It is no secret that the beauty industry is a MAJOR contributor to the overwhelming amount of permanent waste produced annually. It’s not just wasteful packaging that is problematic, but also the production of single-use items we reach for daily!
Even if you may not be a beauty product fanatic, chances are you have some sort of daily skincare routine.
Your skincare regimen may consist of you taking your makeup off and applying toner, but have you ever stopped to think about just how much waste you’re producing just by those simple tasks?
There probably isn't one of us who hasn't glanced at our beloved products and wondered how much of an impact our routines are having on the planet.
Cotton balls and rounds are some of the most commonly used skincare products in daily routines. The problem is once we're done with them, they get tossed into the trash, and that little event happens every single day and or night.
The truly deceptive part of this practice is how innocent the act of buying and using cotton feels. We go to the local store, we pick up another pack of cotton rounds and the environmentally-conscious side of us says, "Hey, it's cool to use these. After all, cotton is something that can be replanted, it’s biodegradable, and it’s one of those sustainable plants, right?"
Actually, you'd be surprised. According to WWF, the amount of water that is needed to create one pound of cotton (about the amount you need to create a white T-Shirt) is the same amount of water one human would drink in a seven-year span (that's if you drink 8 cups of water daily). Whoa! That's a lot of water.
Now consider this... at least we tend to keep and reuse our trusted t-shirts for a lot longer than we do those cotton balls and rounds. So, just imagine how much water we are wasting on single-use cotton products every year.
And about cotton being such a natural and sustainable product to grow for our daily product use; the biggest environmental impact of relying on single-use cotton products is the amount, and toxic quality, of the pesticides that are used to grow the cotton and make it ready for manufacturing. Those pesticides severely deplete soil quality, and that impacts our water systems which affects ourselves, animals, plant life, you get the picture.
Plus…and we don’t want to break your heart, but regular cotton pads actually don't biodegrade because of the excessive bleaching and mixing processes needed to manufacture them. But hey, cheer up!
The good news is, there’s a super easy and sustainable alternative to using cotton pads that won’t compromise your skincare. What is it?
Try replacing your disposable cotton rounds with…wait for it…Bamboo Cotton Rounds.
They are made from a mix of GOTS certified organic cotton and bamboo. Since they are organic, there are no pesticides used in the production of the material.
This fabric is both sustainable and biodegradable.
If they ever start to wear down, they can just be composted.
Yes, you can easily switch your current rounds for ones that are just as soft, save money, and can be washed and reused thousands of times.
- Yes, they feel just like the rounds you’re used to
- Yes, they are perfect for sensitive skin and toner application
- Yes, the terrycloth side is great for exfoliation and stubborn makeup removal
- Yes, they come in an organic cotton laundry bag (No more throwing away plastic!)
- Yes, they are 100% machine washable
- Apply your favorite cleanser, makeup remover, micellar water, moisturizer, or toner to a dampened round.
- Gently buff to remove any and all makeup instantly! Massage into the skin to apply product.
- Rinse after use, then machine wash warm. Tumble or hang dry.
Removing cotton pads from your daily skincare routine is essential if you’re the kind of person who actually cares about the planet and what you can do to protect it. And thankfully there are products that can be delivered to your door that give you all the advantages or what you’re used to, without changing your regular routine.
There’s no need to worry about single-use plastic packaging either. Net Zero Co. is committed to providing you with plastic-free products with zero waste plastic-free packaging & shipping.
If you use one cotton pad in the morning and one at night, you are using a total of 730 per year! That’s easily $50 spent annually on a throwaway, unnecessary product. Choosing reusable facial rounds are a far more cost-effective option in the long-run. More sustainable and easier on the wallet? SIGN ME UP!
Swapping your disposable cotton rounds for reusable cotton rounds, would save around 5,733 gallons of water a year (that's 21,700 liters!). The positive influence has a domino effect when shared with the ones around you. Think about if you told 3 friends about reusable cotton rounds and they make the switch, too.
Think about all the water you’ll be saving together and the amount of waste you will prevent from going to landfills and waterways!
It matters! Practicing sustainability is not about being perfect, but making choices in areas where we can, and spreading the right message. Sustainability is easy when the eco alternative is a win/win situation!
It's time to start making the right choices for you and the world around you. We believe that change begins with you and what you implement in your daily routine. Small daily changes make big differences over time. Here at Net Zero Co., we want nothing more than to be a part of it.