You may worry that your beauty routine is harming the environment with all the packaging, single-use products, and harsh man-made chemicals. However, there are plenty of ways to make your daily routine more green and reduce harmful emissions.
Here are three simple tips to make your beauty routine more eco-friendly today:
1. Reduce plastic waste
Plastic waste is having a hugely detrimental impact on our planet. We produce a colossal 300 million tonnes of plastic waste every year and around 8 million tonnes of this ends up in our oceans. This is harming ocean life and causing serious harm to aquatic environments. The worst part is that most plastics are non-biodegradable, meaning the volume of plastic in our environment is growing year on year. You can help reduce plastic waste in your beauty routine by avoiding using disposable plastic. For instance, make sure that you purchase a metal reusable razor, rather than opting for disposable razors made from plastic.
You can also reduce plastic waste in your beauty routine by purchasing solid shampoo and conditioner bars, choosing a wooden hairbrush, and buying skincare products in glass or paper containers rather than plastic packaging.
2. Buy online and order in bulk
Purchasing your beauty products online can be a simple way to reduce carbon emissions while saving you both time and money. According to a recent study, e-commerce produces around 30% less CO2 emissions than traditional retail methods. You can further reduce the environmental impact of shopping by purchasing items in bulk to help reduce the carbon emissions associated with transport.
Try to wait until you need several items, and then order them at the same time and request that they are delivered in one package. This is better for the environment and should also save you money as you will only need to pay the postage fee once. Keep a lookout for deals and order your beauty products in bulk when prices are low. For instance, you can find an excellent range of cosmetics, skincare products, and discount fragrance online.
Always try and choose the largest sizing possible to reduce packaging and unnecessary waste i.e. order a 100ml perfume rather than a 30ml bottle. Often, larger volumes are far better value and you will need to replace them less often, making them even more eco-friendly.
3. Recycle in store
Fortunately, many stores now offer great incentives for you to return your empty packaging to the store. For example, the Back to MAC campaign rewards customers with a free lipstick after they have returned six empty containers to the store. The best part is, you don’t even need to worry about recycling the empty containers as the staff will do it for you. Remember that not all beauty brands offer this service, so it’s still important to recycle your used beauty products and packaging at home.
You can purchase a recycling bin to place in your bathroom with separate sections for different items. This will encourage you and your family to separate and recycle your bathroom products efficiently.