The environment, animals, and sustainability are subjects that are very important to me. However, I’m not an expert and I’m definitely not perfect either. BUT I’m trying my best to change my ways and to make sure I contribute to sustainability. In today’s blog posts, I’m going to share 5 ways to make your beauty routine eco-friendly. Together we can make a change!
5 Ways To Make Your Beauty Routine Eco-Friendly
Here’s an ugly truth: 300 million tons of plastic are produced every year, 8 million of which gets dumped in the ocean, where it stays for 400 years or more as it decomposes. Over 40% of the plastic we use is in the form of packaging. Plastic makes up most of the items we think of as disposable — the problem is, it’s not.
Non-recyclable and unsustainable items are so deeply embedded into our daily routines that it’s easy not to think about the volume of it.
WWF on why they promote sustainable living:
Our planet can only produce a finite number of resources – from food, to water – and can only withstand a certain degree of greenhouse gas emissions in order to stay healthy. We only have one Earth and are utterly dependent on it for our survival and well-being. But both people and nature are facing severe consequences if our current consumption increases (that’s the amount of energy we use and our demand for resources to feed, clothe and house us, as well as materials that we want for pure enjoyment).
The biggest driver of environmental degradation is the fact that we’re consuming resources at an unsustainable rate, and therefore our production of goods is increasing. This is often a result of economic growth – from affluent Westerners to growing wealth in the developing world.
Much of the planet’s economic growth has been achieved as a result of over-exploiting resources, such as fossil fuels. But as the world’s resources are coming under increasing pressure, so the constraints to growth are becoming increasingly visible.
Yet, there is ongoing and significant growth in the human population, and economic growth continues apace; it’s often seen as a crucial means to reduce poverty. We’re working to find ways to prosper on our planet and use its resources more sustainably – in a way that doesn’t degrade the environment – for the benefit of ourselves and future generations. We need to develop a One Planet Economy.
Our aim is to live in a ‘One Planet Economy’ where both people and nature thrive within their fair share of what’s available.
We’re working to promote a shift to sustainable patterns of development, and break the link between economic growth and environmental damage. Many solutions exist, and we’re engaging with key stakeholders to make them happen.
For example, we’re working to ensure the value of nature is recognised in decisions made by government and business, by engaging the UK government on developing the new 25 Year Environment Plan, and by working with governments in the Amazon to assess environmental impacts of new infrastructure developments.
We’re engaging with finance and insurance companies to promote awareness of their exposure to environmental risks, and urge them to adopt stronger climate policies that will encourage the businesses they invest in to align with a sustainable and green economy.
We’re also working with companies to promote sustainable diets and responsible sourcing of commodities they import – like soy and palm oil – which can otherwise be the cause of significant environmental damage.
And we supported the development of the Sustainable Development Goals – adopted in 2015 by 193 member states of the UN. They set out clear targets and provide a basis for countries to eliminate extreme poverty, develop a sustainable economy and stop degrading the planet’s natural resources.
But there is always more to do.
5 Ways To Make Your Beauty Routine Eco-Friendly
We can all change something in our daily routines and habits to make sure we contribute in some ways. I’m sharing my favorite and easiest tips to make your beauty routine eco-friendly.
1. Using Recycled Packaging
Reusable bags are something every eco-friendly shopper takes with them to the grocery store but have you ever thought about reusable bottles? More and more companies are employing creative ways to use recycled bottles and packaging for their beauty products. You can also play your part as a consumer by recycling or reusing beauty product bottles that you normally would throw out. For example: use your old body scrub bottle to hold all of your makeup brushes. It’s also possible to buy products without (plastic) packaging, Lush is doing a great job when it comes to this.
Moreover, purchase sustainable tools. Use make-up brushes and hairbrushes made from recycled or sustainable materials, like bamboo. Use brushes that have synthetic bristles as opposed to real animal hair. Additionally, opt for energy-saving blow dryers to reduce the amount of electricity you use while styling your hair.
2. Adopting The Organic and Sustainable Movement
Harsh chemicals and toxins are the last things you want in your everyday cleanser, concealer, mascara or even your perfume. Every woman should want only the best ingredients to keep her skin, hair, and face looking amazing. The organic market has shown major growth of 20% in 2014 alone, and more consumers are buying organic products. Organic beauty products are free of harmful chemicals, making it safer for the environment and the workers that make the products.
3. Look for Multi-Use Products
Multi-use products mean less waste, as well as cost. Look for all-in-one make-up sticks that can be used on your lips, eyes, and cheeks. Additionally, opt for moisturizers that double as sunscreen. It’s also possible to use eyeshadow as an eyeliner instead of using both. There isn’t a multi-use product for everything, but in that case, try to buy bigger bottles/packagings. The bigger the packaging the longer you’ll use it and the less waste you have.
4. Adjust Your Use
One of the easiest things to do is making small adjustments which will make a huge impact in the end. Instead of using a huge amount of product, try to use a small amount. A small amount of product will go a long way. Additionally, when you use a product, use the product in its entirety. Squeeze out and use every ounce of your product.
Another adjustment you can make is cut back on shampoo. You might be washing your hair every day, however, that’s not necessary for your hair at all. It’s actually a waste of money, time, water and electricity.
Last but not least: Turn off the faucet. While brushing your teeth, washing your face, and doing other activities at the sink, turn off your faucet. Also, be conscious of the amount of time you spend in the shower. Shaving off two to four minutes can save four to eight gallons of water.
5. Drop off your used products for recycling
Origins will recycle used make-up products from any brand if you drop them off. Additionally, Aveda stores will create new caps out of recycled caps (like the hard ridged ones on toothpaste bottles) if you drop them off at their stores. Another great example is MAC: MAC will give you a free lipstick for every six lipsticks you bring back to recycle.
You’re definitely not a bad person if you’re not able to live fully eco-friendly and sustainable. I’m not perfect either. But if we all try our best to make little adjustments, we can save our environment together. Moreover, it’s also possible to make a donation. I’m donating money to WWF but you can, of course, choose any organization you want to support. The WWF has different programs to support, you can donate to help save animal species, for the climate, freshwater and more. If you would like to donate (it’s possible to donate money every month but you can also donate just one time) please check out the WWF website.
Let’s make a change together! What adjustment are you going to do?
Hope to see you next time loves,