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Sustainable Halloween Hacks

Sustainable Halloween Hacks

Halloween can be quite a wasteful holiday what with an abundance of non-recyclable candy wrappers, single use plastic costumes, and hazardous face paint. Plus, who wants to spend $100 on an outfit you'll only wear once?! (We'd much rather invest that money into skincare...) 

If you're like us, then you've barely had time to even plan your costume. With a few days to go, you still have time, so don't fret!

We've come up with some tips and tricks to help you have an eco-friendly and sustainable spooky Halloween. 

 

Costumes

We say, get creative! You'd be surprised what crazy outfits you can put together just by looking in the back of your closet. Missing a piece? Ask a friend to share closets and you might just find what you are looking for. Still in need of that special item? Head on over to a thrift store which is usually brimming with eclectic options to get your spooky and creative juices flowing. Who knows, you might just be inspired AND pick up something new for your wardrobe. 

 

Candy

Giving out candy to trick-or-treaters? Go for candies wrapped in paper and foil instead of plastic! There are several great companies that provide allergen and eco-friendly products such as Equal Exchange Chocolates and Glee Gum. Both come in biodegradable and recyclable wrappers so everyone wins! 

Throwing a party and need some treats? Save money and help the environment by buying in bulk! You can find things like gummy worms, chocolate covered pretzels and even candy coated chocolate bites (think M&Ms) to satisfy any sweet tooth. 

 

Makeup

One of the sneakiest yet biggest criminals of Halloween is the makeup. Most traditional face paints and hair sprays are toxic for your skin and usually packaged in plastic and non-recyclable materials, making them hazardous for you and the earth. Did you know traditional glitter is also incredible harmful for the environment? Instead, opt for biodegradable glitter like the ones that come from Glitter Revolution. Their products are totally guilt free and come in completely package free packaging. Need some face paint? Try Natural Earth Paint which is mineral and clay based and comes packaged in a totally recyclable container. 

 

How are you spending your Halloween this year? 

 

With Love, 

The Alles Body Care Team 

Eco Delivery Companies

Eco Delivery Companies

Here at Alles Body Care, sustainability is the name of the game. As they say, there is no Planet B. Yet. (Looking at you Mars.)

Every day we look for ways to up our eco-friendly game, but its not always easy. Maybe our partners are a little lax on the recycling front, you're traveling and forgot your reusable water bottle, or your grocery bag has a bit more plastic than you would have liked. Whatever the reason might be, we're with you. 

First things first; don't beat yourself up. A zero waste lifestyle isn't available for everyone, and we shouldn't bemoan ourselves up for missing a day of composting. 

With the seasons changing and the temperatures dropping, that means less time we want to spend outside running errands. Luckily, we live in an age where we can literally have anything delivered to us so we never have to step outside. Unfortunately, our society favors wasteful packaging and single use plastic (but there are huge strides to amend this mentality!)  

Here are a few eco friendly companies that deliver goodies right to your doorstep so you can stay curled up on your couch while still making small, easy changes for sustainability in the coming hibernation months. 

Who Gives A Crap 

For starters, this company does. They provide paper goods such as toilet paper, paper towels, and tissues right to your doorstep without the use of any plastic. You might be saying to yourself, 'but what about all those trees they are cutting down?! Doesn't that defeat the purpose!?' to which we would say, you're right. Their products aren't made from freshly cut trees, they are made from recycled paper, bamboo and sugarcane without any inks, dyes, or perfumes. What's more, they donate a whopping 50% of their profits to help build toilets for those in need. Holy Sh*t!  

Sustain and Glyde

It's cuffing season. Whether you're already in a relationship or newly partnered, it's imperative to stay safe. But not all protection methods are good for your body or the environment. Two companies that we love are Sustain Natural and Glyde. They use natural and fair rubber latex and none of the icky stuff like parabens or chemicals. They are both vegan, non-GMO and FDA approved so you can keep your mind on the tasks at hand. 

Food Delivery Services

Fresh fruits and veggies are harder to come by as the temperatures drop, as does our desire to step outside to go grocery shopping. We end up relying on food delivery services but as you might have noticed, they can be incredibly wasteful and utilize a lot of single use plastic. Farm Box Direct ships you organic and natural product right to your door. Everything is recyclable, and their food liners are made from recycled denim and paper backing and is 100% biodegradable! 

Bonus: Alles Body Care 

We would be remiss if we didn't add ourselves to the list! Our skin can take quite a beating during the colder months what with forced heat, frigid winds and a heavier diet (dad's chocolate bread pudding or mom's pumpkin pie...). It's important to keep your skin hydrated and keep your body balanced with supplements. The combination of Renew and Restore will strongly build up your body's defenses and keep your skin healthy and glowing well into the spring. 

 

With Love, 

The Alles Body Care Team 

PLASTIC FREE JULY

PLASTIC FREE JULY

Plastic Free July is halfway done so its a good time to check in.

For some, this might be your first foray into the eco-concious movement. For others, this is just old hat. 

Some of you might be saying, Plastic Free What? 

Plastic Free July is a movement started to help combat the immense amount of waste humans have and continue to produce by bringing awareness and assistance.

By now, we are sure you have heard the basics - bring your own reusable shopping bag to the market, "choose to refuse" plastic straws, cutlery, and bags, carry your own water bottle, etc. 

Several major global food and coffee establishments have announced that by the year 2020 they will eliminate single use plastic straws completely. 

Despite massive efforts being made by huge groups, there is still a long way to go. And it's important to remember, this movement won't happen overnight. Much of what needs implemented must be done so on a grand scale. So if you find yourself at the grocery store and you see plastic in your shopping cart, don't beat yourself up. Make the changes you can right now, and work towards implementing others in the future. And do your part to reuse and recycle. 

We at the Alles office do our best to leave a small eco footprint, but we too are only human! Our products are packaged in recyclable and reusable materials to help lead us in the right direction. 

 

With Love, 

The Alles Body Care Team