How To Make Your Beauty Routine Plastic-Free

Plastic ain’t fantastic, here are five ways to reduce the amount of plastic in your bathroom this Plastic Free July.

This July millions will pledge to break-up with single-use plastic, so while you’re at it why not have a look at your beauty routine too? The bathroom is arguably one of the hardest rooms in your home to make more sustainable, let alone plastic free. Warning: moving towards a plastic-free beauty routine is no easy feat and can be completely overwhelming but here are a couple of pointers to have you on your way.

1. Head To The Bar

Not everything about sustainability is innovation and technology, sometimes it is about taking a couple of pointers from grandma. One of the easiest switches to make is to a bar of soap. We’re not just talking body wash but hand soap, facial cleansing soaps and shampoo bars. Not only are they plastic free but they will last a lot longer than plastic bottles—for example, one shampoo bar is the equivalent of six plastic bottles of shampoo.

2. Switch From Single-Use

While coffee cups might not be a part of your beauty routine chances are a number of single-use items will be. Make the switch and ditch items like single-use make-up wipes for reusable, sheet face masks for masks in a pot and plastic cotton tips for compostable bamboo tips. These small switches will make a huge difference in the long run.

3. Beauty On The Outside

In 2019, the global cosmetics industry produced more than 120 billion units of packaging. When you’re looking to make your next purchase opt for plastic-free packaging where you can, aluminium, paper and glass are the preferred choice or better yet go nude! If not dispose of your empties responsibly, Mecca and David Jones now offer in-store recycling programs.

4. Planet Therapy

You might be already on your way to a plastic-free routine without even realising it, high-five! Eyebrow threading and sugar waxing are two effective and environmentally-friendly beauty treatments. Which means no more plastic razors, removal strips and plastic-laden shaving creams. Take a look at the beauty treatments in your diary and see which ones you can switch out for a plastic-free alternative! 

5. Turn Your Brush Green

If there’s one thing you do after reading this, let it be switching to a bamboo toothbrush. Every single plastic toothbrush that you and I have ever used still exists somewhere on this planet and is going to stick around for at least the next 300 years! Switching to a bamboo toothbrush which can be composted when you’re done means you’re doing something for the planet every single day. 

July 13, 2021

How To Make Your Beauty Routine Plastic-Free

Plastic ain’t fantastic, here are five ways to reduce the amount of plastic in your bathroom this Plastic Free July.

This July millions will pledge to break-up with single-use plastic, so while you’re at it why not have a look at your beauty routine too? The bathroom is arguably one of the hardest rooms in your home to make more sustainable, let alone plastic free. Warning: moving towards a plastic-free beauty routine is no easy feat and can be completely overwhelming but here are a couple of pointers to have you on your way.

Photography: Brogan Chidley

1. Head To The Bar

Not everything about sustainability is innovation and technology, sometimes it is about taking a couple of pointers from grandma. One of the easiest switches to make is to a bar of soap. We’re not just talking body wash but hand soap, facial cleansing soaps and shampoo bars. Not only are they plastic free but they will last a lot longer than plastic bottles—for example, one shampoo bar is the equivalent of six plastic bottles of shampoo.

2. Switch From Single-Use

While coffee cups might not be a part of your beauty routine chances are a number of single-use items will be. Make the switch and ditch items like single-use make-up wipes for reusable, sheet face masks for masks in a pot and plastic cotton tips for compostable bamboo tips. These small switches will make a huge difference in the long run.

3. Beauty On The Outside

In 2019, the global cosmetics industry produced more than 120 billion units of packaging. When you’re looking to make your next purchase opt for plastic-free packaging where you can, aluminium, paper and glass are the preferred choice or better yet go nude! If not dispose of your empties responsibly, Mecca and David Jones now offer in-store recycling programs.

4. Planet Therapy

You might be already on your way to a plastic-free routine without even realising it, high-five! Eyebrow threading and sugar waxing are two effective and environmentally-friendly beauty treatments. Which means no more plastic razors, removal strips and plastic-laden shaving creams. Take a look at the beauty treatments in your diary and see which ones you can switch out for a plastic-free alternative! 

Photography: Brogan Chidley

5. Turn Your Brush Green

If there’s one thing you do after reading this, let it be switching to a bamboo toothbrush. Every single plastic toothbrush that you and I have ever used still exists somewhere on this planet and is going to stick around for at least the next 300 years! Switching to a bamboo toothbrush which can be composted when you’re done means you’re doing something for the planet every single day. 

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