Greenwashing. What it is and 5 ways to spot it in your self-care products

back to all In the wild wild west of the self-care industry, being a conscious consumer is tough. There is a very long list of ingredients we are supposed to avoid, labels we have to pay attention to, and brands that do not hold what they promise. The good news is, that there are more …

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3 ingredients to avoid in your personal care products and cosmetics

back to all Did you know that your favourite shampoo, makeup or body lotion could be harmful to your health? Every day, 12.2 million people are exposed to carcinogens (ingredients that are capable of causing cancer) because of their personal care products (Environmental Working Group, 2004). These can be found in hand and body soap, …

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Natural cosmetics – No definition to be found

back to all As we concluded in our last article, there is no uniformly regulated, legally secured definition of “natural cosmetics”.   There are cosmetic products that have natural ingredients, but do not meet the requirements of certified natural cosmetics. And there are conventional cosmetics that have individual natural, or even organic ingredients, but are …

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Natural cosmetics, organic cosmetics, clean beauty – what on earth is the difference?

back to all Wondering how finding an all-natural product can be so complicated? This week we spent time in shops in Switzerland that sell so-called natural self-care products. Those products are described with words like 100% natural, free from… , Green Beauty, organic, and so much more.    This got us thinking:  How much nature …

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What happens with our trash once it’s out of our sight? From burning, dumping, and exporting.

back to all In the past weeks, we have talked about how Switzerland is the world champion of recycling and how recycling works. In today’s post, we are going to discuss what happens once we have put old newspaper and empty glass bottles and jars in the paper and glass containers. For many of us, …

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Microplastics: what is the problem, how big is it and why should I care?

back to all Now that we have defined in a previous article what microplastics are let’s dive into the subject a bit deeper!  Microplastics come from different sources such as clothes, plastic waste, tyres, cosmetic products and more as we have reviewed them in a previous article. Once they have been created they eventually end …

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Wishcycling

back to all We all know the good feeling of throwing paper, glass, aluminum, or whatever else in the recycling bin. We’ve just done our part to save the environment, right? Unfortunately, this is not the case. And that’s where the term “wishcycling” comes into play. Wishcycling describes the problem of wrong materials that are …

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Recycling

back to all Switzerland – world champion in waste generation, recycling, or none? On average, every person living in Switzerland throws away over 700 kg of waste per year – a lot more than most people in the world. However, we recycle more than half of it (Misicka, 2020). 700 kg is a lot, and …

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