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 duty, to aim to reverse a number of the harm that has already been finished. 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 a lot of small modifications add as much as make huge 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 fascinated with the methods wherein 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 magnificence devices from once I was youthful, I bear in mind them lasting for completely ages. I had a pair of gasoline cartridge hair straighteners that served me properly all through my complete teenage years. And while the know-how has improved massively (oh what my teenage self would have finished to personal a pair of GHDs in the event that they’d have existed again then!) it appears as if lately merchandise like this simply aren’t made to final any extra.
Nevertheless, that is one thing that corporations are beginning to take extra critically. And within the case of the posh magnificence tech model 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 patrons. Take for instance their common product the UFO 2. This skincare system permits customers to expertise salon commonplace skincare from the consolation of their very own house. 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 offer 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 elevate and agency, the UFO 2 is a superb instance of a multi-functional foundational skincare system that delivers outcomes and lasts the gap. Making that one-time funding in your pores and skin, means it not solely saves you cash in the long term (I like to consider the value happening with each use of a tool like this) however an enduring product means far much less waste and much much less pressure on the surroundings.
Cease Utilizing Aerosols
With so many different merchandise obtainable lately there may be completely no want for us to make use of aerosol magnificence merchandise any extra. Aerosols akin to deodorant and hairspray, used to include harmful chemical compounds referred to as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) which scientists found had been damaging the ozone layer. Nevertheless, although these chemical compounds have now been eliminated, aerosols stay on our hit checklist, as they nonetheless include compressed gasoline or hydrocarbons to allow the merchandise to operate, and that is not at all environmentally pleasant.
So, what are the alternate options? Properly the excellent news is now we 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 made out of anodised aluminium and recycled plastic and the deodorant itself is totally plastic free. On prime of that additionally they promote refills, which might be delivered straight to your door on a subscription foundation, so that you’ll by no means run out of deodorant once more!
Should 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 an alternative of gasoline, as these are higher for the surroundings, however nonetheless provide the outcomes you’re after.
We now have turn out to be a disposable society. We wish issues which might be simple 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, by means of to razors and interval merchandise, we use merchandise akin to these every day, however all to the detriment of our planet, which is actually suffocating beneath the burden of our waste.
It’s time to ditch the disposables and change them out with these eco-friendly alternate options:
- Cloth Facial Pads – We use and throw away roughly 11 billion wipes yearly. These wipes both block up our sewers or find yourself in our oceans and it’s inflicting some severe harm. Exchange disposable face wipes with cloth rounds that may be washed and reused.
- Interval Merchandise – In Europe and the USA over 80% of menstrual merchandise find yourself in landfill and the plastic parts contained inside them can take as much as 500 years to interrupt down. Reusable interval merchandise are the answer to this drawback. Whether or not you select a Moon Cup or a pair of washable interval pants there are fortunately a lot of totally different choices for us ladies to select from these days.
- Hair Removing – Cease shopping for disposable razors and change to different hair removing strategies as an alternative. From waxing, depilation, threading, electrolysis, and laser hair removing there are higher, extra sustainable choices to select from relating to eradicating your physique hair.
Purchase In Bulk
Whereas it might upon first look appear counterintuitive to purchase greater than you want, there may be technique in our insanity. You see after getting found a product that you just completely love and can’t start to think about life with out, you understand for positive 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 a lot of your ordinary sized bottles, however to do your analysis and discover out what the biggest sized bottle is offered that you could purchase, as a result of one giant bottle comprises much less plastic than a number of small bottles.
In a bid to fulfill the calls for of their eco-conscious clients, many manufacturers are actually providing refills of their merchandise, both by providing inexpensive 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 along 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 surroundings – something we are able to do to guard treasured sources is all the time a superb factor. Plus, manufacturing prices additionally considerably lower, which saves cash for the model and that is then handed all the way down to the client too. Shampoo model OUAI promote refill pouches on this method, which use far much less plastic than bottles.
An alternative choice is to solely purchase merchandise that use recyclable packaging or provide both recycling or repurposing packages. Manufacturers akin to Garnier and Love Magnificence And Plant use a program referred to as TerraCycle, which permits shoppers to mail their empty magnificence merchandise, sometimes ones that can’t be recycled within the ordinary method, 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 duty 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, by means of 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.