We’re in an environmental disaster. By no means earlier than has our planet wanted assist as a lot because it wants it now. Local weather change, plastic air pollution, deforestation, lack of biodiversity, ocean acidification, and ozone layer depletion are simply a number of the devastating issues it’s attempting to cope with. Most of which has been attributable to people. Which is why it falls to us to do one thing about it. Earlier than it’s too late.
Since 1970, Earth Day has been recognised yearly on April the twenty second, and this yr’s theme is ‘Make investments In Our Planet’. It’s as much as each particular person to take accountability, to try to reverse a number of the harm that has already been carried out. And while the small particular person modifications we make could seem insignificant within the grand scheme of issues, we mustn’t lose sight of the truth that plenty of small modifications add as much as make large ones. The modifications that matter; the modifications that make a distinction.
One space of our lives we are able to simply make modifications to is our magnificence regimes and by desirous about the methods through which we are able to make them extra sustainable and extra environmentally pleasant. By making some long run magnificence investments, not solely can we spend money on our magnificence, however we are able to additionally spend money on our planet too.
Listed below are some concepts for you:
Purchase Merchandise That Final
Once I assume again to the beauty gadgets from after I was youthful, I bear in mind them lasting for completely ages. I had a pair of gasoline cartridge hair straighteners that served me effectively all through my total teenage years. And while the know-how has improved massively (oh what my teenage self would have carried out to personal a pair of GHDs in the event that they’d have existed again then!) it appears as if as of late merchandise like this simply aren’t made to final any extra.
Nonetheless, that is one thing that firms are beginning to take extra significantly. And within the case of the posh beauty tech brand FOREO they’re purposefully creating progressive magnificence merchandise that operate flawlessly for longer in a bid to guard the planet in addition to the purse strings of their consumers. Take for instance their standard product the UFO 2. This skincare system permits customers to expertise salon commonplace skincare from the consolation of their very own residence. The hand-held system works with the FOREO app to information you thru set facials utilizing LED gentle remedy mixed with activated face masks to present your pores and skin an additional particular glow up. Switching between thermotherapy (heat) to melt the pores and skin after which onto cryotherapy (chilly) to carry and agency, the UFO 2 is a good instance of a multi-functional foundational skincare system that delivers outcomes and lasts the gap. Making that one-time funding to your pores and skin, means it not solely saves you cash in the long term (I like to consider the worth happening with each use of a tool like this) however a long-lasting product means far much less waste and much much less pressure on the atmosphere.
Cease Utilizing Aerosols
With so many different merchandise out there as of late there may be completely no want for us to make use of aerosol magnificence merchandise any extra. Aerosols equivalent to deodorant and hairspray, used to comprise harmful chemical compounds referred to as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) which scientists found had been damaging the ozone layer. Nonetheless, regardless that these chemical compounds have now been eliminated, aerosols stay on our hit checklist, as they nonetheless comprise compressed gasoline or hydrocarbons to allow the merchandise to operate, and that is on no account environmentally pleasant.
So, what are the alternate options? Properly the excellent news is we now have choices. Roll on and stick deodorants are simply as efficient as spray variations, however are infinitely higher for our planet. One instance is Wild, who promote pure refillable stick deodorants. Their packaging is produced from anodised aluminium and recycled plastic and the deodorant itself is totally plastic free. On high of that additionally they promote refills, which will be delivered straight to your door on a subscription foundation, so that you’ll by no means run out of deodorant once more!
In the event you actually can’t bear the considered giving up your volumizing mousse and hairspray simply but, look out for merchandise that use pump-fuelled containers as a substitute of gasoline, as these are higher for the atmosphere, however nonetheless provide the outcomes you’re after.
We’ve got turn out to be a disposable society. We would like issues which can be straightforward to make use of, low cost, handy, and fast, and sadly what that always means is the over consumption of disposable merchandise. From face wipes to cotton wool, via to razors and interval merchandise, we use merchandise equivalent to these every day, however all to the detriment of our planet, which is actually suffocating underneath the load of our waste.
It’s time to ditch the disposables and swap them out with these eco-friendly alternate options:
- Material Facial Pads – We use and throw away approximately 11 billion wipes yearly. These wipes both block up our sewers or find yourself in our oceans and it’s inflicting some severe harm. Change disposable face wipes with material rounds that may be washed and reused.
- Interval Merchandise – In Europe and the USA over 80% of menstrual products end up in landfill and the plastic elements contained inside them can take as much as 500 years to interrupt down. Reusable interval merchandise are the answer to this downside. Whether or not you select a Moon Cup or a pair of washable interval pants there are fortunately plenty of completely different choices for us ladies to select from these days.
- Hair Elimination – Cease shopping for disposable razors and swap to different hair elimination strategies as a substitute. From waxing, depilation, threading, electrolysis, and laser hair elimination there are higher, extra sustainable choices to select from in terms of eradicating your physique hair.
Purchase In Bulk
Whereas it could upon first look appear counterintuitive to purchase greater than you want, there may be methodology in our insanity. You see after getting found a product that you simply completely love and can’t start to think about life with out, you recognize for certain that you’ll proceed to purchase that product time and time once more. And if that is so, then it makes excellent sense to purchase in bigger volumes. The purpose of this isn’t to purchase plenty of your ordinary sized bottles, however to do your analysis and discover out what the biggest sized bottle is obtainable that you could purchase, as a result of one massive bottle incorporates much less plastic than a number of small bottles.
In a bid to fulfill the calls for of their eco-conscious clients, many manufacturers at the moment are providing refills of their merchandise, both by providing cheaper refill packs that may be emptied into the unique container, or by providing refill stations in retailer whereby you convey your individual container to fill together with your favorite merchandise. That is nice information for each model, buyer, and planet alike. Far much less packaging is required, which is nice for the atmosphere – something we are able to do to guard valuable sources is at all times a great factor. Plus, manufacturing prices additionally considerably lower, which saves cash for the model and that is then handed right down to the client too. Shampoo model OUAI promote refill pouches on this approach, which use far much less plastic than bottles.
Another choice is to solely purchase merchandise that use recyclable packaging or supply both recycling or repurposing packages. Manufacturers equivalent to Garnier and Love Magnificence And Plant use a program referred to as TerraCycle, which permits shoppers to mail their empty magnificence merchandise, usually ones that can’t be recycled within the ordinary approach, for them to be repurposed. Prospects are then rewarded with vouchers or reductions on different merchandise to encourage the initiative.
Make investments In Our Planet
If all of us begin taking accountability for our actions and decisions, these seemingly small modifications to our magnificence regimes will start to play an element within the larger modifications. From investing in longer life magnificence tech just like the UFO 2, via to creating sustainable swaps and ditching the disposables, we are able to all make a distinction in the way forward for our planet.
*Article written in collaboration with FOREO Sweden. All views and phrases are my very own.