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Landfill

According to Rebecca Crawforth in association with Navy Pro, beauty salons are responsible for 1.3 million beauty tools landing on landfill heaps each month. 

With eye-catching bottles, brightly-coloured packaging and irresistible beauty products lining the shelves in cosmetic stores up and down the country, it can be hard to break the cycle, which is why we need to take matters into our own hands. It takes an average of 1,000 years for plastic to decompose (around 30 generations!), so opting for sustainable products with biodegradable packaging will help reduce our footprints, and promise a better future for generations to come.

Have your say below: “What happens to landfill when they are full?

Single use plastic bottles

Single use plastic

A study by Zero Waste Europe found that the beauty sector generated over 142 billion units of packaging in 2018.

The vast majority of which found its way to either a landfill or the ocean. Not only is this incredibly harmful to wildlife, but the chemical usage can have a devastating effect on our health. Many people assume plastic slowly disintegrates until it simply disappears, but the truth is much worse.  As plastic breaks apart, microplastics are formed – as the name suggests, these are tiny plastic pieces, often under 5mm long. Microplastics then make their way into our water streams, ending up being ingested by wildlife, or us humans!

Have your say below: “Is plastic biodegradable?”

Reusability

Reusability

Since our formative years we’ve been taught that recycling is key.

But what if I told you that it’s not the best option to keep our air fresh and our oceans clean? Reusing our beauty products is a better alternative, from the products themselves to their packaging, we can save on energy used in the recycling process.

 Whether it’s turning your candle jar into a statement makeup brush holder, re-purposing perfume bottles or using decorative string as a hair bow, there are plenty of options to save money and the environment at the same time!

Have your say below: “What happens when you put all of your rubbish into one recycling bin?”