Zero waste cosmetics: less and less environmental impact


We all use personal care products on a daily basis but few of us wonder if this can have a negative impact on the environment. For a more sustainable and eco-friendly style, today there is the possibility to choose zero waste accessories and cosmetics: skin and the environment will thank you.

Read on: we tell you everything about the zero waste trend that is conquering more and more people!

Products with plastic free packaging

One of the main aspects of zero waste cosmetics is favoring products that use recycled plastic, bioplastic or paper for packaging. Fortunately, in the cosmetics industry, the offer is increasingly varied, so that those who want to make choices to support the environment can fully satisfy their needs.

Plastic is the material that has so far been most used for cosmetic packaging: these cannot be recycled and contribute to having a negative impact on the environment. According to the WWF, it is estimated that up to 12.7 million tons of plastic waste are lost in the oceans every year.

Without forgetting the microplastics, which end up being ingested by marine organisms. The cosmetics industry also has a significant impact on the dispersion of microplastics in water: fortunately in Italy from January 2020 it is forbidden to produce and market specific categories of cosmetic products which contain microplastics, such as rinsing cosmetic products with an exfoliating action. .

Less use of plastic bottles and jars, therefore, and more space for paper packaging, which are perfect
to contain solid cosmetics. Haven’t you ever heard of it?

Solid cosmetics

These are cosmetics that have nothing less than traditional ones… Except water! The absence of this ingredient means that they can be packaged with paper and the widespread solid shampoos are an example. But beware: the washing power and the ability to generate foam have nothing to envy to traditional shampoos. There are various proposals on the market: discover here a selection of solid shampoos.

But be careful not to confuse solid shampoo with ordinary soaps. The appearance could lead us to assimilate them, but their composition is very different: the pH of the soap is basic and tends to dry the hair.
Solid shampoo, on the other hand, is formulated with the same surfactants as traditional shampoo (except water) and does not present problems for the hair and scalp.
A final super advantage to report deriving from the use of solid shampoo is its convenience when traveling: it can be taken by plane without restrictions and there is no risk of it becoming too cluttered or overturned!

Reusable make-up remover pads

As any beauty expert could advise, removing make-up every night is a gesture of care for our skin: we remove impurities and smog and it is a cuddle before going to sleep. But few stop to reflect on the environmental impact of such a simple gesture as the make-up removal from the face: most people, in fact, use disposable cotton pads or soaked wipes. Few people know that cotton is treated with chemical solutions and subjected to a bleaching process before being used in cosmetics.

If we add to this that we apply various kinds of make-up removers on disposable pads, we are producing a non-differentiable generic waste. Not really an eco-friendly choice, then.
But there is a solution: reusable make-up remover pads are a valid alternative. As the name implies, they can be used many times as, after using them, just wash them with a mild detergent or in the washing machine. Most are in cotton or bamboo.

How are they used? It is advisable to moisten the disk before use and apply the chosen cleanser to it: this will make it easier to remove make-up. If used to remove make-up from the eyes, it is important to remember that this area is extremely delicate: it is therefore necessary to use the pads with gentle movements and without rubbing.
Are you curious? There are no more excuses not to switch to the green alternative to remove make-up! Discover the diskettes here

Bamboo brush and hairbrush

The rule is that the toothbrush should be changed every 3 months. This is a good habit, but what is its impact on the environment? If we consider that the used toothbrush must be disposed of in the unsorted way and the packaging of the new one often contains plastic, it is clear that we are contributing to polluting the environment even with such a simple gesture.
The eco-friendly solution is to choose it bamboo toothbrush: many companies also sell it in plastic-free packaging.
Bamboo is a natural material and can be disposed of in the organic. However, pay attention to the correct disposal of bamboo brushes when they need to be replaced.

To have a positive impact on the environment, it must be recycled properly, i.e. remove the bristles with the help of tweezers. These will end up in the undifferentiated collection. The bamboo handle, on the other hand, can be disposed of in organic waste.
The same can be applied to the bamboo hairbrush. For those who are attentive to the topic, many
brushes are also cruelty free, as they have bristles not of animal origin (unlike brushes with bristles coming from wild boar hair). The bamboo brushes are suitable for all hair types and can also be used for the little ones!

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