Since learning about the #zerowaste lifestyle, I've made changes to our daily routines, from the way we buy our food, to how we clean our home.
But I've also made changes to my beauty routines, like consuming less and opting for plastic free solutions. Today I want to talk about those plastic free solutions.
I've also written a post about creating a more eco friendly beauty routine, so please check that out here.
Why Avoid Plastic?
I avoid plastic for health and environmental reasons. I also find glass and other plastic alternatives to be much more beautiful and I like surrounding myself with beautiful things. Here are the main reasons I avoid plastic. All of the information below and more can be found at Life Without Plastic.
How Does Plastic Influence Our Health?
- Chemicals from plastics can be "hormone-mimicking, endocrine disruptors like BPA and phthalates"
- These chemicals are linked to reproductive system issues, impaired brain functions, cardiovascular damage, adult-onset diabetes, early puberty, ect.
How Does Plastic Influence Our Environment?
- Plastics are made from petroleum or natural gas. Both of these are non-renewable resources that can destroy eco systems
- Plastic creation, and it's destruction can pollute the air, land, and water.
- Workers in these factories are exposed to toxic chemicals
- Plastic packaging is a really big source of landfill waste
- Plastic packaging is eaten by animals, often killing them
- Plastic is not biodegradable and just sits in a landfill
How Can I Reduce Plastic in my Beauty Routine?
1. Use a Bar of Soap //
Instead of a bottled body wash, go for a luxurious bar of soap. They can be found without plastic packaging in bulk stores like Strictly Bulk and Whole Foods.
A quality bar of soap can go a long way. I use a hydrating one to wash my body and shave my legs. I use an unscented one to wash my hands and clean my makeup brushes. I'm also looking into shampoo bars for plastic free hair care!
2. Opt for Plastic Free Shower Tools + Accessories //
When it comes to things like body sponges, dry brushing, and other shower tools, opt for plastic free alternatives. A few of my favourites are listed below, but you can always search at natural health food stores and online for plastic free products suited to you.
- Wooden Dry Brush // Amazon
- Wooden Nail Brush // Amazon
- Wooden Foot File // Earth Therapeutics
- Linen Body Wash Glove // Lost in Linen
3. Opt for Plastic Free Oral Care //
This may sound daunting, but you really can take care of your teeth without using plastic. The first step is a biodegradable, BPA free Bamboo Toothbrush.
The second step is a DIY Toothpaste and DIY Mouthwash. If you're worried about how they compare to conventional products, don't. I've been using these since I first went vegan four years ago and my teeth are strong and healthy.
The last step to a plastic free oral care routine is floss. This is the trickiest step because there isn't a 100% plastic free option. I go for the EcoDent Gentle Floss. It's not perfect, but it's got less plastic than conventional options.
4. Opt for Plastic Free Shaving Products //
In this first tip I mentioned using a bar of soap to shave. I also recommend getting a plastic free razor.
If you're in Canada, take a look at the Old Faithful Shop's Steel Safety Razor. I think it's actually quite simple and beautiful, and it brings a unique quality to my shower shelf.
If you'd like to use a soap specifically for shaving, you can find so many options at healthy and bulk stores, but the OFS also offers a triple milled Shaving Soap in a Mahogany Bowl, with refills available.
5. Opt for Products Packaged in Glass or Paper
I've saved this for last because it's kind of annoying. It's what I've started doing, but I realize it's not feasible for everyone nor every product.
My favourite cleanser comes in a plastic bottle. I won't give it up until something else comes even close to comparing.
But I don't mind opting for bath salts, scrubs, or body butters in glass jars. I don't mind buying soap wrapped in paper.
It's not about overhauling everything, but doing your best to reduce plastic while still taking care of your skin and your body and making yourself happy.
How do you reduce plastic in your beauty routine?
Until next time,