In the world of beauty, you have many options: Recycle containers from your shampoo/conditioner, skin-care or makeup products; educate yourself about botanical ingredients; and use products that create less waste. For each of the following beauty insiders, these actions are integral to their daily work ethic. Whether they're trying to improve the world by contributing less to overburdened landfills or by spreading knowledge about how to -- respectfully -- tap the planet's riches to look beautiful, these pioneers from different sectors of the beauty business all serve Mother Nature.
A champion for the planet
John Paul DeJoria, chairman and CEO of John Paul Mitchell Systems
John Paul DeJoria's Tips for Happiness
• Get your hair cut, styled or blown out at a salon.
"Self-esteem starts at the top," says DeJoria. One of his favorite Paul Mitchell hair-care products: Tea Tree Special Shampoo ($9; call 800-321-JPMS for salons near you), which "literally makes your scalp tingle," thanks to oil from the tea-tree plant.
Starting your day off with a smile makes all the difference, says DeJoria, who adds: "Happiness should come first, health second and wealth third."
• Read Be Nice (or Else!)
by Winn Claybaugh (Von Curtis Pub., 2004), a book about making kindness a part of your daily life. "This book makes you feel good instantly," says DeJoria.