Cosmetic products and plastic have always been a huge problem, but not anymore!
“What’s the point of ‘beauty’ if it only spreads ugliness elsewhere?” asks HiBAR co-founder Dion Hughes.
Single-use plastic packaging (a.k.a the moment in which you unwrapped your new beauty buy) typically gets tossed moments after purchasing, and it has a major environmental impact that lasts for many years.
According to Zero Waste Week, the global cosmetics industry creates 120 billion units of packaging a year. As of 2015, approximately 6,300 metric tons of plastic waste had been generated, and only 9 percent of which was recycled. But that’s not all because this industry plays a role in the loss of 18 acres of forest annually, as many of the cardboard boxes that secure fragrances and serums are sourced unsustainably.
Here are a few tips to help the environment and still have the best skincare routine ever.
1-Reduce anything that’s unnecessary
Something as simple as finishing up a product before purchasing another can mean a lot for the environment.
2-Reuse where you can
Think about it this way: how can you minimize your use of single-use products (disposable items like cotton rounds, sheet masks, and makeup wipes) that are used once and then tossed out?
This is very important not only for these products but also for your daily life. Recycling is going to bring us and the new generations a better future.
4-Look for biodegradable products
Using products with biodegradable materials also falls under the umbrella of zero-waste beauty. Plastic isn’t biodegradable, but will eventually, with enough time (more than 400 years), ‘degrade’ into smaller bits of plastic, it’s clear that we need to find another way non-plastic related.
5-Use multipurpose products
One of the main pillars of zero-waste beauty is to limit the number of products used. Using multipurpose products that serve more than one function (think: a stain that can be used on the lips and cheeks) is a more sustainable option than buying multiple products. (Plus, it makes getting ready during busy mornings more manageable and less time-consuming.)