Beauty products have come a long way in the 21st century. With advanced technologies and innovative formulations, the beauty industry is making leaps and bounds with its progress. However, we still have a long way to go when it comes to sustainable beauty. Our planet has so much diversity when it comes to plants, animals, and other natural wonders. The Earth provides us with so much. So it’s up to us to do our part and encourage sustainable practices in all industries, including beauty and skincare.
Eco-beauty: What does it mean? It is a multi-dimensional term. It refers to being conscious about the carbon footprint our beauty products leave on this planet after we discard them. Have you ever thought about whether or not the packaging of your beauty products is biodegradable? The beauty industry uses a lot of single-use plastics that end up in landfills. These plastic bottles take up to a thousand years to decompose! Doesn’t that sound terrifying?
One should also confirm if their beauty products are vegan and cruelty-free. Unfortunately, there are a lot of horrendous animal testing practices carried out in the beauty industry. Vegan means that the ingredients used in your beauty products are derived from plant sources instead of animal ones. Even some of these ingredients are walk a fine line. Take in to account beeswax. Some consider it vegan and some don’t. We must take into account how these ingredients are harvested. These tiny details make a huge difference in saving the Earth one step at a time.
Luckily, awareness about the dangers of non-biodegradable packaging, animal testing, and other aspects of the beauty industry are increasing every day. Brands are trying their best to take sustainability standards into account and create products that pose less harm to the environment. From reusable and recyclable packaging to cruelty-free products, there is a green beauty revolution happening as we speak. What matters is how we play our part in it to ensure a safer planet Earth. Try to reduce landfill waste by purchasing products that won’t end up directly in the trash once you’re done with them. Buy beauty tools that promote the use of wood, bamboo, and metals instead of single-use plastics so that they can be recycled later.
You should also try to buy ethically sourced products and support the groups that are manufacturing them. Make sure you know where your money goes. Try not to promote brands that are uncharitable towards their workers. Reusable cotton pads, bamboo or wooden makeup brushes, refillable beauty containers, all help us move towards a more sustainable lifestyle.
In a world that is being stumped by the climate and ecological crisis, every small step towards saving the environment matters. Non-recyclable packaging is one of the biggest problems plaguing the beauty industry. Even though cosmetic formulations have made exciting advancements, we mustn’t forget about what’s on the outside. There is a dire need for further awareness amongst the masses and easier options available for people to dispose of their used items. Refills should be available at all major retail stores that have already begun sustainable practices. These include big chains like Walgreens, Target, Ulta Beauty, etc. Now it is up to us to encourage smaller brands to do the same so that we may save our planet from a fate that we would not want our future generations to face.
LizzieCaye Beauty is planning for a future where we can have a cyclical manufacturing system. Where our customers can send back containers free of charge, so that we may clean and reuse them, keeping them from ever having to go to a recycling center. We are also looking for containers that use recycled glass, aluminum, and paper. As a small producer, it is sometimes hard to find these products, but I will not give up!! I will always strive to bring you the best of the best.