How to Reduce Waste in Your Beauty Routine
The zero-waste community is now getting bigger that many people (including you) are doing the eco-lifestyle that surely can help the environment. While most of us have got a reminder to avoid plastic straw and shopping bags, our beauty shelf could also do some practice.
An evaluated 120 billion units of packaging (mostly are not recyclable) are produced every year by the global beauty industry. Scientists suggest that by 2050, about 12,000 metric tons of plastic waste will be in landfills or the natural environment.
The good news is, more and more beauty brands are starting to make a change about this issue. And as consumers, we should take a step to help the change to happen. Here are some practical ideas to reduce waste for your beauty routine:
Buy less packaging
Lately, the "naked" packaging has become easier to find. It's time to trade the bulky plastic shampoo bottle or shower gel with plastic-free products such as shampoo and soap bars.
Discard the disposable
Besides being able to save a lot of money, using sustainable tools will help reduce beauty waste. For example, replace plastic razors with a Bamboo Safety Razor. Stop buying single-use cleansing wipes, and switch to reusable Bamboo Cotton Pad that you can use almost forever. Also, consider using Bamboo Toothbrushes instead of plastic ones.
Reuse and recycle
Many beauty brands use glass as packaging - and most of the time, they are very cute looking. So why don't we take advantage of this by giving them another purpose to stay in your vanity! For example, reuse the cream packaging jar for a home-made aromatic candle, or turn the lotion bottle into a flower vase.
See also: An A-to-Z of Sustainability Tips
Learn the label
With the amount of transparency that brands show nowadays, it's easier for us to track what's inside the product. Aside from being concern about the clean ingredients, let's also pay attention to harsh materials that could be harmful to nature, such as plastic microbeads that are commonly found in exfoliators. You can try the natural konjac sponge for a healthier and zero-waste solution.
Make yourself a customizable product
Technology is our best friend when it comes to research. There are tons of recipes on DIY home-made cosmetics and skincare. From lip balm to body oil, eyeshadow to shampoo, the ingredients are all yours to decide.
Because small things matter, together we can #bethechange and inspire other people! Thank you for being so beautiful and thoughtful!