Plastic is one of the biggest pollutants in our oceans. It can cause a great deal of harm to sea life and marine ecosystems. Cutting down on the amount of plastic we use can help to reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in our oceans. One area that we can focus on reducing our plastic consumption is beauty products.
The global beauty industry is a major contributor to plastic consumption. They produce over 142 billion units of packaging each year, most of which ends up in landfill and oceans.
June 17th is Plastic Beauty Free Day. It aims to challenge the use of plastic packaging in beauty products and encourage people to take action against the over-dependence on plastic by beauty brands.
Here are some changes you can make to reduce plastic in your beauty regime:
1. Switch to plastic free beauty products
A number of beauty brands offer plastic free products such as soap and shampoo bars, deodorants in glass or aluminium jars, bamboo toothbrushes, and reusable face wipes. Once you’ve finished the products you’re currently using, do some research and switch to plastic free alternatives.
2. Opt for multipurpose beauty products
Rather than buying a variety of beauty products that each have their own packaging, opt for beauty products that can be used for multiple purposes. For example, argan oil can be used to moisturise your hair and skin and strengthen your nails. In addition to washing your hair, shampoo can also be used to clean your makeup brushes.
3. Choose refillable beauty products
Some brands offer products in refillable packaging and encourage customers to reuse them. Customers can either refill the containers in store or purchase refill pods or pouches. Some examples of refillable beauty products include shampoo and conditioner, foundations, moisturisers and deodorants.
4. Make your own beauty products
There are many DIY beauty recipes that you can make and store in non-plastic containers. You can find recipes for lip balms, hair masks, face masks and bath bombs on our website.
It takes time to switch to a plastic free beauty regime. We suggest using up the products that you already have in your bathroom first and making small gradual changes to minimise your plastic use.