Go Green in 2017: Step 3 - How to Start? & Taking Stock

December 27, 2017 0 Comments

Go Green in 2017: Step 3 - How to Start?  & Taking Stock


Go Green in 2017 - Step 2 - How Green do you Want to be by Malachite + Elephant


This year, Malachite + Elephant's focus was on "Going Green", we shared our steps to making wiser beauty and wellness choice. We also researched and launched some new clean beauty products to make the switch easier for all of you.

As a reminder the steps were...

In this final GOING GREEN in 2017 blog we take stock by discussing how to when to start? the easy answer is RIGHT NOW! but that's not always possible so here are a few things to take into consideration.


Process of elimination - you may choose to eliminate ...

  • specific ingredient (fragrances, sulfates, parabens, etc) - see previous two GO GREEN Blogs above
or maybe you'll choose to stop using some specific products
  • specific products (relaxer which is a lifestyle change, anti-perspirant which is a time commitment)

In my case, I went totally 'cold turkey' on anti-perspirants and started using only natural deodorants. This was not an easy process and I quickly discovered that I had a sensitivity to deodorants containing baking soda. So I'm really happy that our supplier Mabrook & Co now makes a Sensitive skin Deodorant with no baking soda & also unscented.

I also stopped using a lot of products that list 'fragrances' as an ingredient. To date, there are no North American health regulations governing what is contained in 'fragrances'. This just means you have to do your research, not all of it is bad. We were really happy to also start offering an unscented version of the very popular TGIN  Shea Butter + Olive Oil Soaps.

Armed with all of this knowledge; when do you start? as with any lifestyle change, timing is everything. Two things to consider are budget, what's in your current stash and your lifestyle.

  • Budget - yes, clean & organic products are more expensive but they are often more concentrated and will last much longer. You will have to figure out how much you are willing to spend.
  • Your current stock of products -  this is also linked to how much you are willing to spend. You may chose to purge all the bad stuff others or you may prefer to use up what you currently have before buying new products.
  • Lifestyle - this is definitely a lifestyle change and with anything in life, you may not want to make changes in tumultuous times ( if it's exam time, you should probably focus on that - or during pregnancy may not be the time to make drastic changes)

When you've finally made up your mind, the fun part starts. That's trying all types of new products, researching blogs, sharing what works or doesn't work with friends and maybe even some DIY projects such as our Charcoal Mask.

Overall, this is not a time to commit to - there are so many new brands and interesting products and companies to try and a lot of them offer trial sizes. We only urge you to choose wisely, opt for cruelty-free, ethical companies and makers...and of course Malachite + Elephant is a great start ;) "

So how did you do in 2017? Will you continue on this journey? Are there any new products you'd like Malachite + Elephant to carry. We'd love to hear from you.


À bientôt!




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