Lasting Beauty Routine Swaps
We humans produce a lot of waste – nearly 300 million tonnes or about five pounds per person per day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. And although many of us now regularly recycle plastic and glass containers and other materials, about half of all municipal waste still ends up in landfills. Unfortunately, beauty packaging is probably a big part of it. According to Zero Waste Week, more than 120 billion units of cosmetic packaging were produced worldwide in 2018 alone.
The good news is, it’s easier than ever to reduce your family’s environmental footprint, especially when it comes to your beauty routine. We’ve rounded up five of the easiest trades you can make that won’t sacrifice style (or results!) In the name of durability.
Garnier Whole Blends Honey Treasures Regenerating Shampoo Bar
Want to raise the bar higher in your regular shower routine? Consider swapping your shampoo for these innovative bars. Available in four varieties for various hair needs: Honey Treasures (nourishes dry and damaged hair), Coconut Oil & Aloe Vera (hydrates normal hair and is also sulfate free), Oat Delicacy (softens fine to normal hair) and Ginger Recovery (help strengthen fragile hair) – these solid shampoos cleanse and lather strands like liquid shampoo, but without the plastic wrap. Instead, they come in a cardboard box certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and last up to 40 washes. Besides zero plastic packaging, other things you habit find in these practical bars: silicones, preservatives, soap or dyes. All you have left is soft, well-groomed and gorgeous hair.
Ren Atlantic Kelp Magnesium Anti-Fatigue Body Cream
Already an environmental star for its use of recycled ocean plastic bottles and other sustainable ingredients, packaging and practices, Ren Clean Skincare has now partnered with the Loop Company to offer its products in refillable glass containers. How it works: Buy from the Loop website and they’ll send you a full-size container in a reusable shipping “tote”. When you are done with the product, return the empty container to the tote, schedule a pickup, or drop it off for shipping. Loop then professionally cleans it and refills it, then sends the full bottle back to you, “closing the loop”. And while there’s a slight extra, it’s only around $ 0.60 an ounce.
EcoTools Bioblender Biodegradable Makeup Sponge
According to EcoTools, a traditional makeup sponge that you could use for a few months can take around 50 years to break down. Not this one. According to the brand, it’s made up of water, corn, and other naturally occurring ingredients, and they claim it can be composted in your household trash and will degrade over 75% in just 180 days. Plus, it has plenty of five-star reviews, so you can also expect it to perform wonderfully whether you use it wet for a dewy application or dry for full coverage and touch-ups.
9 Piece Makeup Eraser Wanderlust Set
Disposable cleansing and makeup remover wipes are super convenient and also produce a ton of waste. The truth is, however, that it doesn’t really hurt to switch to a reusable cloth instead and just toss it in the washing machine with your weekly load. This set gives you seven small cloths made with tiny fibers on one side that suck up dirt, makeup and oil and longer fibers on the other that exfoliate. And while you have to spend more up front than you would on disposable rags, you save money and waste in the long run; each wipe lasts three to five years and replaces 3,600 makeup wipes.
Mob Beauty Build a palette
How many palettes do you currently have where you’ve only used one or two shades and the rest you barely touch? MOB Beauty lets you customize your own reusable / refillable palette with a wide variety of shades and product categories including eyeshadows, cream blushes, powder blushes, highlighters, bronzers and liners, all ready to mix and match. Plus, each refillable pallet (like all MOB packaging) is made from 100% PET resin, which is the most easily recyclable plastic available today. Another bonus: think about the space and money you will save by having a full palette with only your best favorite shades!
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