Choose a sustainable lip balm

There are so many lip balm choices out there now, deciding which one to buy can be little more than a pick based on eye-catching packaging and impulse. Eos lip balms, for example look like colorful easter eggs that beg to be thrown into a shopping basket. Eos touts that its lip balms are “paraben and petrolatum free”, and they do have an organic line, but their containers are not easily recyclable. (Unless you have a lot of time on your hands and want to try making the containers into travel pods.)

A more eco-friendly choice is Burt’s Bees, a company that puts a lot of thought and effort into conscientious packaging.

Another impressive lip balm is Dr. Bronner’s, which emphasizes fair trade and non-GMO ingredients, though we couldn’t find information on their packaging practices.

You might want to check into etsy shops that produce lip balms and package them in biodegradable cardboard tubes, but do ask questions about the purity of the manufacturing facility and any certifications (state inspections and third party lab testing) the seller may or may not have.

Your challenge for today is to vow to be mindful when choosing that next, seemingly innocuous, plastic tube (or egg) of lip balm. Imagine heaps of them in landfills, lying there for thousands of years, and see if it changes your lip product buying behavior.


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