When it comes to saving the environment, every little bit helps. From using recyclable products to planting trees, it is important to take small steps to save the planet. Switching off your lights and minimising the use of your car are only a few ways of protecting the planet. We may not realise it but the beauty industry leave a huge carbon footprint on the earth and a switch to a sustainable lifestyle reduce the impact on the environment. Sustainability is a beauty buzzword right now but being a little eco-friendlier with our beauty choices is more than just a fad - it's the right thing to do for the future of our planet. Shopping consciously and with sustainability in mind doesn't need to be hard. Here are six ways to give your beauty routine a sustainable makeover
Make Your Beauty Routine More Sustainable With These Simple Ways
1. Recycle Jars And Containers
The empty jars and containers of your favourite serums, moisturisers and cleansers don't have to go to waste, as they can be reused in a variety of ways. They can also be used to store things such as cotton swabs, bobby pins, and hair ties. Also, many stores offer incentives for you to return your empty packaging so the staff can recycle it on your behalf. You can also upcycle certain products by getting a little crafty. Consider using an old jar or bottle as a DIY makeup brush holder. By now, you hopefully know that recycling is important.
2. Remove Makeup Guilt-Free
Wipes are a saviour. These single-use products contribute to landfills in whopping numbers. Thanks to our stringent morning and night-time CTM routines, we tend to burn through the pack after pack of cotton pads too. You can switch to reusable cotton pads or terry cloth ones are a great eco-friendly option for removing your makeup. Post cleaning your makeup, throw them in for a wash and they'll be as good as new. It's so easy to use and won't have any environmental repercussions.
3. Reach For Beauty Bars
The humble bar of soap has undergone a makeover, and it's gaining some serious momentum. Rich in natural, sustainably sourced ingredients, the new slew of beauty bars are not only good for your skin and hair but many are packaged in recyclable cardboard and minimal packaging, making them friendlier to the environment.
4. Multi-Tasking Products
One of the best ways to cut down on waste is to use multi-tasking products. By using a single product that addresses two things instead of one, you're not only simplifying your beauty routine but also saving on waste, packaging and plastic usage. A highlighter palette can easily double up as a shimmery shadow, some cleansers do both the work of cleaning and exfoliating. Make the most of those double-duty products to cut down on consumption as well as to avoid hoarding endless tubes and jars.
5. Try A Natural Deodorant
The average antiperspirant is packed with aluminium and chemicals like parabens and synthetic perfumes, so it isn't exactly great for Mother Nature. If you're looking for a greener approach, try a natural deodorant. Designed to keep you smelling fresh throughout the day, there are now a whole heap of next-gen natural and aluminium-free deodorants that actually work.
6. Seek For Eco-Friendly Packaging
Packaging can play a big role in the amount of waste caused by your beauty routine. However, many beauty brands call themselves to be eco-friendly only to be later found with products coming wrapped in plastics. These acts of greenwashing is a huge no-no. Try to choose skincare products that come in glass bottles as much as possible. It's a simple step and luckily so many serums and creams come in glass packaging nowadays so it's a pretty easy rule to live by. Plant-based plastics and natural cork are other biodegradable materials that are now being used for packaging.
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