How to consume cosmetics in a more environmentally friendly way?♻️
The word "clean" has become a major trend in the beauty world. Consumers want to know not only what product works best for their face, but also what product is best for our planet. From “clean” products to “green” beauty routines, there are many ways to upgrade your beauty routine and make it more environmentally friendly. So what conscious efforts can you make to make your beauty routine eco-friendly? Here are some tips to help you get started.
Have you discovered that you have dozens of boxes of cosmetics: some of them half-finished, some already expired and some gone bad. In fact, you only use a few specific products, so a more environmentally friendly behavior is not to buy or collect a bunch of products, but to use the half ones first. Buy a new product only when the old one is running low or out of stock. In this way, much less cosmetics end up in garbage and nature.
Plastic is a big problem for our environment and we need to take steps to reduce its use.
It is estimated that 8 million tons of plastic leak into the ocean every year, and by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean!
Find a new purpose for packaging
Find a new purpose for empty cosmetic packaging: for example, store small items in them, find creative solutions for crafts with children, turn the packaging into energy or give it a new life in the form of recycling. We can all do the last two, wash the plastic packaging and take it to the packaging collection box. Often the products are also in paper packaging, so put them in a cardboard collection box or use them in the fireplace.
An organic and sustainable way of thinking
The next conscious effort you can make to your beauty routine is to adopt an organic and sustainable mindset. This doesn't mean you have to buy all organic products, but it does mean you should know what ingredients each product contains. If your beauty routine consists of many chemical-based products, then it would be a good time to switch to more natural products. Organic beauty products do not contain harmful chemicals, making them safer for the environment and the workers who make the products.
Look for multipurpose products
One of the easiest ways to make your beauty routine more eco-friendly is to look for products that can be used in different ways. Multipurpose products mean less waste and less cost. Look for all-in-one makeup products (mineral cosmetics) that can be used on lips, eyes and cheeks. In addition, choose moisturizers that also act as sunscreen.
There is no one-size-fits-all product, but in this case, try to buy larger bottles/packages. The bigger the package, the longer you use it and the less waste you create. Do this ONLY if you are sure that you will be able to use the product before the expiration date! This creates more waste when you have to throw out products frequently because they are out of date. Skin care products are probably easier to use up compared to mascara, lipstick or eyeshadow palette. It's smart to buy larger skin care bottles. A conscious effort that is also financially smart!
Mini-sized products and testers are very popular right now, both for gifts and for use. Manufacturers see this as a great opportunity to make a profit. It is estimated that around 100 million mini-sized products are purchased each year in the UK alone, which equates to around 980 tonnes of plastic waste. The use of the product is short, the energy consumption is high and the amount of waste is enormous. The mindset of one-time and short-term use also encourages waste - people very often throw away half-finished testers.
Use less water and electricity
The first change you can make is to reduce the use of shampoo (try solid shampoo). Maybe you wash your hair every day, but it's not necessary for your hair. It is actually a waste of money, time, water, electricity and products. Don't forget: turn off the tap when you don't need water when brushing your teeth, washing your face and doing other things at the sink. Also, be aware of how much time you spend in the shower. Also turn off the water while shaving: two to four minutes of shaving can save 16 to 32 liters of water.
If you love face masks, if possible, use classic masks that you can use repeatedly (clay masks, etc.) instead of fabric masks. The lifetime of a fabric mask is short and, as a result, its impact on the environment is greater.
If you can't say NO to a fabric mask, make the most of it.
A fabric mask is actually not a mask - it is a fabric moistened with serum.
There is always 1-2 spoonfuls of serum in the fabric mask package, don't throw it away, use it on your neck, hands or all over your body. You can also store it in the refrigerator and use it the next day.
After using the fabric mask, there is still a lot of valuable serum in it, after the face, place it on the neck or décolleté, for example.
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