Did you know that there are approximately 300 million tons of plastic produced each year? While half of these items are reusable, 8 million tons end up in the ocean. As you might imagine, all this waste is bad for sea life and the environment. Fortunately, more people are becoming conscious of this and have decided to make changes to save the planet. 


Perhaps you’re interested in doing your part. Though recycling can be a great place to start, there are other things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. For example, you could switch to a more sustainable beauty routine. Continue reading to learn more. 


Reduce Plastic


Eliminating all plastic from your bathroom may be challenging, but there are ways you can cut back. For example, you could purchase a rechargeable toothbrush, a metal razor, and shampoo and conditioners in glass containers. If you use makeup brushes, applicators, cotton swabs, and wipes for your beauty routine, there are products on the market made from more sustainable materials. You get more use out of these products while also conserving plastic usage. 


Eco-Friendly Personal Care Products


As more consumers become environmentally-conscious, more brands have invested in developing more eco-friendly products. These are items made from all-natural ingredients and sustainable packaging. Opting for these products when replacing personal care items in your bathroom is ideal. From organic tampons made with a plant-based plastic applicator and 100% organic cotton to cruelty-free makeup brushes with bamboo handles and synthetic bristles, you can find everything you need for an eco-friendly beauty routine. 


Multi-Purpose Beauty Products


Another way to reduce the amount of plastic used during your beauty routine would be to invest in multi-purpose merchandise. These are items that can be used for more than one beauty task. You could find a shampoo and conditioner combo, opt for a lip and cheek stain, or an all-in-one cleanser and exfoliant for your skincare routine. As a bonus, purchasing multi-purpose products can save you time and mone. 


Homemade Beauty Products


Sometimes, the best way to reduce waste and save the environment is to make them yourself. By creating homemade beauty products, you can select natural ingredients and sustainable materials. Producing items at home is also wastes a lot less energy and resources than the manufacturing processes used by most beauty brands. 


While you may think that making your beauty products is tedious, it’s pretty easy. Whether you want to make your soaps and lotions or face scrubs and nail polish, there’s an easy-to-follow recipe you can try online. The best part is that most of the ingredients are items you likely have lying around, so it doesn’t cost a ton of money. Who knows? If you get really good at it, you can sell products to your friends and family. 


Conserve Water and Energy


The final step to a more eco-friendly beauty routine is conserving water and energy. There are several ways you can accomplish this. One example would be to turn the water off when brushing your teeth or washing your face instead of allowing it to run the entire time. If you can afford to, installing water conserving faucets with motion sensors in the bathroom can make this task easy to manage. 


Another example would be to purchase energy-efficient beauty appliances or use them less often. Instead of flat ironing or curling your hair every day, you could wrap your hair or use rollers to cut down on energy use. Allowing your hair to air dry after washing eliminates the need to use a high-powered dryer. 


Whether you’re passionate about sea life, want to reduce your carbon footprint, or are looking to adopt a healthier lifestyle, creating an eco-friendly beauty routine is an effective strategy. By reducing plastic, conserving water and energy, and opting for products made from all-natural ingredients, you can look your best while doing your part to save the planet.