Chloe D’Inverno starts the new year focusing on how we can all make sustainable changes in our skincare and beauty routines. Here she shares her best tips and swaps to become more sustainable without breaking the bank.
Skincare and beauty are a major part of our everyday lives, so why not have a routine that’s kind to the planet as well as ourselves? For people like me who see the beginning of a new year as a fresh start, the perfect New Year’s Resolution would be to reduce our everyday waste.
Our main focus should be on the packaging our products come in. Unfortunately, it is mainly plastic packaging that lines the shelves of our shops. Each year, it is estimated that each Brit disposes of ten shampoo or conditioner bottles, nine body wash bottles and six toothbrushes. You can only imagine the extensive number of disposed plastic when you times those stats by the 68 million people that are in Britain.
I’m beginning to learn how important it is to be conscious of the impact of our daily actions on the environment. If we all work together and reduce our waste little by little, the planet will thank us. Have a look at the list of my favourite skincare and beauty finds that have helped me on my journey to being more sustainable and zero waste.
- Going plastic-free
Not only is the beauty industry now increasing the amount of cruelty-free and vegan products in aid of helping animals and the environment, but many companies are opening their eyes to the need for sustainable packaging. Being eco-friendly is the motto of many great businesses- just look at CACTI and Pure Chimp for proof!
Recently launched, CACTI combines natural ingredients with recycled or biodegradable packaging to create a much loved lip balm perfect for this time of the year. I bought the coconut lip balm after I fell in love with the packaging and the ethos of the company (which would you want to try?).
Creams and Balms
Using reusable glass jars or recyclable paper packaging, Pure Chimp sells natural balms, creams and soaps for sensitive skin. Once you finish your product, you can either recycle your jar or find a new use for it!
Although traditional plastic hairbrushes can last you a while, wouldn’t it be better to opt for a bamboo or straw one this year? Having received a straw brush for a Christmas present, my eyes were opened to the number of everyday items I use that are made of plastic! The process of making straw brushes is much more environmentally-friendly, with less C02 emissions. Personally, I find my straw brush much better than my old plastic one, as it glides through my hair and detangles knots easier!
- Eco-friendly ways to remove make-up
Conventional ways of removing make-up are now in the past. We need to ditch the single-use cotton pads and wipes that damage the environment in favour of reusable alternatives.
Why use disposable cotton pads when you can buy reusable ones that can be thrown into your laundry basket and last a lifetime? Many companies are waking up to this revolutionary product, so you can often find bamboo or organic cotton pads at your local drugstore (like Boots!). Or, if you’re in favour of supporting businesses solely driven by sustainability take a look at Peace With The Wild’s extensive zero-waste range.
As well as using bamboo pads, a personal favourite of mine are microfiber make-up remover cloths that are available in highstreet shops, and on many websites. With no skincare product needed to wipe make-up off (you only need water!), these cloths have been an absolute lifesaver for me! You can even pick yours up when doing your clothes shopping at New Look or on your trip to B&M. How eco-friendly and convenient!
- How to be more sustainable in the bathroom
Not only are there multiple eco-friendly skin care products, there is an increasing number of sustainable dental and hair care products. Begin your zero-waste, eco-friendly journey in the bathroom like I did, with the following products:
From the UK alone, an estimated 264 million plastic toothbrushes are thrown away each year. So, why not switch to a more environmentally friendly alternative? I believe Bamboo toothbrushes to be the future. With them being able to decompose much quicker than plastic, they should be a favoured alternative. Unlike plastic, this material is also compostable (if the bristles are removed beforehand)!
Moving on from dental care, I want to show you one of my favourite ways of reducing plastic packaging. Using bars instead of bottled products! Keep your hair and body clean without the worry of plastic packaging cluttering your shelves and shower caddies. Instead, opt for a bar and a cute dish!
Ethique is an example of a sustainable alternative to typical drugstore products, targeting the hair, body and face. With bars for cleansing, moisturising or washing, Ethique has something for you. You can head straight to their website or order from Holland and Barrett where Ethique is sold alongside Faith In Nature shampoo and soap bars. Peace With The Wild can be added to the list too- we’re just spoilt for choice!
On a whole, these changes to our everyday lives may seem small, but if we all work together we can treat the planet better and keep it healthy. Whether you’ve already started your sustainable journey, or are beginning to opt for eco-friendly products from today, even the smallest of changes can make a big difference.
About the Author: Chloe D’Inverno is a second year English Language and Linguistics student at the University of York. She has a passion for veganism since making the change in 2016, and is now on the path to further help the environment by doing her part in regards to sustainability and finding zero-waste alternatives.