May 12, 2022
Living green is not a new concept. In fact, sustainable practices are now, finally because less “what the hippies do” and more “what everyone does” (yay!). One of the industries at both the forefront of environmentally-friendly innovation, and equally one of the greatest contributors to waste is the beauty industry. However, as overwhelming as it may seem, there are some easy ways you can make a big impact in your beauty routine. Read on to find out.
Get amongst reusable makeup pads
Sure, single use is convenient, but it’s also one of the greatest ways to cause waste. Reusable, machine-washable makeup pads like these Ever Eco bamboo reusable facial pads can be used hundreds of times to remove makeup, and as a bonus, they’re actually crafted from a sustainable material (bamboo) too. These particular beauties also offer two sides (one for everyday and a more textured side for stubborn makeup and exfoliation). While we’re on the topic of exfoliation, Ever Eco also offer Muslin Facial Cleaning Cloths, to remove your cleanser, your masks, and give a great, light exfoliation too.
Go retro with a soap bar
The ultimate in no-waste beauty, soap bars can be used until the very, very end. The problem is, they’ve had a bad rep for being stripping and drying to the skin – until now. New variants, like Washpool’s Scent-Free Goat’s Milk Soap Bar and Infinite She’s One Badass Babe Shea Butter Soap contain nourishing ingredients that soothe and moisturise the body so they’re the perfect shower addition.
Switch to a shampoo bar
Since we’re talking no-waste, do you know they make shampoo in solid bars? Genius right? Just lather over your head in the same way you’d use a regular shampoo, except minus all the plastic packaging. We love Badger Balm’s Shampoo Bar, for this very reason.
Ditch single-use sheet masks
Yes, they’re cute and they make for great selfies but they’re certainly no friends of the environment (all go straight into landfill).The good news is you can get the mask benefits and be sustainable with jar masks that still address all your skin concerns. Two of our favourites include Cedar and Stone The Detox One when you need to clear and purify and The Cottage Greenhouse Kaolin Dry Clay Face Mask for soothing and hydration.
Recycle your product packaging
Fun fact: not all of your beauty packaging is recyclable. But companies like Terra Cycle are trying to fix that by stepping in and taking those tricky-to-recycle products off your hands (and, actually recycling them). The recycling is free and funded by brands so you can save up your beauty waste and drop them off to Mecca stores or Priceline’s to clear your cabinet and your consciousness.