Green-eyed Girl: Giving Back Green
By Tess Kurzeja

Great, you’ve decided to give a little back to your environment and your personal health by falling in love with green beauty and personal care products. What may not be so great, though, is the monetary price that comes along with buying organic. And, while I’m convinced that the extra cost is well worth it, if you need a little extra incentive to go green, I’ve compiled a list of favorite products that use your purchase to give a little back, too.

ECO TOOLS
From makeup brushes to loofah sponges, Eco Tools uses all recycled and earth and animal-friendly materials to create their products and packaging. They encourage consumers to reuse their elegant and durable packaging to house their makeup and accessories to reduce waste. I especially love the Eco Tools BAMBOO 5-Piece Brush Set, made of renewable bamboo, cruelty-free hair and recycled aluminum. All housed in an attractive hemp case that ties closed, this compact set contains all the tools you need for your best made-up look ($11 at select Walgreens and Ulta stores, nationwide). Aside from being your beauty companion, Eco Tools is also looking out for the environment in more ways than just using sustainable and recycled materials. They are also members of the 1% For The Planet program that, in alliance with other eco-friendly businesses, donates 1% of annual sales to create a healthier planet.

Yes to Carrots
Not only do the Yes to Carrots products—such as their Deliciously Rich Body Butter—work well, smell great, come at low prices and are chock full of antioxidants and Beta Carotene, Yes to Carrots is committed to helping and inspiring women to realize their potential ($5 at Walgreens locations nationwide). One way the company achieves this feat is by sponsoring the Israeli National Netball team. Netball, or women’s basketball to those of us in the U.S., is not nearly as popular a sport in Israel as it is in the states. So, the women of the Israeli National Netball team worked tirelessly to get recognized as a legitimate force in the world sports arena. Yes to Carrots endorses this team to encourage women around the globe to stay healthy, active and aware of their potential.

Rahua
Made from rare oil found only in the Amazon Rainforest, the sale of Rahua products, benefit the area’s natives, specifically the Quechua-Shuar tribe. Through the sale of Rahua products, tribe members sustain their livelihood and work to improve conditions in the Amazon. What’s more, a portion of the profits goes towards educating the Quechua-Shuar and other Amazonian tribes about their rights and benefits as a part of the global marketplace. Rahua’s newest addition to an already stellar line of unique products is a Shampoo and Conditioner that is guaranteed to strengthen your hair adding a protective layer of Rahua oil to allow hair to grow strong and minimize breakage ($32 each, view vendors at Rahua.com). All that and saving the rainforest? Sign me up.

Derma e
Saving skin from coast to coast, derma e’s products are not only organic, but vegan as well. And, if their specialty products weren’t enough, a portion of their proceeds benefit The Paraguay Project, derma e’s three-tiered program using fair trade practices to help empower the people of Paraguay. Through the purchase, and resale, of Paraguayan Spiderweb Lace (pictured), derma e is helping natives generate a profit from their handmade lace. Plus, a percentage of all product sales benefits the Project. I love derma e’s soothing Vanilla Bean Cleansing Mousse as well as their unbelievably effective Microdermabrasion Scrub ($15.50 and $32 respectively at dermae.com). Used in tandem, these two vegan products leave skin feeling just-had-a-facial fresh and ready-for-the-sun exfoliated. It’s easy to cherish all the pearl powder, fine pumice and grapeseed oil that make up the Microdermabrasion Scrub and the sweet, natural vanilla scent of the soothing Cleansing Mousse.

With these products, it’s easy to look great and feel even better all while keeping yourself, the earth and even a few others, healthy.

 

“Green-eyed Girl” is PrettyCity®’s monthly guide to the latest beauty products and treatment trends reflecting a consciousness for the environment and personal health. If it’s organic, we know about it; if it’s helping our environment while keeping us looking and feeling our best, we love it. And, you can rest assured we’ll tell you all about it. Please contact us with story ideas or product suggestions.

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