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How to reduce the plastic in your beauty routine

How to reduce the plastic in your beauty routine
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Eco-beauty is becoming more and more widely available, with a lot of brands working hard to reduce their carbon footprint through plastic-reduction and more environmentally-friendly formulas.

Plastic-free beauty is a hotly-debated topic at the moment, which is why we are looking at some of the easy beauty swaps you can make to do your bit for the environment.

4 ways to reduce your beauty plastic consumption

Swap cotton for konjac

If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, swap out your cotton pads for a konjac sponge. Cotton pads (and face wipes in general) are non-biodegradable so go straight into landfill.

Konjac sponges on the other hand are made from natural materials and are eco-friendly. Our favourites are from Garnier and The Konjac Sponge Company. Naturally cleansing, they also have gentle exfoliating properties to keep your skin clear and smooth. Now, can your cotton pad do that?

Go supersized

Supersized products will mean you will need to replace them less, hence reducing their and your impact on the environment.

If you have a cult favourite beauty product, then buy supersized or in bulk to reduce the need to buy them often. Some of our favourite eco-friendly supersizes include the Aveda litre bottles, which are made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic.

Buy products made from recyled materials

More and more beauty brands are opting to use recycled materials in their packaging in a bid to reduce their environmental impact.

The Redken Nature + Science collection has been specially developed with 94% post-consumer recycled plastic to make the bottles more eco-friendly. Packed with vegan formulations of their bestselling Extreme, Colour Extend and All Soft ranges, the shampoos and conditioners are also paraben and sulphate-free.

Alternatively, if you want to reduce your carbon footprint further, opt for products that are plastic-free or predominantly plastic-free. We Are Paradoxx is a luxury haircare brand working to reduce their impact on the environment and their cult product The Hangover Hair Elixir is 90% plastic-free.

Bars instead of bottles

Bars don't come in plastic packaging, which naturally make them more eco-friendly than their bottle counterparts. They also tend to last longer than bottled formulas so work wonders if you want to reduce the amount of product you're buying over time.

Some of our favourite beauty bars include the Christophe Robin Hydrating Shampoo Bar for the hair, Gallinée Prebiotic Cleansing Bar for the face and Dr. Botanicals Vanilla Chai and Amber Relaxing Cleansing Bar for the body.

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