in the products is carefully considered.
  • Packaging is minimal and sourced responsibly. It is recyclable wherever possible – there are a number of schemes in the UK which enable you to recycle packaging which isn’t suitable for kerbside collection. Companies offering a collection scheme include John Lewis, Neal’s Yard Remedies and L’Occitane.If you want more info on recycling beauty packaging then check out this recent and excellent post by my friend and fellow green beauty Lou Dartford on how to Recycle Your Beauty Routine.

Only 50% of packaging is recycled in the bathroom compared to 90% in the kitchen*

  • Products which are organically certified are cruelty free and have not been tested on animals at any stage of the process.

Did you know?

There are currently no regulations that monitor the use of the word Organic within the beauty and Wellbeing industries?  According to the Soil Association, 77 %of people would be reassured if a product which said Organic on the label was certified, which is just as well because the only way you can truly know whether a product is organic is by looking for the logo.

If you aren’t too sure where to start when choosing your one small swap then check out the Soil Association certified brands – you can find a list of them here.

To find out more about Organic Beauty & Wellbeing Week and the One Small Swap campaign, take a look at the Soil Association website

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I don’t want to sound like I’m blowing my own trumpet however I have to say that I already have an almost entirely organic beauty routine already and so from a personal perspective I don’t feel I can do much more however I still have a few products I am looking to swap out in my pro kit.
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago I am about to start a new chapter and head back to school so I am pretty certain I will be coming across quite a few new things I need to try and find organic alternatives for… so watch this space.
Will you make one small swap? If so what will you swap?


Images: (1, 2) Soil Association
Source:  *Soil Association Organic Beauty report – Read in full here

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