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Image Courtesy of: Dressed Up Nails

Being eco-friendly is not always easy, and I definitely conform to some practices that are frowned on by environmentalists, and even myself. I’m going to write a confession, though it really isn’t much of one considering it is widely known among those in my life: I love nail art. I do my nails multiple times a week, yet every time I do them I get this guilty feeling because I know that this is harmful not only to my own body, but to the environment. And while the best option for the environment and my own well-being would be to forgo the nail polish all together, this is not something that I am actually willing to do. Nail art for me is more than pretty hands; it is a form of self-expression, and a stress outlet.

So what can us ladies who can’t get enough of nail art do, besides abstain from its use altogether? Here are a few tips:

  1. Use brands that do not use all or some of the toxic trio – formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate – brands that have phased out the use of these chemicals include: OPI, Sally Hansen, and Orly.
  2. Apply nail polish in an open space, preferably outside or in a well-ventilated room, so that you are breathing in less of the chemicals.
  3. Dispose of your nail polish in a responsible manner. This means that you are not to throw it out with the rest of your garbage, it should be disposed of the same way you dispose of batteries – with the hazardous waste department.
  4. Try a non-toxic nail polish, such as Zoya, while these polishes are not completely environmentally friendly, they are a step-up from the other drug store brands.

These are just a few tips on how to be a little more eco-chic.

Written by: Mollie McTavey Nalven, ECOBAGS® Brand Advocate