As one of the most wasteful industries; cosmetics contribute quite a bit to pollution, in particular, plastic waste. What we consume doesn’t only have an impact on our immediate environment but the world at large. Admittingly, it’s hard not to be almost thoughtless in our consuming habits. Our culture encourages constant consumerism and we aren’t made aware of the fact that our purchases eventually fill up landfills, pollute waters and affect habitats.
For me, sustainability is about being aware of my impact on the planet and making positives choices and/or changes that are achievable. So here are 3 things in my opinion, that you can adopt as ways to live more sustainably.
Repurpose | Recycle
Recycling and repurposing items is a proactive way to live sustainably. Being conscious of your home environment and thinking in terms of waste and usage is important. It has a positive effect on the environment as well as health and wellbeing. Repurpose – Instead of throwing things away, think about how they can be used again, be creative. Some skincare empties can make great plant pots, for little succulents or an assortment of flowers. Also, jars are great to keep for DIY skincare or as storage for pins, clips etc. Recycle – Having a designated recycling bin/s in your home is a great idea; you can easily throw out the appropriate items as opposed to it ending up in your regular rubbish bin. Most packaging will be labelled the recycling item icon printed on it, so keep an eye of for that.
Not just a trendy aesthetic; embracing a little minimalism is great for quite a few reasons. Clutter is definitely not good for physical and mental health. Making sure your living spaces are less likely to harbour bad bacteria and cause stress and anxiety is always a good idea. When it comes to skincare and cosmetics, first and foremost, functionality is key. Look at every item you own and evaluate its purpose. What is it used for and do you need it. Also, multi-purpose items are great for minimal living – There are a bunch of products out there like balms and oils that can be used in several ways; for face, body and even oral hygiene. Minimalism is about creating an atmosphere that is relaxing and spacious; it may be challenging but downsizing to decrease clutter is ultimately good. You can resell or give away cosmetics that you might not get around to using, to friends and family or charity.
Invest in Sustainable Beauty
A lot of brands are and have been embracing sustainable practices; from biodegradable packaging to the where they source their ingredients – brands that are conscious of their impact on the planet are the ones to look out for. Like our own efforts, it’s hard for most every brand to be completely sustainable and ethical, but it’s important for companies to make positive changes because in the long run, these things matter.
A few of my fav sustainable brands include – Bybi Beauty – A natural skincare company whose products are 100% vegan, cruelty-free and eco-friendly. They’re all for creating “great skincare that doesn’t put a strain on the planet”. They’re a pretty transparent brand and their website has all the information you’d need on where they source their ingredients, their upcycling efforts and recycling their packaging. They also run a sustainability summit! check it out here.
What efforts do you make to live more sustainably; in beauty and in life? Let me know.
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