It's easy to feel really helpless about food waste. Especially as supermarkets are throwing away at least 300,000 tonnes of food waste a year.
Beauty products can be just as much of a minefield, what with the issues behind animal testing, plastic packaging and, of course, the use of ingredients that are less than good for the planet.
Biochemist and entrepreneur Terence Chung has got the answer to your problems.
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During his time as a school teacher, it became clear to Terence that it was important to young people to be sustainable, but when it came to their cosmetics, they didn't know where to start.
"In a lesson one day everyone got their cosmetics out of their bags, and we realised none of them were sustainable. Brands may say that their products are green or natural, but if they really are they're likely to be premium, and therefore expensive."
After looking into it, Terence realised that a sustainable cosmetic brand was absolutely possible, without charging a huge amount for a stick of lip balm. The majority of cosmetics also contain finite resources such as petrol ingredients and crude oil – so he wanted to find a way to use fruit waste in his products, so that the entire process was environmentally friendly.
"The idea was to make things sustainable and affordable at the same time. We hope cosmetics like this will be the norm in the future, not just things that you can only afford if you are wealthy," he tells us.
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The fruit waste is imported from factories in Italy and France that don't have a sustainable plan for their leftover fruit. Fruu are currently working out of Terence's spare room, manufacturing their lip balms from lemon seed and watermelon oils, mango butter and – most amazingly of all – skins and leftover chunks of avocado.
"Waste avocado is pressed into the oil that goes into guacamole and we put that straight into our avocado lip balm. Thirty per cent of a mango stone can also be used to make an oil that goes into our lip balms. It's amazing what you can use," Terence says.
He is adamant that the reason that more brands don't commit to a more sustainable policy is the added expense it comes with. But with his lip balms being £2.99 a pop, Terence insists that Fruu is setting an example and putting pressure on bigger brands to make the effort.
"More established cosmetic brands are definitely stuck in their ways, but we are sending out the sustainable message now. It can be done," he tells us.
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Terence has it all planned out. In the next twelve months, he plans to make Fruu's packaging recyclable, and his long term plans include setting up own fruit processing facilities, so he can source fruit waste from within the UK.
But for now, he will continue to produce these delicious beauty miracles from his spare room, pushing for greener beauty products.
"This is a first step for driving people to think about how fruit waste can be used. Hopefully, it'll be a drive for change in how cosmetics are made across the industry," he says.
After all, you'd be hard-pushed to think of a more delicious sounding beauty product than an all-natural avocado lip balm. And if it's also helping you do your bit to save the planet, we'd call that a double victory.