A sustainable mindset is something that has crept into the consciousness of many over the past few years. Slowly, we have started swapping plastic straws for reusable ones; bringing our own cups when going for take-away coffee; and always carrying a shopping tote when getting groceries. But an area that’s often overlooked when it comes to sustainable readjustments is the bathroom. And unjustly so, as this is where a large chunk of your disposable plastic consumption goes. If you are looking to make your beauty routine more sustainable, now is a good time to start with more brands than ever committed to cracking the sustainability code. The market for eco-friendly alternatives is growing, meaning you won’t have to compromise on quality when making a sustainable swap. Here are five ways to reduce your waste and greenify your beauty supply.
A simple way to take your beauty cabinet in a more sustainable direction is to opt for refillable products. A concept that has really taken off in the beauty industry with more and more brands offering refills – even supreme beauty brand La Prairie has joined the revolution introducing refills of its Radiance Collection. And the bonus of packaging made to last? Oftentimes it’s very aesthetically pleasing, so you will want to hold on to these products for years to come.
Solid soap is officially reemerging on the beauty scene with all kinds of shapes, forms and purposes available. Going solid doesn’t only mean saving on packaging, it only means avoiding toxic and harsh ingredients – essentially making solid soaps a win-win both for you and your carbon footprint. And they are just as hygienic as a liquid soap as long as you keep the bar dry inbetween use.
Our beauty regimen used to be filled with disposable plastic products counting cotton pads, cotton swabs, wipes, single-use razors etc. But today, more and more alternatives are popping up, eliminating all excuses for still choosing the traditional climate-harming products. And in the long-run, swapping disposables for reusables is not only beneficial for the environment but for your bank account, too.
While ‘what’s good for you is good for the environment’ is not a completely waterproof argument, scouting for natural products could be another way to greenify your beauty routine. Go for products like aluminum-free deodorants or sunscreens that don’t contain toxic ingredients known to harm coral reefs. Once you have tricked off the natural ingredients box, labels like eco-friendly, cruelty-free and waste-reduced will often follow.
If you have your heart set on a beauty product that hasn’t made the realm of sustainability yet, it is not off limits, just make sure you recycle it correctly once it’s empty. It might be difficult to crack the recycle scheme of your neighborhood, but beauty’s plastic problem is also largely to do with the fact that most beauty empties simply don't make it into a recycling scheme, as it’s deemed inconvenient. However, it can feel as too much pressure as a consumer, if you wish to instead purchase from brands committed to giving back to nature Chantecaille and Caudalíe should be at the top of your list.