BEAUTY AND POLLUTION
The beauty industry is ballooning. There’s a new product or a new brand every day. Being in this industry is a hot topic right now. But do you know what comes with a new product or a new brand…. plastic!!! However, there’s a shift in beauty producers to produce sustainable beauty products.
According to Zero Waste reports, over 120 billion units of packaging are produced every year by the global cosmetics industry, much of which is not recyclable. Most of the products use plastic as their primary packaging then they also use plastic for secondary packaging, wrappings, paper inserts, cardboard sleeves, foam, mirrored glass and more, sometimes all present in one purchase. And after its use, we dump all the plastic which would not recycle. There’s a massive landfill of all the plastic mixed with other garbage that will take over 1000 years to decompose.
However, it’s not just plastic that’s the problem with the beauty industry, but the vast water waste. Many people are shifting towards a ‘cleansing reduction’ movement concerned with showering and bathing less.
There’s a shift in approach towards saving the environment by some brands which provide environment-friendly products.
What does an environment-Friendly product mean?
Some people may think eco-friendly products are nothing but plastic-free products. But in reality, it means much more of it. Many brands are moving towards sustainability and thus they have launches sustainable beauty products. The sustain-ability of products can be achieved either in the product’s ingredients or the business practices by brands.
- An eco-friendly product must use natural or organic substances.
- Should be vegan.
- It must be cruelty-free.
- Should not test it on animals.
- Do not use palm oil.
- The commodity must have recyclable packaging or none would be the best option.
- Ensuring that the brand is following Sustainable purchasing & packaging practices.
- The brand should consider the wastewater management system.
- The companies should be able to calculate the carbon offsets and reduce the same.
- Using renewable energy.
- Should provide a strategic sustainability plan or mission.
SOME SUSTAINABLE BEAUTY PRODUCTS
Face Halo The Modern Makeup Remover
Face holo uses as they say “Halo-tech fiber” in each pad which gently removes the makeup. Each pad should be laundered after using and can withstand up to 200 washes per pad, replacing approximately 500 makeup wipes.
Burt’s bees beeswax lip balm
The company creates cosmetics and personal care products, and besides natural, organic ingredients, it has a “no-waste” manufacturing policy. They rely on botanical oils, herbs, and beeswax to come up with their world-recognized products.
Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair
Aveda uses 100% PCR PET, now over 85% of its containers are of 100% PCR materials. It has raised £49m for environmental initiatives since 1999 and from 2021 all its products will be vegan (its haircare already is) and its new launches will be silicone-free. Working with the nonprofit organization charity: water, Aveda provides access to clean water for people in India, Nepal, Madagascar, and Ethiopia–from where the brand ethically sources ingredients.
Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Tinted Moisturiser SPF40
Its Return to Origins recycling scheme invites customers to take empty packaging from any brand to UK counters, to be washed, shredded and transformed into plastic pellets, which can be used in anything from new packaging to street signs. The scheme has processed over 1.2 tonnes of empties since 2010.
Lush Mask of Magnaminty Face and Body Mask
Sustainable packaging is always a part of the bargain with Lush since the brand works with the Urban Resource group to convert post-consumer waste into its recycled bottles and black pots.
Love Beauty & Planet Argan Oil & Lavender Smooth & Serene Leave-In Smoothie Cream
Love, Beauty, and Planet contribute $40 per carbon ton to a carbon tax fund, it says, which then goes to programs that help to reduce emissions and landfill waste. While the brand’s bottles are made from entirely recycled materials, its caps and pumps are not, so it’s committed to using at least 50 percent recycled plastic for them by 2020. That’ll be a big year for the brand: By 2020, it’s aiming to reduce its carbon footprint by 20 percent and draw entirely from certified-sustainable sources.
A Good Company
The toothbrushes thrown away each year in the US alone could stretch around the planet four times, and the composite plastics used to render them are unrecyclable. This is a compelling alternative, using sustainable bamboo grown without chemicals or pesticides and compostable bristles.
Lola Organic Cotton Tampons
Lola tampons use 100% certified organic cotton in their period products. No toxins, dyes, or synthetic fibers can be found in them. Thus, it’s not only comfortable for women but also an organic option for them.
Yes to Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Wipes
Yes to Cucumbers wipes are 95% natural. They are cruelty-free, non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic and formulated without oil, SLS or parabens. These facial wipes are affordable and are made with biodegradable, plant-based fibers; FSC certified fabric.
WHY USE ECO-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS?
Use eco-friendly products because of only 3 reasons-
- Environmental responsibility of a person,
- Long-term health benefit (no harms on the skin) and
- Increased effectiveness.
SUSTAINABLE BEAUTY TIPS
- Recycle jars and containers of masks and creams.
- Try using more of multitasking products–
- Try a lip and cheek stain.
- Good beeswax lip balm can also be used to soften and moisturize cuticles,
- Cleansing oil that acts as a makeup remover,
- Think 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner.
- If you try a product and find it’s not for you, why not give it to someone else for them to try out, rather than throwing it away.
- Finished a tube of mascara? After cleaning them, they can be donated or used to brush your brows or lash extensions!
- Bring reusable shopping bags. Choose paper over plastic bags.
- Ladies, try a menstrual cup instead of regular pads and tampons.
- Don’t throw away your dirty beauty blender, just cut it into half and Voila! You just got a nice clean side.
- Reach out for products with minimum packaging.
- Dispose of your regular razors and try stainless steel safety razors
- Seek makeup brushes, applicators, and hairbrushes made from recycled or sustainable materials such as bamboo. Avoid brushes with real animal hair, and instead, look for synthetic bristles.
- Be careful of the amount you’re using of a product. A small amount of product goes a long way! Again, this will save you money and helping you to cut back on waste.
- Recycling programs offered by brands such as MAC, Lush, Origins and Kiehl’s offer their own makeup return programs whereby you receive a free product when returning old ones.
- Don’t throw away your sheet mask after use. Extract the serum and apply it to the hands, neck, and feet.
- While taking a bath, add your laundry too and try to wash it with cold water thus saving bills and warm water
- Opt for glass instead of plastic packaging.
Some other tips for your daily savings
- Turn off tv rather than leaving it on standby
- Unplug the charger when it is fully charged.
- Bring your cutlery- try switching to metal straws than a plastic one.
- Try to fix and repair rather than throwing away.
Drive change with your buying habits and make others change too. Bring positivity and good for the environment by purchasing a sustainable beauty product. Take a small step might lead to a bigger step tomorrow for a brighter future.
READ ABOUT BASIC SKINCARE ROUTINE HERE.