We started with saying no to single-use plastic bags at the supermarket then switching to reusable shopping bags. Next, we began refusing disposable water bottles to replace them with reusable drinking bottles. We have also learned ways on how to minimize packaging waste from personal care products.
Now, it’s time to look at the makeup tools that we use in our skincare routine. Here are reasons why you should be using zero-waste makeup utensils.
It reduces your carbon footprint.
A carbon footprint is defined as the total amount of greenhouse gases generated by direct and indirect human activities. When these gases are released into the atmosphere, it contributes to air pollution and climate change.
Climate change then can lead to extreme rainfall, increased wildfires, increased heat, drought, reduced agricultural yields, and natural disasters such as flooding and landslides. It also directly harms wildlife.
The process of manufacturing commercial makeup tools creates a carbon footprint. Switching to zero-waste makeup tools can help reduce this. Furthermore, a lot of zero-waste products are designed to be compostable. Composting helps reverse carbon emission problems.
It is cruelty-free.
While makeup utensils are not usually tested on animals, your makeup bag and the majority of your synthetic brushes might be made from animal fur of squirrels, minks, boars, foxes, and ponies. Imagine hunting these animals just to slaughter them for their hair. Sadly, some animals are even reported to be skinned alive, drowned, or electrocuted.
When you switch to zero-waste makeup utensils, you take a stand against animal cruelty and say no to brands that catch and harm these creatures to turn them into profit.
Replace animal-based brushes with vegan makeup tools. You can choose from a wide variety of brushes such as liner, cheek, contour, brow, blending, and eye color to complete your arsenal.
It pushes businesses to lower their carbon impact.
With consumers and communities shifting to a zero-waste lifestyle, companies have taken initiative to lower their carbon footprint by creating products that are recyclable, reducing plastic packaging, and also using recycled items for packaging.
It makes you more intentional.
Makeup is something that we apply on a regular basis. When we use beauty tools that are zero-waste, we become more and more aware of what sustainable practices we do at home and even at work. This enables us to be more intentional in what we do, how we consume our resources, and what we purchase.
It creates connections.
Practicing zero-waste beauty can help you connect with like-minded people and build communities. It also enables you to become part of zero waste initiatives that aim to drive positive change on the planet.
It supports communities behind the brand.
Buying from zero-waste brands supports members of the community who were behind the making of the product. Instead of spending on imported brands, you can support zero-waste brands that help locals and provide employment.
It helps you save money.
Zero-waste makeup utensils are made of high-quality materials unlike their single-use and synthetic counterparts. These are designed to be sturdy that can last you for years which makes them a great investment, saving you money from disposable items in the long run.
It conserves natural resources.
Zero-waste makeup tools brands conserve resources by using sustainable and recycled materials in their products, like this set of makeup brushes made from bamboo and recycled aluminum. Other brands use recycled paper or fiber for their packaging, recycled glass pots for containers, and other materials like seed paper.
Additionally, single-use items such as cotton pads require 20,000 liters of water to make 1 kilogram of cotton. Switching to zero-waste makeup pads can reduce the need for thousands of liters of water to create disposable pads.
It reduces plastic pollution in the oceans.
The commercial beauty industry generates so much plastic waste that ends up polluting our oceans and harming aquatic life. Switching to zero-waste makeup tools helps you reduce or eliminate plastic waste that can end up in our oceans.
Zero-waste makeup utensils brands skip the plastic packaging by using alternatives like paper, recycled waste, and glass. One brand has created a mascara container from medical-grade stainless steel instead of plastic. It can be cleaned and reused, and you won’t ever have to throw it away.
It reduces land pollution.
Single-use makeup products and packaging end up as waste that fills up our landfills. One of these is makeup wipes, the third most wasteful product in the world. Every day, 1.3 billion wipes end up in our landfills, and it can take them 100 years to degrade.
Switching to zero-waste makeup utensils such as sustainable makeup remover pads by brands like LastObject, TruEarth, and OKO Creations can eliminate 1750 single-use cotton rounds, pads, and wipes. These also come with a plant-based case that is compostable.
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