March 17, 2021
The Beauty Industry’s Role in Waste & What You Can Do
Since the 1950’s, plastic production has been increasing at staggering rates and generating a whole lot of waste along the way. One of the biggest culprits? The beauty industry.
As a society we've become normalized to plastic
If you were to walk into your bathroom right now, how many of your personal care products are made with single-use plastics? We’re willing to bet that number is over 75% and the majority of that plastic will end up in a landfill.
Since 1960, plastic packaging has increased over 120 times in the US (this takes into account all products, but personal care products account for the majority.)Packaging also happens to be the largest contributor of waste when compared to other industrial sectors (textiles, construction, etc.), which is no surprise due to it’s short “in-use” life cycle of roughly 6 months or less.Like many of us, you might be thinking, “but what if I recycle, doesn’t that make a difference?” According to the United Nations Environment Programme, recycling is not the answer given that “only 9% of all plastic waste ever produced has been recycled. About 12% [of plastic] is incinerated, while the rest — 79% — has accumulated in landfills, dumps or the natural environment.”
"Only 9% of all plastic waste ever produced has been recycled. About 12% [of plastic] is incinerated, while the rest — 79% — has accumulated in landfills, dumps or the natural environment.”
- United Nations Environmental Programme
If you’re looking for ways to reduce plastic consumption, we’ve included a few simple tips below to get you started on your path to making a huge difference:
Choose Brands that Support the Environment
Many manufacturers or personal care products are aiming to do their part when it comes to reducing their carbon footprint. One of these brands making waves in both professional spas around the world and in your own bathroom at home is Moor Spa.
This year, Moor Spa is rolling out new packaging that contains d2w® technology, which is designed to shorten the life of plastic by accelerating oxidation. In addition to its ability to break down, it can also be recycled as part of a normal plastic waste stream.
Another brand that’s changing the game is KOZI Herbal Wraps. Their packaging is plastic-free and 100% recyclable. It’s actually so beautiful that it can also be reused for various purposes at home!
Reuse Packaging At Home
Instead of throwing out your plastic bottles and containers, try and reuse them when possible! Many packages can be refilled and potentially reused as your travel containers; some can be used to start seedlings in if you’re a gardener; others can be used to create your own DIY products and given as gifts. Think outside the box ;)
Ditch Disposables When Possible
Do you use disposable cotton balls or swabs to remove your makeup and/or apply toners? Try using reusable cloths instead that can be thrown in the washing machine rather than in your trashcan.
Last but not least, we all know how important drinking water is –– especially when it comes to beauty care! One of the biggest things you can do to reduce your plastic consumption is to ditch the disposable water bottles. Not only will this save you money in the long run, but it will also prevent tons (literally) of plastic from entering landfills and polluting the environment.
VitaJuwel offers a wide variety of water bottles, dispensers, and fine drinking glasses infused with the beauty of gemstones to offer you an invigorating drinking experience that you can feel good about.
Written by BEing WELL
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