Zero Waste Beauty Tips

A regular part of our daily lives is our beauty and grooming routine. This everyday ritual is probably second nature for many of us, and you’d be forgiven for not thinking about the impact it has on the environment.

But every year, the cosmetics industry around the world produces 120 billion units of packaging. 

We reckon you may want to take some action to help make your beauty routine more sustainable and eco-friendlier. Here are our top tips for a sustainable beauty routine and being kinder to the planet.

1. Reusable Facial Pads

Made of organic cotton/flannel, hemp, or bamboo, these washable pads replace the disposable variety and are used to remove makeup. You can also simply use any micro-fiber cloth and wash it weekly. 

2. Razors

You can also swap your Disposable razor for a more sustainable option, stainless steel safety razor. These razors are free of plastic and a great investment – if you care for them, they can last a lifetime. While you still have to change the metal blades and throw the old ones away, they can be recycled. At the same time, you’re avoiding contributing to plastic pollution!

3. Refillable Containers

Some shampoo and Conditioner come in refillable stainless-steel containers. It's a brilliant green business model that makes zero waste more accessible. You can also reuse your bottle for other purposes such as storage or DIY cleaners instead of dumping them to end up in landfills.

4. Homemade Makeup 

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5. Plastic-Free Dental Floss

Conventional dental floss has a Teflon-like substance coating it that exposes users to toxic PFCs, not to mention the waste issue. Compostable natural floss solves these issues, this vegan version is made from part bamboo, part polyester with candelilla wax.

6. Use Eco-Friendly tools

Seek makeup brushes, applicators, and hairbrushes made from recycled or sustainable materials such as bamboo. Avoid brushes with real animal hair, and instead, look for synthetic bristles.

7. Soap and Shampoo bars

Soap and Shampoo bars are a great way to reduce your environmental impact. They can be used for your hair and body, meaning you don’t need to buy any plastic bottles for your shower at all. They also tend to last longer. There are plenty to choose from, so regardless of your preference of scent, you’re sure to find one you like. 

8. Switch to a reef-friendly sunscreen

Sunscreen has a massive negative impact on our reefs and marine life. Tons of sunscreen wash into the oceans each year, even if you don’t swim after putting on sunscreen, it can wash down the drain and into the ocean when you shower. To protect your skin and coral life, natural sunscreens are more reef-friendly than chemical sunscreens. 

9. Use biodegradable hair accessories 

Biodegradable scrunchies are now a thing. Completely compostable, they aren’t just better for the environment, but they’re good for your hair, too. They use soft material that won’t damage your strands and they’re completely snag-free.

10. Donate Beauty products.

Products you no longer use can be given to close friends and family before they expire rather than ending up in a landfill. Everyone's got products that they've used a couple of times and decided they aren’t quite right from them. Instead of stashing these makeup and skincare items in the back of your beauty drawer, see if any of your friends or family members would be interested in trying them out. It will save you from throwing out an unused product and save them from having to buy something new. 

11. Go to physical stores rather than shopping online. 

If you can access a store that stocks what you're after, shopping at the store rather than online is a very simple way to cut down on packaging. For extra brownie points, take your own shopping bag and travel on public transport. 

12. Use products with minimal packaging 

Packaging can play a big role in the amount of waste caused by your beauty routine. To make your beauty routine more sustainable, consider reaching for products that have minimal or no packaging.

13. Use Eco-friendly Products 

Buy from companies that are certified organic and manufacture products without testing on animals. Also prefer buying products that are made and sold locally or at least within the country. 

Imagine the difference each of us could make if we all made an effort to incorporate just a few of these simple steps into our daily beauty and grooming routines! 

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