If you are all for the environment you probably already know that environmentally friendly beauty is not only about cosmetics and its natural ingredients but also about the amount of produced waste and used energy. The first example that comes to my mind is single-use face masks. But this is a subject for a next post. In this post, I will focus on plastic waste and what can be done to reduce it. If you want to transition into environmentally friendly beauty follow these simple steps:
Put attention to packaging – buy glass
The best solution is to buy products in glass containers. Unlike plastic, glass can be recycled over and over again. Another option is to clean the glass and give it a second life. You can use it as a container for spices, buttons or even as a travel size plane liquid container. If you have an artistic side you can think of creating small decorations, tiny flower pots or use it as an original packaging for your best friend birthday gift. I bet your kids will love these containers too. They can play with them or help you with new ideas of how to reuse them.
Choose recyclable plastic
Even though there is plenty of eco-friendly beauty products on the market I am aware that sometimes not all of them are available in the glass. If you don’t have any other choice than buying plastic choose packaging that can be easily recycled. Just for your information, not all plastics can be recycled. There are few different types of plastics which have to be sorted before recycling process. Below you can see types of plastics and list of products that can be made after recycling.
Opt for big containers
Big products create less waste, last longer and are cheaper (in €/l). Also, it is easier to reuse big plastic containers. I had a couple of 2l shower gel bottles and I used them as jugs to water plants in my living room. After small adjustments, you can also use them as a container for tools, desk organizer, plant pots etc.
Shop brands that use recycled packaging
There are a lot of brands that REALLY care about the environment and they choose recycled plastic for packaging. Most of the times brands like to brag about it so you will definitely see it on the label.
Buy metal razor
If you still use single-use plastic razors you have to rethink it and try metal ones. Even if you are using a razor where you only have to change the head with blades (the hand is multiple use till it does not break) there is still plastic around those blades. Probably you are using one plastic razor a month, in a year it is already 12 razors! For sure at the beginning, you will have to get used to the metal razor but isn’t it worth it for the clean environment?
Use soap bars instead of liquid hand wash
They last longer, are cheaper and are wrapped in less packaging = less waste.
Use 2in1 products
Try 2in1 shampoo and conditioner. Use body lotion as your hand lotion (there is really no difference in ingredients).
Maybe these ideas seem simple and obvious but I can assure you that if you will implement them in your every day life the amount of plastic you recycle every week will shrink. If you have more ideas on how to reduce your plastic use in your beauty routine please let me know in comments. I will be happy to listen and incorporate some new ideas into my life.
Yours environmentally friendly friend,