Every year, as our habits continue to pollute the world, our ecosystem suffers on a massive scale. It may not seem like it, but many of the seemingly harmless and simple actions we take on a daily basis have a huge impact on our ecosystem. A product as simple as the plastic wrapper from a snack or the emissions from our car journey down the street contribute to environmental problems far more than you might think.
We are in a real climate crisis that makes all of us individually important to making a difference and saving our planet. You don’t have to change your entire life, but taking simple steps to reduce your carbon footprint can make a huge difference.
Wondering how you can do it? One way is to consider your beauty products. Switching to a greener beauty regimen is a great way to help our climate. To learn more, check out these easy ways to make your beauty routine greener in 2023.
Believe it or not, the beauty industry is a massive undertaking that has a huge impact on our global world. Statistics show that 152.1 billion beauty and personal care products were sold in 2018 alone, and many of these units were not recycled.
Beauty industry experts are happy for society and big business to shift the focus to better practices when it comes to beauty products. “I’m grateful that sustainability has become a major focus for consumer products recently,” said Mia Davis, vice president of sustainability and impact at Credo Beauty. “Sustainability in beauty means that the work we do now — the resources we extract, the things we make — won’t compromise people’s ability to do the same in the future.”
But switching to greener products can seem like a daunting task that many people just don’t want to commit to. But experts also say it doesn’t have to be complicated. “A lot of people think they have to give up their lifestyle to be sustainable, but it’s really all about finding better alternatives,” says Janeu, a low-waste living expert and content creator.
In the spirit of staying open-minded and taking small steps toward a better routine, here are some tips that experts say you can start incorporating.
Use what you already have:
Many of us are guilty of finding something new to try and throwing away an old product that we may not want to use anymore. Now, this might be because it’s not the right product for you, but that doesn’t mean it should go in the trash. Green lifestyle expert Ashley Piper says, “If something isn’t your color or doesn’t work for you, consider selling it on Poshmark by offering it to your neighborhood’s Buy Nothing Facebook group (makeup, even the makeup used is hot in my group), or give some to a friend who likes to experiment with new-to-them products.
Buy things made with less plastic packaging:
Packaging is a great place to start when it comes to reducing your carbon footprint. “What you want to look for is something that has compostable, easily recyclable, refillable or reusable packaging — or better yet, no packaging at all,” Piper said.
Take the reuse and recharge approach.
Look for refillable products or buy your own refillable containers and buy in bulk. “Anytime we can reuse or refill, we should — that’s the direction we all need to move for consumer products,” Davis says.
Make your bathroom an ecological place.
Once you’ve used up all of your pre-owned items, now the fun begins with replacing your essentials—like cotton balls, menstrual supplies, and razors—in a greener way. “First use what you have and then replace those items with reusable alternatives,” says Jhanneu.