Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day Plus LUSH Giveaway

Today is Earth Day and I've been trying to figure out how I want to mark the day here on Kiss and Makeup.

I could tell you about all the eco-friendly makeup products and accessories on the market today, but I'd surely forget to mention half of them. I could give you tips on how to be a more green consumer, but I think we all know about reducing, recycling, and reusing. I could be cheeky and talk about all the cool green (as in green colored) products you could pick from, but St. Patty's Day just came and went.

I want to talk about something fresh, something new. But I am having a tough time trying to figure out what that would be.

This is going to sound terribly jaded or out-of-touch, but I don't always consider the environmental impact of my beauty purchases as much as I probably should. Since I'm a makeup blogger, I feel that I need to try all kinds of different products, so I know I am consuming more makeup than the average girl. And yes, I know that it is wasteful and unnecessary. But then makeup, by its very nature, is somewhat wasteful and unnecessary.

The big issue for me is animal testing. I prefer to buy products that are not tested on animals whenever possible. I see no reason why animals should suffer for me to look good. That said, I know that some of the brands I buy are on PETA's naughty list.

I don't know....it seems tough to always shop your conscious...as terrible as that sounds (and I know it sounds awful).

Instead of prolonging this post's agony, I'm going to turn it over to you. I ask you the following:
  • How much do you consider the environmental impact of your beauty purchase when you're shopping?
  • Do you try to buy products that don't have excess packaging?
  • Do you try to buy products that are not tested on animals?
  • Do you try to buy products that do not contain harsh chemicals?
  • How much does any of it matter to you?
Leave me a comment and help me out here. I'll pick a random answer and will give that person a Good Karma kit from Lush. (Sorry: this one's open to US residents only, though if you're not in the US, I'd still love to hear your thoughts.) You have til next Tuesday to give me your input.

13 comments:

Posey said...

How much do you consider the environmental impact of your beauty purchase when you're shopping? I guess i dont think about it as much as i should when i am thinking of trying a new mascara or blush or what not. But if i hear about a company doing bad things, i will stop buying from them.

Do you try to buy products that don't have excess packaging? Yes i do. One because its more waste for me to get rid of, but also more garbage.
Do you try to buy products that are not tested on animals? Yes.
Do you try to buy products that do not contain harsh chemicals? Hm, i would say yes because i try not to use any harsh chemicals on my body.
How much does any of it matter to you? It matters some. I will admit, if i really love a product that comes with too much packaging etc, i will probably still buy it. But when it comes to animal rights and a company testingon animals and what not, i will most likley stop buying from them due to that.

Sara James said...

***How much do you consider the environmental impact of your beauty purchase when you're shopping? Quite a bit actually. I dont buy often and what I try to buy organic and with the least amount of packaging.

***Do you try to buy products that don't have excess packaging?
Yes!

***Do you try to buy products that are not tested on animals? almost always!

***Do you try to buy products that do not contain harsh chemicals? yup, my skin gets cranky and it freaks me out putting that stuff on my body.

***How much does any of it matter to you? The green movement or makeup specifically? Well I gotta tell ya, I agree that makeup is pretty unnecessary from an evolutionary perspective. However, I think thats totally debatable. I do think in modern times we could use less packaging and try to take the harsh chemicals out. There isnt much need for them, it only makes the overall problem bigger and probably ages us a ton to put that gunk on our skin.

phairhead said...

I miss i was more environmentally conscious when buying products. I love The Body Shop and Burt's Bees but sometimes it's just not in my budget to shop green.

ElaEuphoria said...

* How much do you consider the environmental impact of your beauty purchase when you're shopping?
-I tend to stray from aersol products or anything that would be obviously wasteful

* Do you try to buy products that don't have excess packaging?
-never been a factor in my shopping actually!

* Do you try to buy products that are not tested on animals?
-yes, some brands i used to use in the past i stopped using after finding out they tested on animals. Though after checking the posted link, I have used some products that I didn't know tested on animals!

* Do you try to buy products that do not contain harsh chemicals?
-yes, but mostly because i'm sensitive to them.

* How much does any of it matter to you?
-it matters, but i don't think i go out of my way to make sure that things are the most environmentally friendly.

Heidi P. said...

* How much do you consider the environmental impact of your beauty purchase when you're shopping? I think I look at the product's appeal and price before I consider the impact. Sorry.
* Do you try to buy products that don't have excess packaging? Yes, but if there is a product I really want, I'll buy it anyway.
* Do you try to buy products that are not tested on animals? Yes, but most of them say they don't. The ones that do aren't likely to admit it outright. Warning: the product in this box was tested on koala bears. Not gonna happen.
* Do you try to buy products that do not contain harsh chemicals? Yes, if they work as well as those with less organic ingredients.
* How much does any of it matter to you? It matters, but it's not the final deciding factor. Is that wrong? Just being honest.

Elizabeth said...

* How much do you consider the environmental impact of your beauty purchase when you're shopping?

I dont really think about it until i see a product with it labeled as organic and then i feel good buying it

* Do you try to buy products that don't have excess packaging?

i want to say yes, but i dont really think about that much either


* Do you try to buy products that are not tested on animals?

yes


* Do you try to buy products that do not contain harsh chemicals?

no, i generally dont look at ingredients.


* How much does any of it matter to you?

well not that much but it does matter some because i would like to keep my skin young by not putting chemicals in it that are unnecessary.

misstrishdelish said...

* How much do you consider the environmental impact of your beauty purchase when you're shopping?

I honestly never used to as much I think most of us always took the environment for granted. With global warming happening and just the news reports on the waste sites it's really opened my eyes. I mean it really does have a domino effect that I never really understood until the changes started like the endangering of more animals, weather, and so on. So now with all purchases and my lifestyle I try to be as green as possible with the lowest carbon footprint and just being smarter about choices that will effect the future. Everyone has a little part which will go along way if we all start caring and changing some ways to help out nature.

* Do you try to buy products that don't have excess packaging?

Definitely I was never one for much packaging. Cute packaging sure but as long as it was minimal. For one it's like presents you want to get to it already haha. But not gonna lie I hate walking down and over to my condo's trash bins to begin with and well not everything is eco-friendly or can be recycled. Plus in any scenario less is better :)

* Do you try to buy products that are not tested on animals?

Definitely. I get that some tests are done so that it doesn't have to be done on humans. Especially for helping find cures. Sadly i've lost a lot of close family members and friends since I was young to fatal illnesses like cancer, leukemia, and so on. However I think many tests medical to beauty are done in cruel ways and some are just down right unnecessary. I also cut down to very little products i'll buy that have animal fur or parts.

* Do you try to buy products that do not contain harsh chemicals?

Yes for many reasons but one to be kind to my body and skin. I mean what's the point of dolling yourself up if later on in life you're just going to ruin your body and skin in many ways? The point is to feel beautiful and special last thing I want is down the line to feel opposite of good. All because I chose to treat myself with harsh chemicals quick fix or not. Besides I have pets, young kids, and others who sometimes come over and contact with it. Wouldn't just be harming my skin but also them as well.

* How much does any of it matter to you?

Like I said I truly never really cared much about it. I think especially since back in the days the effect on the environment like many other issues wasn't a big one. But like they say some like to learn the hard way and many of us are the type that won't really believe it until we see it. Now the economy and environment are hurting in many ways. Hopefully we can stop hurting it and start trying to fix it.

REGINA said...

How much do you consider the environmental impact of your beauty purchase when you're shopping? Not as much as I should, I go by does the product work

Do you try to buy products that don't have excess packaging? Yes

Do you try to buy products that are not tested on animals? This is an absolute must for me when buying a product.

Do you try to buy products that do not contain harsh chemicals?
How much does any of it matter to you? I have just recently (within the past year gone totally organic with skincare (not makeup yet)

Anonymous said...

I pay close attention to the environmental impact that I make, try and buy stuff with less packaging...but honestly, I sometimes do buy non-environmentally friendly products. Mostly, I focus on projects not tested on animals.
juliar44@yahoo.com

Laney said...

* How much do you consider the environmental impact of your beauty purchase when you're shopping?
-I do consider the impact in terms of packaging, but I do admit I buy products that might not be great to the environment from brands I love.
* Do you try to buy products that don't have excess packaging?
-Definitely!
* Do you try to buy products that are not tested on animals?
-Yeah, I'm a big stickler for this.
* Do you try to buy products that do not contain harsh chemicals?
-I try not to, but I know some of my favorites do.
* How much does any of it matter to you?
-A lot, actually!

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Julia said...

How much do you consider the environmental impact of your beauty purchase when you're shopping? I guess I don't consider it too much, but I'm trying to make an effort. I love shopping so I bought some cute resusable bags to carry around and put my purchases in. They're small enough to fit in my purse so they can go everywhere with me whether it's the mall or the grocery store.

Do you try to buy products that don't have excess packaging? I guess this is another thing I don't think about too much, but I do make an effort to recycle my empty bottles and jars.
Do you try to buy products that are not tested on animals? Yes.

Do you try to buy products that do not contain harsh chemicals? Yes.

How much does any of it matter to you? Most of these things didn't matter too much to me in the past, but I'm trying to make more of an effort these days to pay attention to things like this. I've definitely made some changes in my life to make it more environmentally friendly, but there are probably more changes I could make.

Amelia said...

I have to be honest and admit that I haven't considered the environmental impact of my beauty purchases at all and I don't try to buy the products without excess packaging. Also, I don't check to see if products have harsh chemicals but I do try to buy products not tested on animals. All of this should matter a great deal to me and it has given me something to think about although I was clueless before.

amelia704(at)gmail(dot)com

Deanna said...

* How much do you consider the environmental impact of your beauty purchase when you're shopping?

Not very much, unfortunately.


* Do you try to buy products that don't have excess packaging?

Sometimes, depends on the product.


* Do you try to buy products that are not tested on animals?

Yes, this one's pretty important to me.


* Do you try to buy products that do not contain harsh chemicals?

Yes, what's bad for the environment is bad for me, too.


* How much does any of it matter to you?

It matters to me, I do my best to help the environment but I'm not a fanatic.