Makeup bags and bathrooms around the world are filled with single use plastic containers. Add up the pumps, bottles, tubes, lids, palettes and brushes in your beauty routine, and it’s easy to see how the cosmetics industry produces billions of pieces of plastic waste each year.

Daunting? Slightly. But we can all make small sustainability swaps that can help reduce our footprint.

1. Avoid buying products in plastic.
Seek out options in glass bottles, jars or aluminum (like our entire range!). If you can’t do that, try to find refillable options.

2. Choose brands that don’t come in excess packaging (or no packaging at all).
Try swapping your hand soap & body wash pumps to bars.

3. Ditch the disposable cotton rounds. Swap to washable Forever Cotton Rounds.
An average woman will use almost 90,000 cotton pads in her lifetime and it will take 100 years for these to disappear from landfill.

4. Reconsider your cotton bud choice.
Look for bamboo instead of plastic cotton buds. Bamboo is sustainable, compostable and 100% biodegradable.

5. Swap your plastic toothbrush for bamboo.
Better for the planet and just as easy to find in most stores.

6. Make the effort to recycle!
Did you know products used in the bathroom tend to have a low recycling rate (people typically keep their recycling bins in the kitchen). Make it easier for yourself by keeping an empty container in the cabinet to collect those tubes, bottles and boxes once your products are finished. Need more incentive? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, recycling just ten plastic bottles saves enough energy to power a laptop for more than 25 hours.

7. Reuse.
Save some of your smaller sized bottles and decant your favourite products for your travel bag.

8. Bathroom clean out.
Never a better time to go through your bathroom cabinets and your makeup stash. Find products that are almost finished that you need to use first, collect any expired products that need to be emptied and recycled. Find those unopened samples you haven't used or don’t need and donate them to a friend or women’s charity. Starting afresh is often the best way to reset your routine.

Little changes we make in our daily beauty routines will reduce the impact on the planet. Every bit helps. What do you do at home?

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