Simple beauty swaps that will help the environment

Making these simple changes to your beauty routine will have a big impact on the environment.

Something as simple as ensuring that the packaging of your beauty products is recyclable, can make a big difference to the environmental footprint that you leave behind.

“Everyday-life activism is an exciting global movement that is breaking the mainstream,” social change activist and academic at Western Sydney University, Dr Holly Kaye-Smith, explains. “It’s thrilling to see how people are tweaking their daily routines and products.”

The best part is it’s easy to do and you will feel like you’re truly dong your bit for the planet.

Holly shares her four simple hacks on how to reduce the environmental impact of our daily beauty regime.

Avoid plastic wherever you can

It may seem quite obvious given our awareness of cutting out plastic in other parts of our life, but when you examine your beauty regime it can be alarming at how many disposable plastics live in your bathroom cabinet.

“There are great natural alternatives out there, from wooden-handled toothbrushes to recyclable, or reusable, bottles,” Holly explains. “Choose soap and shampoo bars over liquid versions to cut down on plastic and packaging.”

Go au natural

Holly also suggests making your own treatments.

“Try aloe vera facemasks or avocado hair treatments,” she adds. “This helps reduce package waste and mileage emission.”

Reusable VS. disposable

Instead of regularly using one-off disposable items, opt for items that you can use over and over.

“Use reusable cosmetics wipes or clothes instead of cotton buds, disposable wipes or cotton pads,” Holly suggests. “You can also replace disposable razors with stainless steel razors.”

Bulk buy your beauty favourites

They may be cute and very convenient but Holly says that those one-use facemasks and travel-sized products all add to the plastic issue.

“Buy bigger items to help reduce your footprint (as well as your budget),” she advises. “When travelling, invest in reusable travel bottles you can decant product into.”

If you’re a bit stumped on where to start your war on beauty waste, check out some of our favourite eco-beauty heroes:

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