Trash Talk - Plastic Free in the Beauty World Isn't Pretty
I will admit, I was late to the plastic free party, but as they say, "Better late than never". So, what changed my mind? Why suddenly am I asking others to consider their consumption of plastics? Well, the answer is simple, we are killing our planet. I am not a scientist, nor am I someone that can spew tons of facts. In Canada, one of the sources of information is from the Plastic Action Centre, the information they provide can answer some of those questions that you're seeking answers for.
For me personally, I began to look around, and to think about the simple things I could do to stop the proliferation of plastic in my life. One of the easiest areas was my beauty/personal hygiene and wellness products. It dawned on me that I was already seeking more natural, clean, sustainable, and cruelty-free products, but realized it still came at a heavy environmental cost. Many of our beauty/hygiene products promote clean, natural ingredients, but are packaged in PLASTIC!
This became a real head scratcher for me, on one hand I really like when products are made to be environmentally friendly, use plant-based ingredients and are not tested on animals. But when I would go to purchase them, they were packaged in non-recyclable plastic containers, used single-use plastic wrapping and worst of all, were shipped to me in boxes filled with Styrofoam and wrapped in more single use plastic. That just did not sit well with me. So began my journey, and one of the things I did was to start Hunni-Bunni.com, we seek out products that are not packaged in plastic, use cardboard, paper or glass as their containers or packaging.
Here are some of our ideas on how you can start your own journey to become plastic free or limit the amount of plastic in your life from a beauty or personal hygiene standpoint.
- Switch to a solid shampoo, conditioner, hair treatment or body soap. Opting for a solid shampoo, conditioner or body soap is a great way to rid your routine of plastic packaging that is not always biodegradable.
- Use refillable products. Refillable beauty is not a new idea but in recent years it is one that has caught on. It calls into question the waste that accrues from our old beauty compacts, tubs and tubes and offers an opportunity for mindful consumption.
- Use a face washer or muslin cloth. There is something pleasurable about a fluffy white towel to pat your face dry with after cleansing. If you are looking for more exfoliating power, try a cotton muslin cloth instead. They are the perfect way to take your beauty routine to the next level while you forget about tissues and disposable wipes.
- Switch to a bamboo toothbrush. This is one of the easier transitions to make if you want to eliminate plastic from your beauty routine. Bamboo toothbrushes have become a popular alternative to the plastic ones we have grown accustomed to. They are also very affordable. Just remember to remove the bristles once you are done, they are usually made of nylon and won’t decompose.
- Choose reusable cotton rounds. Cotton pads are another one of those niggly beauty necessities that we tend to throw away without blinking an eye. Luckily for us, there are some great reusable options that make it easy to cut down on waste. Just make sure you pick ones made from bamboo or cotton.
- Swap to bamboo cotton buds. This is another beauty tool where bamboo stands in as an affordable and eco friendly alternative.
- Change your deodorant. You can buy both cream and solid deodorant in glass and cardboard packaging.
- Say no to glitter. Removing glitter from our beauty products means eschewing micro plastics which are harmful to our waterways, rivers and oceans taking many years to decompose. Some makeup will contain mica as a shimmery alternative. Mica’s mining history is shrouded in stories of exploitation and child labour. So, you might want to check your cosmetics for both mica and glitter. But if you are looking for extra glow, dab your favourite oil or lip balm onto those high points instead.
- Buy in bulk. While it does not eliminate plastic, it does slow down your consumption of it. You will find buying your body moisturizer, shampoo, and conditioner in bulk to be the most effective as these are the items you use most. While you may find it to be more expensive upfront, it is a great investment in the environment and will save you money in the long run.
- Use plastic-free beauty brands. If you are looking to take your beauty routine to the next step, all the brands we carry at Hunni-Bunni are dedicated to a plastic free world.
If you would like more information on other ways to eliminate or reduce plastic from your life, check out PlasticFreeJuly.org. Take the the Plastic Free Challenge and start your own path to a plastic free life!