As the world begins to become much more eco-friendly and sustainability aware, we’re now better than ever at making changes for a much more sustainable lifestyle. Unfortunately, beauty products and brands are often the worst offenders when it comes to making sustainable changes. With many products in plastic packaging and far too much single-use plastic being used, it is no wonder that the government is now cracking down on the beauty industry.
With politics around plastic one of the biggest topics across the globe, it is no wonder that there is now a huge shift across beauty brands who are getting rid of palm oil, parabens and plastic altogether so that we can enjoy our favourite products guilt-free. There is no better time than now to make the switch and become more sustainable with your important beauty staples and this summer is the perfect time to switch and try something new. So, here are 5 of the best eco-friendly beauty essentials you need this summer.
Solid Deodorant Sticks
When you think about it, deodorants and body spray notoriously come with a lot of plastic and unrecyclable packaging. When you’re travelling or heading to a festival, or even just want to cut down on your plastic usage, then sold deodorants are the perfect swap. Packed full of natural ingredients, solid deodorants will leave you feeling fresher than your usual deodorants and are much less damaging to the environment. Ingredients tend to include bicarbonate of soda to absorb moisture, witch hazel for antibacterial properties and fragrant patchouli to keep you smelling wonderful this summer!
Glitter is a festival essential – it’s perfect to cover up greasy roots, tired eyes or just to add a little sparkle to your outfit when it is raining. But, glitter is notoriously bad for the environment and has a devastating effect on marine and wild life. Thankfully, most glitter companies have made a commitment to creating sustainable and biodegradable glitter made from cellulose, which naturally breaks down over time. Festival glitter makeup doesn’t need to be damaging to the environment thanks to new changes!
Toothbrushes are a daily essential and have been a part of our daily routine for so long that we tend not to give it much thought or change it up. It has been estimated that around 3.6 billion plastic toothbrushes are used every year across the globe, with each person using 300 per lifetime.
Each plastic toothbrush takes up to 1000 years to decompose, so the increase in popularity of bamboo toothbrushes, which are biodegradable, is no surprise. The only thing to remember with bamboo toothbrushes is that the bristles are not biodegradable, so before you put them into the compost, you will need to remove them.
With more and more countries implementing bans for single-use plastic, facial wipes are bearing the brunt of most bans due to the impact they have on landfill sites and waterways. Wet wipes and facial wipes are, usually, made up of materials which are non-biodegradable and include polyester, which means that each wipe can take up to 100 years to break down.
Face wipes are many people’s daily essentials, whether they have children or use them cosmetically, which means that there are millions being used each and every day. Thankfully, some wipe companies are now going fully decomposable and use materials which will disintegrate into nothing.
Mascara can be found in most women’s makeup bags, but did you know that there are maybe hundreds of chemicals in a mascara tube which can end up to be harmful? As well as this, mascara tends to be made from 100% plastic, which cannot be reused or recycled. Eco-friendly mascara is now becoming more popular and many use no palm oil and vegan ingredients and many brands have created fully recyclable packaging too.