By Tara Rippin • 20 November 2018 • 17:39
ZERO WASTE: Vegan alternatives naturally decompose.
MORE and more people are opting for a vegan lifestyle and embracing a huge array of alternative health and beauty products.
The benefits are wide reaching and the market is vast.
For starters, switching your toothpaste to a vegan alternative can help both your smile and the environment.
White Glo’s Pure and Natural toothpaste is completely vegan and organic.
Free from fluoride, harmful chemicals and bleaches that are often incorporated into tooth whitening products, White Glo’s toothpaste formula uses natural ingredients.
There are an estimated one billion plastic toothbrushes contained within landfill sites across America alone.
To try and combat this, White Glo’s toothpaste includes a free biodegradable bamboo toothbrush that naturally decomposes as opposed to plastic toothbrushes that take an estimated 400 years.
Most importantly, switching to vegan friendly cosmetics means products are 100 per cent cruelty free. Purchasing vegan cosmetics instantly shrinks the support for animal testing. Moreover, using vegan cosmetics can have benefits for the individual user due to the avoidance of animal by-products such as lanolin which commonly blocks pores and encourages acne.
Vegan cosmetics are also perfect for people with sensitive skin, due to the limited number of ingredients used to formulate them making it less likely to irritate skin.
The naturally sourced plant ingredients used within vegan cosmetics means that inherently vegan formulas contain a greater about of vitamins, perfect for keeping skin supple, healthy and bright.
Currently, non-vegan shampoos contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) which has been proven to encourage hair loss. Whilst natural plant-based alternatives such as tea tree oil and jojoba extract stimulate hair follicles and the paraben free formula incorporated into vegan shampoo further reduces hair damage as opposed to non-vegan alternatives.
Another simple and effective vegan swap is substituting the plastic hair brush for a more sustainable alternative, such as a bamboo and rubber hairbrush. Choosing a vegan hairbrush is consequently better for the environment as materials such as bamboo and rubber are biodegradable.
Whilst detangling hair is a painless and gentle process that preserves hair and prevents breakage. Vegan hairbrushes tease the scalp releasing natural oils that promote healthier, shinier and stronger hair.
It’s clear that small modifications to vegan alternative products have an endless list of advantages from protecting the environment, benefiting health and improving aesthetic appearance.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.
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