“The purpose – where I start – is the idea of use. It is not recycling, it’s reuse.”
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!
Single use plastics
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!
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.
Found in face wipes, cleansing cloths, and even beauty blenders, microfibers have taken the beauty industry by storm, but at what cost to the environment? The problem with microfibers is that they are simply so small. This causes problems with our water system, as they are too small to be filtered out, meaning they sail straight through to our oceans and water supply. To humans, microfiber ingestion can cause lung inflammation, but they can cause deadly affects to marine life. Microfibers make their way through the food chain, allowing the animals to absorb toxic chemicals. Plenty of products are microfiber-free, so steer clear and opt for a sustainable alternative!
Sustainable luxury is on the rise, as socially-conscious consumers insist on eco-friendly products. It truly is the future. We’ve seen it with fair trade foods and fast fashion, as they face calls to act responsibly and sustainably, and the time is coming for beauty industry. ‘Sustainable’ and ‘luxury’ are no longer mutually exclusive – show-stopping, high-quality pieces are now being made with the planets future in mind. It’s time brands incorporate biodegradable packaging, reusable products with responsibly sourced materials.
The BM&Y Difference
BM&Y Reusable Bamboo Cotton Pads are not standard pads. They have a layer of organic sponge, for added softness and a luxurious feel. The outer edges also have a fabric seam to ensure that they always work perfectly and always look great.
Mother Nature Approved