As consumers, we look at products and weigh their benefits for our skin, hair and bodies, but we forget that each item can eventually turn into waste. While we support everyone's beauty endeavours, we also think everyone should think about ways to reduce our carbon footprint. Did you know that a piece of plastic takes hundreds of years to degrade naturally? It’s high time we step up to build a more conscious and responsible environment. Don't know where to start? Here are some ways you can reduce your carbon footprint.
One of the simplest ways to start is to keep an eye on how much water you consume during your daily routine. Taps can be turned off while you brush your teeth, nighttime routines that require rinsing can be done in the shower, and having a cold shower are just some of the things you can opt to do. Reducing the need to pump water reduces energy usage and cutting down on heating also helps decrease carbon emissions. Plus, your skin will thank you for minimising the hot water that’s been stripping the moisture from it.
There’s definitely convenience in picking up shower gels with their refill packets from the drugstore, but we say give naked soap bars some love, too. Not only does the Earth benefit, but you do, too. These soaps are often made with natural ingredients that give you a gentler wash, thanks to the high pH level and the cold process method — this means you also actively moisturise your skin when you use them.
If you love that silky smooth feeling after a good exfoliating session, make it your mission to rid microbeads from your beauty regime. Not only are they are too abrasive for the skin, but they are also not biodegradable. Once they enter the water supply, they have a damaging effect on marine life, the environment and human health thanks to the ability to absorb toxins, which cycle back into the food chain. Pick a chemical exfoliant or something that uses natural exfoliators such as salt, oats or citrus, which can minimise damage to the environment.
Many brands these days are stepping up to the plate with their awareness of environmentally friendly products and packaging, but if you happen to choose brands that have not moved in that direction, that’s okay. Identify which plastics can be recycled by the numbers marked on them, and you’ll be on your way to a greener tomorrow.
Skip-care is dominating the beautyverse and there’s more to it than just cutting back on time. The multi-use function of beauty products also helps reduce single-use plastic consumption in addition to helping you keep those dollars in check. A versatile facial oil can double or even triple as a moisturiser, lip balm and body lotion — how’s that for consolidation?