New Year’s Goals: How to Reduce Waste & Make your Beauty Routine More Sustainable

As the New Year slowly approaches, many people are making a list of resolutions they want to stick with in order to change some of the daily habits in their lives. If making better choices for protecting the environment is on your list, consider reducing waste and making your beauty routine more sustainable and eco-friendly. These simple tips will give you an idea of what to do if you want to become more eco-conscious and mindful of what you use in the bathroom daily. 

Choose Glass over Plastic

One of the first habits you should consider changing in your beauty routine if you want to reduce waste is buying products in plastic packaging. There are many great alternatives that you can check out, but the most sustainable one is glass. Buying products with glass packaging instead of the ones with plastic packaging is going to make your everyday skincare routine more sustainable and eco-friendly. They can also be used over and over again because once you’re done with, for example, one face cream, you can clean out the packaging and use it for storing something else. Another great thing is that glass jars can be recycled and made into something else with a completely different purpose. 

Switch to Bamboo Brushes

A huge number of old toothbrushes get thrown in the trash almost every day. All that plastic just keeps piling up which leads to creating more damage to the environment that we live in. So if you want to cut down on the amount of plastic you use, consider switching from plastic toothbrush to a bamboo one. Not only is it better for the environment, but it also does a much better job of cleaning your teeth. Firstly, they are more hygienic, because they are naturally antimicrobial which means that they stop the growth of bacteria. They might be a bit pricey but for the price that you pay, you are guaranteed to get a high-quality and organic toothbrush that will last you for a very long time.  

Think about deodorants that you use daily

Drugstore deodorants might be one of the biggest causes of air pollution. Some experts even say that they produce a harmful type of pollution which is at the same level as emissions from cars and trucks. And antiperspirants are even worse. Yes, the aluminum they contain might help your skin go longer without stinking, but they are not healthy neither for you nor the environment. You can, for instance, shop more wisely by reading the label at the back of the product and go for the ones with natural ingredients to make sure that you’re using the healthiest option out there. However, if you feel like being creative, you can learn how to make your own deodorant at home and choose your own favorite smell. 

Swap your Tools and Ingredients 

Many single-use tools are part of our everyday beauty routines such as makeup wipes, cotton pads, razors, makeup brushes and applicators, and so on. But they can all easily be replaced. For example, instead of buying new cotton pads or wipes every month, you can buy a pack of reusable cloth pads that you can wash after each and every time you use them to wipe your makeup off. Or if you want to keep that glowing tanned look throughout the whole year, consider using an organic tan applicator when self-tanning and other easy-to-follow organic tanning tips to have your skin looking flawless while also protecting the environment.

Read the Labels

As already mentioned above, be mindful of the ingredients of the products you use. In other words, make sure to carefully read the label at the back. It’s usually something that a lot of people tend to ignore thinking that it’s not very important, but it is. In order to be more eco-conscious, consider getting a better understanding of the terminology behind beauty brands and their products. You can do this by looking for certifications from PETA, Leaping Bunny Programme, the Soil Association, and Ecocert, etc. They will verify certain brands and if they truly are what their packages claim them to be- cruelty-free, vegan and organic. There are also some of the ingredients you definitely want to avoid like plastic microbeads that can often be found in exfoliators since they are known for polluting the ocean. Other ingredients you might want to reconsider using are parabens, phthalates, sulfates, petroleum derivatives, palm oil, and synthetic colors because they are bad for your skin and not very eco-friendly.  

Conclusion

In conclusion, it doesn’t take much effort to pay attention to little details and be eco-friendly by buying the right products. It all comes down to being mindful when it comes to ingredients and packaging. Many great alternatives can be found in all drugstores, but even if you can’t seem to find what you’re looking for there are easy ways for you to make it yourself.

Author Bio: Sasha Duncan is a journalist and literature enthusiast who enjoys writing and learning new things about health, fashion and interior design. She loves reading crime novels and being with her dogs, Maya and Buster. 

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