You've heard it before and will listen to it again: avoid plastic! You might only be able to cook, eat, and drink from reusable containers, but there are a few ways to reduce plastic in your beauty routine. This article will cover a few easy swaps for all-natural alternatives.
What is the issue with plastic?
In our modern world, plastic has become ubiquitous. It's used to make everything from water bottles to cosmetics containers to microbeads found in some facial cleansers.
The problem with plastic is that it is not biodegradable, meaning it can take centuries to break down in the environment. In the meantime, it leaches toxins into the soil and water and kills wildlife that mistakes it for food.
So what can we do about it? We can start using more sustainable, eco-friendly materials in our beauty products. Bamboo, glass, and paper are all great alternatives to plastic. We can also recycle the plastic we use instead of just throwing it away. And finally, we can support businesses working to reduce their reliance on plastic.
Body Care- Facial Cleanser, Face Moisturizer, Eye Cream
Regarding body care, there are a few essential products that everyone should have in their arsenal: facial Cleanser, face moisturizer, and eye cream. But what if you could ditch these items' plastic packaging and switch to more sustainable alternatives?
Here are a few tips for making the switch to plastic-free body care:
Facial Cleanser: opt for bar soap or liquid castile soap instead of those pesky plastic bottles. Face Moisturizer: find a solid lotion bar or make your DIY face moisturizer with just a few simple ingredients.
Eye Cream: swap out your standard eye cream for a cold-pressed organic oil like coconut oil or jojoba oil.
Body Care - Deodorant, Shampoo, Conditioner
When it comes to body care, many of us use a few essential products daily: deodorant, shampoo, and conditioner. While these products are necessary for keeping our bodies clean and smelling fresh, they can also significantly contribute to plastic pollution.
The average person uses about nine deodorants per year, which adds up to about 27 kilograms of plastic waste. And when it comes to shampoo and conditioner bottles, the numbers are even higher - we use an estimated 16 bottles each year.
So what can we do to reduce our impact? One option is to switch to solid deodorant or plastic-free deodorant, which comes in paper or cardboard packaging (sometimes even without any packaging). There are also plenty of organic and natural shampoos and conditioners in reusable glass or aluminum bottles.
Hair Styling Products
There are a lot of hair styling products on the market that contain plastic. But did you know that plenty of plastic-free hair styling options are available? Here are a few of our favorites:
Wax: Wax is an excellent alternative to gel or mousse. It can create various styles, from sleek and polished to messy and textured. Plus, it washes out easily with just soap and water.
Pomade: Pomade is another versatile hair styling product that can be used to create a variety of looks. It adds shine and definition to your hair and washes easily with soap and water.
Hair spray: Hair spray is a must-have for any hairstyle. But did you know plenty of plastic-free hair sprays are on the market? These days, you can find hair sprays made with ingredients like bamboo extract or rice bran oil.
Dry shampoo: Dry shampoo is a lifesaver when you don't have enough time to wash your hair. But most dry shampoos contain aluminum, which can harm your health. Luckily, some tremendous plastic-free dry shampoos on the market use ingredients like arrowroot powder or tapioca starch to absorb excess oil.
There are a few essential beauty tools you need to know about if you want to reduce your exposure to plastic. Here are a few of our faves:
- Bamboo hair brushes - We love these sustainable and eco-friendly hair brushes! They're gentle on the scalp and great for all hair types.
- Beeswax wraps are perfect for cleaning your makeup and avoiding harmful chemicals often in conventional cosmetics bags.
- Stainless steel straws - Ditch plastic straws for good with these reusable metal ones! They come in handy for sipping smoothies and juices on the go.
- Glass water bottle - Stay hydrated and ditch disposable plastic bottles with a reusable glass option.
Making the switch to plastic-free beauty products can seem daunting, but it's worth it in the long run. Not only is it better for nature, but it's also better for your skin. With so many options available, there's no excuse not to switch. This article has insight into plastic-free beauty and why you should consider making the switch yourself. Thanks for reading!