You want nice skin but you also care about the planet, how can you balance your concerns?
Several large companies have recently made commitments to cut back on post consumer waste by using recycled plastic, refillable bottles, and less outer packaging. This is a huge step in the right direction!
Some small tips can go a long way when it comes to environmental impact from personal care products:
Looks for items with the least amount of packaging. Excessive wrapping can look pretty and make it feel like you are getting a “gift” but most of it ends up in the landfill.
Shop locally. Not only do you support your neighbors and community, but you lessen the environmental impact of shipping and packing materials.
Use up all the products you have. If a cream is too rich for your face, use it on your body. Don’t throw away perfectly good products!
Streamline your routine to 2-3 products per season. Rotate your products as necessary when a bottle is empty. 5-6 open products run the risk of expiring before you can use them all.
Recycle your empty packages! This may seem obvious but if there’s no recycling bin in the bathroom it’s an easy one to miss.
Donate unused items. Skin care can be an impulse buy and return policies can be strict. Check with your local homeless shelter, many of them welcome donations of unused (or gently used) personal care products.