Our planet is a zit covered teen. Landfills are popping up on her smooth surface like clogged pores, oozing unspeakable things. While many industries are the bacterial culprit of this cystic acne, the beauty industry may be one of the biggest. If you think about it, most products don’t just come in the container it’s held in, but also another outer box or plastic package.
It’s time we reduce the number of comedogens on Earth’s surface by shopping smarter for our beauty products. If you’re looking to make your beauty routine more sustainable, follow these three easy tips to reduce your carbon footprint.
1. Breakup with Single-Use Products
Swap disposable products where you can with products that can be washed and reused several times like the Makeup Eraser's Makeup Removal Cloth or ProCIV’s Makeup Remover Pads. Of course, some products don’t have a reusable counterpart. In that case, look for products that are biodegradable like Florapy’s sheet masks, which are made of coconut instead of cotton so they break down easily in the landfill.
2. Refill Your Containers
Before you repurchase your favorite beauty product, check the brand’s website to see if they offer refills. Not only do refills reduce packaging waste, but they usually cost less since they use fewer materials. Brands like Starface, Kjaer Weis, and Dr. Bronner offer refills of your products online.
3. Choose Paper and Glass Over Plastic
If you can’t reduce or reuse, recycle. Look at the bottom of your containers for the recycling number inside the triangle. The lower the number, the easier it is to recycle. Paper and glass usually take less energy to recycle than plastic. Opt for brands like Tata Harper which uses recycled and recyclable glass to package its products. Also, some brands like Lush and Mac have recycling programs where they will give you a free product after you bring in a certain amount of their empty containers for recycling.