11 Sustainable Beauty Switches


The problem the beauty industry poses on the planet is well versed but bears repeating. According to Zero Waste, more than 120 billion units of packaging are produced every year by the global cosmetics industry, much of which is not recyclable. The majority of products come packaged in plastic, which – when talking about your average moisturiser pot – can take nearly 1,000 years to decompose. Then there’s the plastic wrappings, paper inserts, cardboard sleeves, foam, mirrored glass and more, sometimes all present in one purchase.

Of the product packaging we can recycle, half of us don’t. Research from Garnier found that over 56 per cent of Brits (that’s 4.5 million people) don’t recycle bathroom products because of the inconvenience. If these items aren’t given a second life, they simply go into landfill – or potentially litter our environment. Then there's the problems of sustainability of ingredients, and planet-damaging chemicals.

Thankfully, beauty companies big and small have been cleaning up their act, and as consumers make more conscious choices – increasingly armed with information on sustainability – a collective attitude shift has been made. To ensure you’re doing your bit try these simple swaps for a greener beauty regime.

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6. Swap regular dental floss for biodegradable versions

There are many different types of dental floss, but typically it’s made from wax-coated nylon (which is derived from crude oil) and is housed in a plastic case. Frankly, floss has little chance of being recycled, so shop for biodegradable versions. Try Georganics Silk Dental Floss which is made of silk coated in natural, food grade candelilla wax. It’s biodegradable and packaged in a zero-waste glass container with a metal dispensing lid allowing you to cut the floss.

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