Despite what Dolly Parton may tell us, plastic is not fantastic. Every single day across the globe, billions of hunks of plastic used in beauty and cosmetics are entering the environment and just not breaking down properly. As a society of consumers we seem to forget that the worst ecological material we have to leave behind is our good ole friend Mr. Plastic. If you are looking for ways to cut out plastic but still maintain your style and glow, then “be the change you want to see in the world”. Begin by reducing your use at home. Simple, small, but highly effective in the grander scheme of things, here are the BloomMe tips to cut down on our use of plastic:
Choose products that come packaging free
We are always looking after ourselves (and we always should be, because we are amazing and deserve the best of everything!). However, buying our favourite moisturiser from Sasa or Bonjour every few weeks we are inadvertently contributing to the plastic waste problem whether we like it or not. Tubs, containers, even plastic jars all carry our goodies. What we need to start doing is changing our choices from plastic packaging to natural packaging.
Companies such as Lush are famous not only for their amazing scents, smells, and Christmas present ideas, but for their biodegradable packing is another wonder. While shopping for your next pamper always ask for a paper bag!
Reuse old packaging, and opt for bulk-buying
You know that you love that mascara, so why do you keep dashing into Sasa and Bonjour every fortnight to pick up the small, cheap sample size version of it? By choosing to shop smarter rather than frequently, you can help to cut down on single-use cosmetic containers. Most brands will offer a larger bulk version of the product you’re buying. So by choosing to invest in a larger size of the thing you love then you are helping to keep several smaller containers out of the oceans.
Even better, some companies will openly encourage you to bring back empty containers to have them refilled with old products. MAC makeup have a super awesome arrangement where if you bring back 6 empty containers of their products, you get a brand new lipstick for free! Check out locations across Hong Kong that offer this deal and get yourself a new lippie ASAPLY.
Get yourself a bamboo toothbrush
An easy swap to make in the household, swapping out your regular plastic toothbrush for a bamboo toothbrush is a great way to make a change. You often replace your toothbrush 3-4 times a year and it is estimated that 4.7 billion toothbrushes enter landfills a year! By switching to something as eco-friendly as a bamboo brush is not only good for the environment but also super chic to have in the bathroom.
Some good looking bamboo brushes (that are also completely organic ) can easily be purchased online, we love Brush with Bamboo brushes.
Swap out your body wash for bars of soap
We all love smelling delicious, but when you stop to think about it your body wash comes in a plastic bottle and that bottle is only just going to end up in a landfill. To keep smelling absolutely delightful after your shower (and throughout the day) make the switch to using a bar soap rather than body wash. Soap lasts a long time. And as an added bonus they often contain natural ingredients that work wonders on your skin (olives and rose? Hello, hydrations!)
Most organic or natural soap companies pack their soaps in cardboard or au-naturale materials like wood which can easily be repurposed and will break down (unlike plastic). Next time you’re doing your shower shopping, head for the soaps and cut down on your shower plastic.
Invest in a diva cup
Every month, we reach for our drawer of tampons, pads, and backup and slightly ugly period underpants for a week of sour moods and sore tummies. But spare a thought for the amount of plastic waste that use of tampons and pads create every single month. All of these feminine products end up in the same place: landfills. To combat this mess, the solution is the menstruation cup (or the diva cup). A cup usually made of high-grade silicone if worn inside the vagina to catch everything instead of soaking it up. They can be worn for 12 hours (twice as long as a pad or tampon), are reusable for around 1.5 years, can be worn swimming, and best of all have no association with TSS (toxic shock syndrome). They can take a little getting used to at first, but the slight discomfort greatly outweighs the benefits of helping the environment and less money spent on feminine goods.
BloomMe loves the Lunette Menstrual Cup, which can be bought here.
Avoid cosmetic products that contain micro-beads like the plague
These small exfoliating beads found in your face wash may seem like a harmless little bead of good skincare. But the fact of the matter if that these pesky micro-plastics have been banned in several countries because of their devastating effect on the environment. Until Hong Kong decides to catch up and ban these evil little beads, a good alternative for you to use is a cleanser with natural exfoliants. A scrub with apricot husks, oatmeal, sugar, and even honey can be used as an exfoliant (and will leave you smelling delicious).
Raged war on plastic and now looking for another environment-hurting product? Let’s start the battle against our fabulous arch nemesis: glitter.
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