Tips for Creating a Sustainable Beauty Routine
Sustainable beauty is an extremely hot topic right now, with many brands and consumers making those ever-so-important sustainable product switches to help keep our planet happy and healthy and their routines eco-friendly. As June 17th is Plastic Free Beauty Day, it’s the perfect time to revamp our everyday beauty routines and make them as sustainable as possible.
If you don’t know where to start when it comes to sustainability, here are five easy-to-follow tips that will help you create the perfect beauty routine that is both kind to your skin, as well as planet earth.
5 Tips for Creating a Sustainable Beauty Routine
Use Vegan and Cruelty-Free Formulas
Thankfully, there has been a huge shift in the formulas of many beauty products, with many brands now prioritizing vegan and cruelty-free to match consumer demands and help protect the planet.
However, it’s important to note that if a product is vegan, it may not be cruelty-free and vice versa. When looking to buy make-up or eco-friendly skin and body care, make sure you check their green credentials onsite or on the packaging.
If a product is both vegan and cruelty free, this means no animal has been harmed or distressed in the production and testing stages.
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Look for Plastic-Free Packaging
Unfortunately, it’s been reported that only 37% of plastic collected is actually recyclable by UK governments, meaning a whopping 63% may not be reused, consequently polluting the planet.
Plastic packaging will be a thing of the past since more and more incredibly innovative packaging materials are being produced. From bamboo to biodegradable cardboard, there’s really no need to consume single-use plastic moving forward.
Cutting down on the consumption of single-use plastic is one of the best ways to become more sustainable in everyday life as it reduces the amount of non-biodegradable waste that sits in landfill sites.
Reuse, Reuse, Reuse!
Whilst beauty products tend to have expiry dates, beauty tools, such as make-up remover pads don’t. By investing in reusable makeup remover pads that can be washed and reused you’re helping to drastically reduce waste.
Alternatively, to go the extra mile, when you have used up a product, you can reuse it. For example, you can wash a mascara wand for shaping your eyebrows. Giving a product a second life is a great way to save the planet.
Refill Where You Can
Refillable beauty products are up and coming with so many great brands. These brands are creating reusable packaging that you can refill either in store or purchase online.
Reusing original packaging cuts out so much waste and gives a quality product an infinite amount of uses. For example, you can now refill perfume bottles, shampoo and conditioners, dental floss, and even lipsticks.
Refillable products not only save plastic, but they reduce the amount of CO2 produced too. This is a win-win when trying to be sustainable.
Keep It Simple and Sustainable
Don’t overcomplicate your beauty routine! Stick to your cult favorites that you know work for you, and you’ll be sure to use up.
Often with current consumer culture, it’s tempting to always want the next best thing that hits the shelves. However, this leads to huge amounts of waste as beauty products expire.
This waste then ends up in landfills or flushed away into our oceans. This can contaminate water and marine life, which are both crucial parts of our ecosystem.
Remember – simplicity is key when it comes to sustainable beauty. Cheers to Plastic Free Beauty Day!