Green challenges

Green challenges

Thinking global and acting local, Julie Grundy takes on any challenge we throw at her.

Your cosmetics challenge

Friday, 2 September 2011

If you're a loyal customer of a cosmetics company that uses petroleum-based cosmetics, why not use that to persuade them to change their ways?

No poo

What would you do without shampoo?

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

One way we can reduce our consumption of petrochemical-filled body care products is to use less of them in the first place. I'm not suggesting we stop bathing altogether, though!

Decorative soaps in a basket

What can we do with our un-green cosmetics?

Sunday, 14 August 2011

I've got a stash of un-eco-friendly soaps and bath bubbles given to me as a gift. Should I use them or give them away? It's a sticky issue.

Rows of soaps and bath fizzes in a store

More tips for choosing eco-friendly cosmetics

Sunday, 14 August 2011

As we work on our petroleum-based cosmetics challenge, it’s good to see if there’s any useful tips we can get from our previous challenges. Let's look at packaging, buying in bulk, and multi-purpose products.

Manly cosmetics

Sunday, 7 August 2011

My last few posts have been on the girly side: makeup and body scrubs and essential oils. That doesn’t mean you fellas are off the hook though - I know you’re using a few bathroom products too!

My ingredients

Putting DIY bath products to the test

Friday, 5 August 2011

Today I tried out a few homemade body care ideas. After a few false starts, it turned out pretty well. I’d love to hear more tried and true ideas from our readers - let us know if you’ve got a favourite DIY makeup or bath recipe.

Woman reading the back of a shampoo bottle

Where to find eco-friendly cosmetics

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Did you find as many petroleum-based cosmetics in your bathroom as I did? If so, here's how to find some eco-friendly replacements.

A row of lipsticks

How much petroleum is hiding in your cosmetics? Let’s find out.

Monday, 25 July 2011

Take a look at the labels on your cosmetics - do they have byproducts of the petrol-making process in there? Our challenge this month is to ditch those and find some eco-friendly and healthy replacements.

Lord Stern and a fireman

Who supports a carbon price? More people than you'd think!

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

You might be surprised which groups support the new carbon tax which starts next year - it's not just greenies and scientists. Find out who else thinks there are benefits to getting on with pricing carbon...

Gift wrapped in recycled material

Do people give you eco-themed gifts?

Thursday, 14 July 2011

It’s my birthday next weekend, so I’ve been thinking about gift-giving this week. Do people give you eco-themed gifts? I’ve received a few over the years, but not as many as you might think.

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