How to make your beauty routine more eco-friendly
Over the past couple of years, you’ll no doubt have heard about the impact of plastics on our environment. Thanks to documentaries like Blue Planet, multiple awareness campaigns from eco charities and the banning of microbeads in the UK, plastic consumption has been a hot topic and as a nation, we’ve become far more aware of our environmental footprint.
As we’ve spoken about before (https://www.kohabeauty.com/blogs/news/the-importance-of-biodegradable-beauty), the beauty industry has a huge part to play in plastic consumption and waste, thanks to excessive or non-recyclable packaging. Activists, celebrities and influencers are all getting on board with the movement to reduce our intake; we loved this blog post from The Frugality on how she’s reducing her own beauty waste.
KOHA Beauty is proud to be a brand that’s working to reduce our environmental impact; all of our products are biodegradable, our packaging is recyclable and we’re an ethical, eco-friendly brand. So, we’re going to share with you some ways to make your beauty routine a little eco-friendlier too…
DITCH: Cotton Wool
SWITCH TO: Konjac Sponges
One-use cotton wool pads are one of the biggest damages to the environment. Clogging up our drains and ending up on our beaches, cotton wool can cause all kinds of problems, all of which can be avoided by swapping them out for an eco-friendly konjac sponge instead. Our konjac sponges are biodegradable and compostable, making them kind to the environment (and kinder to your skin too). Don’t worry if you use cotton wool on your babies or children either; konjac sponges were initially created for use on babies’ delicate skin, and our KOHA Kids sponges are approved for use on your little ones.
DITCH: One-Use Plastics
SWITCH TO: Refillable Products
Plastics used in beauty product packaging are hugely damaging, as many are non-recyclable. But thankfully, many beauty brands are now looking to resolve the issues, offering different solutions to the plastic problem. Opt for items sold in glass bottles or recyclable packaging, or you can even buy from brands who offer to refill products bought at their counters. MAC offer a refill service for their cosmetics, as do Le Labo fragrances and Rituals body care.
DITCH: Plastic Toothbrushes
SWITCH TO: Bamboo Toothbrushes
We’ve already blogged about the benefits of our new bamboo toothbrushes, but in case you’re not convinced, here’s the evidence that switching to bamboo is hugely beneficial to the planet: a single plastic toothbrush takes up to a thousand years to decompose, and each person uses an average of 300 in their lifetime. A staggering fact that makes the decision easy and clear – if we all switched to a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush, the environment would be far better off.
DITCH: Non-Sustainable Brands
SWITCH TO: Cruelty-Free, Organic and Recyclable Brands
Once upon a time, we all bought from big high street brands because there was no other option. No matter their environmental impact, we had no other choice. But today, there are thousands of brands offering eco-friendly, organic and cruelty-free options that are just as effective as their big-brand counterparts. Brands like REN and Bybi have paved the way for change, and there’s plenty of small indie brands making a huge difference too. Next time you need a new body wash or cleanser, take a little more time to research the options and source an eco-friendly, sustainable alternative to make the planet a happier place.
DITCH: Face Wipes
SWITCH TO: Cotton Cloths
Face wipes are a huge no-no – not only are they completely ineffective in the eyes of any skincare or beauty insider, but they are also the fastest growing cause of pollution on our beaches, according to The Marine Conservation Society. Wipes flushed down the toilet are causing environmental issues globally, and wipes take an average of 100 years to break down – yes, even the supposedly ‘eco-friendly’ ones. Switch to a cotton or muslin cloth to remove your makeup and cleanse your skin; both your face and the environment will benefit.
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