Sunday, 22 November 2020

SUSTAINABLE SUNDAY - Eco-friendly beauty pt.1

 Hey lovelies, welcome back! 

Week two of Sustainable Sunday - A weekly feature whereby I share eco-friendly products that I've been loving and that are helping me live a more sustainable lifestyle. Today I'm talking eco-friendly daily beauty products- 

We've all noticed the abundance of plastic in supermarkets, but have you ever noticed it within your beauty regime? From cellophane on make-up, I'm aware this is for hygiene reasons, to disposable cotton buds and pads that are but a small contributor to the vast problem that is plastic pollution. I decided I wanted to change that... 



Cotton buds and pads were a beauty staple of mine, 
and it irked me to no end - using them for taking off make-up, neatening up nail varnish, the lot. So, I went in search of sustainable substitutes. A quick look on amazon and a whole host of re-usable pads came up. Good quality and decently sized, one pad is all you need to remove your make up or nail varnish. Once you're done, just pop in the wash and they're good to go again! Admittedly, some products such as mascara and nail varnish do stain, however you can buy specific products that'll tackle those stubborn stains (god, I feel like a Vanish advert).

If like me, the photo of the seahorse clinging to a cotton bud mistaken for a piece of coral upsets and angers you, then you'll understand my excitement at the next item discovery. What a pleasant surprise to find these on the high street - bamboo cotton buds, in..... POUNDLAND! By a company called Xpel Body Care, you get 300 buds, they're biodegradable, 100% pure cotton and come in a recyclable cardboard box. Unfortunately, I haven't seen them in there since but they're easy to find online. 

264 million plastic toothbrushes are thrown away each year in the UK alone! Non-recyclable, they end up in landfill and the ocean becoming a hazard to wildlife. Contributing to that figure did not sit well with me, and so I switched to a bamboo toothbrush. Again, assuming this would be an online purchase, I was thrilled to find them in Boots, who I must praise for the effort they're putting into sustainability, but also Poundstretcher! Just like the buds, these are biodegradable and packaged in recyclable cardboard rather than plastic. Alternatively, Wisdom now sell a toothbrush made from 100% recycled plastic, plant based filaments and recyclable packaging! Unlike normal plastic toothbrushes, this one can be recycled! 

As Zac Efron said in his Netflix documentary Down To Earth, "while our goal should be 'reduce, reuse, recycle'... it seems like reducing through the reuse of things like bags, straws and bottles is really the most effective solution", and these small changes have helped me reduce my everyday plastic consumption drastically! 

Tune in next week for part two - the weekly products. 

Until next time, lovelies!

    

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