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 among the devastating issues it’s attempting to take care of. 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 among the injury 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 will simply make modifications to is our magnificence regimes and by fascinated with the methods wherein we will 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 will additionally spend money on our planet too.
Listed here 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 total teenage years. And while the expertise 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 severely. And within the case of the posh magnificence tech model FOREO they’re purposefully creating progressive magnificence merchandise that perform flawlessly for longer in a bid to guard the planet in addition to the purse strings of their consumers. Take for instance their common product the UFO 2. This skincare machine permits customers to expertise salon commonplace skincare from the consolation of their very own dwelling. The hand-held machine 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 raise and agency, the UFO 2 is a superb instance of a multi-functional foundational skincare machine that delivers outcomes and lasts the space. Making that one-time funding to your pores and skin, means it not solely saves you cash in the long term (I like to think about the value taking place with each use of a tool like this) however an enduring product means far much less waste and much much less pressure on the atmosphere.
Cease Utilizing Aerosols
With so many different merchandise accessible lately there may be completely no want for us to make use of aerosol magnificence merchandise any extra. Aerosols reminiscent of deodorant and hairspray, used to include harmful chemical substances referred to as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) which scientists found had been damaging the ozone layer. Nevertheless, though these chemical substances have now been eliminated, aerosols stay on our hit listing, as they nonetheless include compressed gasoline or hydrocarbons to allow the merchandise to perform, and that is under no circumstances environmentally pleasant.
So, what are the options? Effectively the excellent news is we’ve 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 constructed from anodised aluminium and recycled plastic and the deodorant itself is totally plastic free. On high of that in addition they promote refills, which could be delivered straight to your door on a subscription foundation, so that you’ll by no means run out of deodorant once more!
For those who 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 atmosphere, however nonetheless provide the outcomes you’re after.
We’ve got develop into a disposable society. We would like issues which can 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 to razors and interval merchandise, we use merchandise reminiscent of these each day, however all to the detriment of our planet, which is actually suffocating below the burden of our waste.
It’s time to ditch the disposables and swap them out with these eco-friendly options:
- Material 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 critical injury. Exchange disposable face wipes with material 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 completely different choices for us ladies to select from these days.
- Hair Removing – Cease shopping for disposable razors and swap to different hair elimination strategies as an alternative. From waxing, depilation, threading, electrolysis, and laser hair elimination there are higher, extra sustainable choices to select from in the case of eradicating your physique hair.
Purchase In Bulk
Whereas it might upon first look appear counterintuitive to purchase greater than you want, there may be methodology in our insanity. You see upon getting found a product that you simply completely love and can’t start to think about life with out, you realize for certain that you’ll proceed to purchase that product time and time once more. And if so, then it makes good sense to purchase in bigger volumes. The purpose of this isn’t to purchase a lot of your typical sized bottles, however to do your analysis and discover out what the biggest sized bottle is offered you could purchase, as a result of one giant 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 inexpensive refill packs that may be emptied into the unique container, or by providing refill stations in retailer whereby you carry 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 will do to guard treasured assets is at all times a superb 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 manner, 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 reminiscent of 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 typical manner, for them to be repurposed. Clients 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 selections, these seemingly small modifications to our magnificence regimes will start to play an element within the greater modifications. From investing in longer life magnificence tech just like the UFO 2, by to creating sustainable swaps and ditching the disposables, we will 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.