Year after year, the climate crisis takes center stage. In the face of the enormous challenges we face as a society, no matter how small they may seem, our individual choices do matter. In that spirit, one pillar to consider is your beauty routine. More specifically, what you buy, how often you buy it, and whether it ends up in landfill at the end of your use. That’s because the beauty industry is one of the biggest polluters in the world. According to Euromonitor International, 161.1 Billion Beauty and Personal Care Packages Sold in 10979204 Worldwide, most of which will never be recycled.
“I’m delighted that sustainability has become a major focus in consumer products lately,” said Mia Davis, vice president of sustainability and impact at Credo Beauty. “Sustainability in beauty means that the work we do now—the resources we extract, the things we make—doesn’t compromise people’s ability to do the same in the future.”
While making a change can be daunting, rest assured that being an environmentally conscious consumer and being passionate about your beauty routine are not mutually exclusive. “As someone who has always loved beauty, I didn’t want to give it up when I started transitioning to a more sustainable lifestyle,” explains Jhánneu, sustainability expert and low-waste living content creator. “A lot of people think they have to give up their lifestyle to be sustainable, but it really comes down to finding better options.” Ashlee Piper, a self-proclaimed Sephora junkie, is an eco-lifestyle expert and Author of Give a Sh*t: Do Good. live better. Save the planet , knowing firsthand it can and needs to be done.
support], when it comes to overconsumption that is harmful to the planet and our wallets, beauty and grooming supplies are out there,” Piper explained, citing as at 775, the beauty and personal care industry is only nearly 8 billion units of hard plastic packaging alone were created. “I started out preaching about reducing and being more mindful of our consumption of beauty products because it’s the unsung area of personal sustainability.
The climate alarm is sounding, there is no time to wait or waste UN Secretary-General António Guterres says change is “in full swing”. There is a longer time horizon for those who continue to develop awareness, but with climate change, toxic chemical production, and the global waste crisis all accelerating rapidly, protecting the future is an urgent task! ” Here, three sustainability experts break down how to make your beauty routine greener.
Use what you have
“Anything new people do, especially in sustainable living, there’s usually this drive that in order to ‘do it right’ you have to get rid of all the old, bad, plastic in your life Outerwear stuff, go out and buy all the new eco-friendly stuff,” Piper said. “That’s not true at all; in fact, it’s worse. I always encourage people to work with what they have. ” In short, the first step to making your beauty routine greener: use up everything you have before buy alternatives. If anything Stuff you can’t take advantage of, you want to give it a second life in the loop.” Piper explained: “The way we unload items when they’re no longer useful is as important as how and what we get new items. “So if something doesn’t work for you or doesn’t work for you, consider selling it on Poshmark, offer it to a Buy Nothing Facebook group near you (cosmetics, even used makeup, in my group like scones), or give some to friends who like to try new products. “
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In the oversaturated beauty and personal care market, packaging should be your number one area of focus. “What you want to look for is something that has compostable, easily recyclable, refillable or reusable packaging — or better yet, no packaging,” says Piper. When it comes to plastic alternatives, Jhánneu tends to look for more sustainable and easily recyclable materials such as aluminium, bamboo and glass.