Towards sustainable beauty: On choosing biodegradable and effective products

Towards sustainable beauty: On choosing biodegradable and effective products

Choosing what’s good for your skin and good for the environment was something we would have never thought of in the past. It is high time we started finding new ways of recycling empty beauty products.

Plastic pollution is a huge environmental problem and personal care products are one of the main polluters, that is why brands are trying to make formulas, packaging entirely biodegradable.

What is biodegradable?

Choosing what’s good for your skin and good for the environment was something we would have never thought of in the past. It is high time we started finding new ways of recycling empty beauty products.

If the packaging is biodegradable, it can be broken down by microorganisms over time –this is not a very helpful definition, because most things will eventually break down, the problem is how much time it takes. Thus, for plastic to be certified as biodegradable in the EU and UK, materials must ensure it’s free from potentially harmful metals and chemicals, it must be biodegradable and the compost itself should not pose any hazard for the environment.

Biodegradable materials:

Bamboo, plant-based bioplastic, seaweed, hemp and coconut husk.

What is compostable?

It is the ability of the material to break down completely within a specific time frame –usually 12 weeks, pretty amazing, right?

Compostable materials

Paper, straw, cardboard, brown paper bags, sugarcane pulp (bagasse), corn starch, palm leaf and wood pulp.

Best biodegradable and compostable beauty products

Blue Heron Botanicals Tinted Lip Therapy

Blue Heron Botanicals Tinted Lip Therapy. Courtsy of the brand.

It is an amazing lip tint derived from shea and cocoa butter, highly nourishing and best of all! it comes in a tube made of recycled paper and it is completely compostable.

Biodegradable scrunchies

Biodegradable scrunchies

Did you know you could get a scrunchie that can decompose in your compost bin? Well, you can, it is package free and they are made from organic cotton and natural rubbers.

Zero-Waste Reusable Swab

Zero-Waste Reusable Swab

Q-tips are thrown away every day. If you get this reusable swab, not only can you can it to correct your makeup or to clean your ears, but also you’ll be saving money and helping the environment as they are made of non-toxic materials and their case is biodegradable.

Solid shampoo

Solid shampoo

They are often scented with essential oils, package-free and they are great for your hair!

Reusable cotton and bamboo makeup pads

Reusable cotton and bamboo makeup pads

You can remove your makeup or apply your toner knowing that you won’t be adding up more waste to your landfill.

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