Sustainable Beauty has been on the forefront of the beauty industry. From brands being more conscious about recyclable and reusable packaging to being transparent about manufacturing practices and sourcing ingredients.
We have all thought about how we can incorporate more sustainable practices into our beauty routine. While it might seem daunting at first, with tiny steps we can all achieve a sustainable lifestyle.
Sustainable Swap #1: Swapping cotton rounds for reusable cotton rounds
The next time you notice you’re running out of the cotton rounds that you bought in bulk at Costco a couple of months ago, switch it out with reusable cotton rounds!
The Moonlit Skincare reusable cotton rounds also come with a super cute mesh washing bag that makes washing day effortless.
Sustainable Swap #2: Swapping liquid soap for bar soap
Did you know liquid soap has 10x the carbon footprint of bar soap?
This takes into account manufacturing and the packing of liquid soaps. Not only does liquid soap have a higher carbon footprint, but it’s also more inefficient as it uses more product to clean versus using bar soap. There are many bar soaps made specifically for shampoos, body washes, and other uses. We would recommend the Serene Clean bar soap made for your hands and body, and for shampoo bar’s check out Lush! They also sell cute containers made for the shower.
Sustainable Swap #3: Swapping products with plastic packaging for recyclable glass or aluminum packaging
Whenever I buy a product with glass packaging it always feels more luxurious in my opinion. In addition to feeling sturdier, most glass packaging are 100% recyclable. According to ABA packaging, “glass packaging can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality and purity [and it’s] reported that 80% of the glass that is recovered is made into new glass products.” In addition to recycling used glass packaging you can also reuse them into succulent pots or use them to store something else.
Sustainable Swap #4: Swapping plastic makeup brushes for bamboo makeup brushes
Bamboo is one of the most eco-friendly materials due to its minimal water consumption and lack of chemicals needed during the growing process. Another amazing characteristic about bamboo is that it is 100% biodegradable. Many bases of makeup brushes are made of plastic and end up in landfills. EcoTools is a great brand for bamboo makeup brushes that can be found at stores like Target.
Sustainable Swap #5: Swapping single use sheet masks for face masks
While the convenience of single use sheet masks have sweeped the beauty industry after the introduction of K-beauty, the effects of sheet masks are detrimental to the environment. From the foil and plastic packaging to the chemicals in the sheet mask that contaminate waste-water treatment plants, this Elle article calls it “literal trash.” I am guilty of enjoying sheet masks, but the Power Down Powder 2 in 1 Mask is a great alternative for all face mask lovers.
If you enjoyed this article check out our blog post about 7 Sustainability Swaps for the Bedroom!