There’s a lot that goes into a quality beauty routine, and most people don’t even stop to consider the negative impact on the environment their products can be having. In reality, there are a lot of easy changes you can make in your day-to-day that can help the environment out in big ways. It’s time to bring green thinking into your routine, so here are ten tips to get you started!
1. Swap Out Plastic Razors
Single bladed, metal safety razors may seem a bit old school, but they’re way better for the planet than this endless cycle of plastic, disposable counterparts. With a safety razor, you only ever need one, only needing to occasionally swap out new razor blade inserts. Not only that, but they make for a much closer, comfortable shave once you learn to use them!
Many people don’t realize it, but you can actually recycle your makeup containers and even old makeup in general. Lush and MAC actually both have reward incentives for recycling their products, and there are countless other ways to keep your old products out of a landfill.
3. Switch to Reusable Makeup Wipes
All those disposable cotton pads and q-tips add up over time, and it’s so easy to just invest in a reusable makeup wipe. There are tons of low-cost options out there, from bamboo products to hemp or cotton.
4. DIY Products
Skipping out on the harmful chemicals and harsh fragrances of many storebought products isn’t just easier on your body, but it’s better on the planet too. Do some research into all the great products you can DIY with ease at home. You probably already have a lot of the ingredients you’ll need!
5. Use Eco-friendly Brands
If DIYing doesn’t fully have you covered, or you just prefer premade products, take the time to research environmentally conscious brands. They are out there! Cruelty-free, sustainable companies are out there making some fantastic products, so do your homework before selecting your merchandise.
6. Save Your Water
Many people still don’t realize how much water is saved if they simply turn off their faucet in between brushing their teeth or washing their face. On average, two gallons of water gets processed through a flowing faucet per minute. If you leave the water running when you’re not actually washing, you can be wasting thousands of gallons a year. Flip the faucet off, and teach yourself to take shorter showers while you’re at it!
It’s easy to go overboard on products. After all, a trip to the store will display hundreds of items, all attempting to convince you that they are equally necessary. The truth doesn’t need to be as complicated, or as wasteful. Find a small handful of items and stick to those instead of needlessly generating waste with piles of plastic bottles you barely touch.
8. Use Multipurpose Products
Keeping in the spirit of simplifying, make sure you’re looking out for products that serve more than one purpose. There are tons of makeups for blending and shading that offer a variety of colors all in one tube, or blush sticks that can be used on your cheeks and eyelids alike, or concealers that pack primer and foundations into one cohesive punch.
9. Ditch Plastics
So much of packaging is just wasteful plastic or cardboard. Not only can you make the conscious effort to frequent eco-friendly companies that cut down on the waste, but you can also find some things you probably didn’t even realize were an option, such as shampoo bars! That’s right – no bottles of liquid, but a multi-use bar for your hair and your skin that can last anywhere from 80 to 100 uses.
10. Understand your Labels
When trying to choose more responsible products, a lot of the responsibility falls on us to really know what we’re looking for. It’s easy for any company to slap a sticker on its product, claiming to be environmentally friendly, while actually being chock full of harmful chemicals and harsh ingredients. Learn what warning signs to look out for, and what ingredients you should completely avoid before purchasing a product.