The beauty world is becoming greener, and by now you’re probably familiar with terms like “clean beauty”, “natural”, “organic” and “vegan”. But what about “biodegradable” beauty?
The term “biodegradable” is used to describe any material or object that is capable of being decomposed, or to decay naturally without leaving waste behind. Think about natural items like bamboo or cork: When left to decompose, they are broken down by micro-organisms like bacteria or fungi, and disappear without contributing to pollution. This is in stark contrast to non-biodegradable material such as plastic, for example, which contributes to pollution and may take up to 1000 years or more to decompose.
What does this mean for beauty products? Biodegradable beauty products such as soaps or shampoos have minimal to zero adverse environmental impacts. Most non-biodegradable beauty products contain antibacterial and preservative ingredients that help extend the product’s shelf life, but may cause harm to the environment once it is disposed of.
Why is biodegradable beauty important for the planet?
Biodegradable beauty products are great for your skin, and also for the planet. It’s no secret that pollution and particularly plastic pollution, is one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time. Our World In Data reports that the world is currently producing more than 380 million tonnes of plastic every year, which is a staggering statistic, especially when you consider how much of it will end up in landfills (and that it’ll take 1000 years to decompose).
Then there’s the issue of cosmetic wastewater polluting the ocean. Many of the chemicals used to formulate traditional cosmetics may be detrimental to our water quality. It was widely reported when the island of Hawaii banned the distribution of sunscreen products containing oxybenzone and octinoxate (two very common sunscreen ingredients) in 2021. Their reason? Research has shown that these ingredients cause significant damage to coral reef ecosystems, including coral bleaching and even coral DNA damage.
It’s sad but true that the beauty industry is a major contributor to global pollution and environmental damage. However, there is some good news. In recent years we’ve seen a major influx of global trends steering towards greener and sustainable living, and sustainable lifestyles seem to keep gaining momentum. Consumers have learnt that making small changes in your day-to-day life is not only easier than it sounds, but it makes a real difference to the bigger picture.
When purchasing and using biodegradable beauty products, you don’t contribute to the cosmetic wastewater issue and you can rest assured that you’re not polluting the world’s oceans with harmful synthetic ingredients.
What are the benefits of using biodegradable products on your body?
We know why biodegradable beauty is important for the planet, but did you know that it’s also beneficial for your skin? A lot of beauty products contain harsh ingredients that may cause skin to react or become sensitized. We also don’t know all the long-term effects of these synthetic ingredients.
Biodegradable beauty products are natural and free from toxic synthetic materials. They are gentler on the skin and less prone to cause irritation. They do not contain any harmful by-products or controversial cheap fillers, but instead, are filled with the very best of what Mother Nature has to offer.
For over 20 years, Earthsap has been known for their high quality, natural biodegradable beauty and household products. Their products offer completely safe and toxin-free formulas, and have been formulated with the help of skilled microbiologists and are made using pure plant-extracted oils and other natural ingredients. You’ll find no synthetic fragrances, irritants or allergens in their body care products as they’re completely chemical-free and gentle. Plus – you’ve guessed it – Earthsap formulas are biodegradable!
A few of our favourite must-have Earthsap beauty products include:
Earthsap Orange & Mandarin Foam Bath (R94.95)
Soft bubbles and a fresh citrus fragrance are a match made in bath time heaven. Earthsap Foam Bath with Orange & Mandarin is an all-natural, SLS-Free bubble bath formula that will care for your skin as you soak. It’s also biodegradable, making it safe for the planet’s waterways.
Earthsap Garden Carrot Face Wash (R94.99)
Cleanse and care for your skin with this mild facial wash, made with a blend of real carrot oil and 100% natural, biodegradable ingredients. Earthsap’s Garden Carrot Face Wash is kind to your skin and packed with nutrients like vitamin A and antioxidants, to leave you with a fresh and healthy complexion. Free of harsh chemicals, this face wash gently cleans away grime and dirt without drying or damaging your skin.
Earthsap Pomegranate & Cranberry Hand & Body Lotion (R84.99)
This natural combination of soothing pomegranate, cranberry and the moisturising and nourishing aloe and jojoba oils, makes a natural combination that leaves the skin soft, smooth and healthy.
Earthsap Pine Forest Shampoo (R99.99)
Cleanse and protect your hair with this 100% natural shampoo, and enjoy the crisp, refreshing scent of pine needles. Made with pure plant-based ingredients, including coconut extracts, olive oil, vegetable glycerine and real pine needle oil, Earthsap Pine Forest Shampoo will give you a naturally fresh start to the day. It’s biodegradable and chemical-free, which means its kind to the planet as well as your hair and scalp. Part of the Earthsap Pine Forest range; a great unisex scent for eco-conscious guys and girls. Suitable for all hair types.
I would like to help our planet by changing to Biodegradable products.
Saponera is also one of my fav biodegradable beauty products.