Ever think about what happens to that cute bottle of cleanser after the last little pump? Not to mention the plastic wrap, cardboard sleeves, boxes, foam, and inserts it came with?
Packaging is only one aspect of the social and environmental health concerns of the skincare industry. Today we need to think about skincare products holistically so we can look after our planet.
What is in your products? Where do the ingredients come from? How were they made? How are they packaged? Where do they end up?
So many angles to think about when all you want to do is wash your face. It’s crucial for future generations that we face the beauty industry’s uglier side now.
Deforestation is occurring because of the cosmetics industry’s obsession with palm oil. Fortunately, some companies are taking steps to source this popular ingredient sustainably, but much of the damage is already done.
Did you ever think about what happens to your beauty products after you rinse? It’s not only chemicals we need to worry about but things like microplastics. In 2015 legislation forced removal of all microbeads from beauty products, still, other microplastic particles like glitter is an ongoing issue for our waterways.
Most people don’t have a recycle bin in their bathrooms, so even if the packaging is recyclable, only about 50% of people recycle beauty products. And with mixed recycling, most of it ends up in a landfill anyway.
There are many more issues but for now, let’s focus on what you can do to make a positive impact with your individual beauty routine.
So, What Can YOU Do to Help?
1. Preserve Natural Resources
Make sure to use sustainable, natural and local products where possible. Cherish products are handmade in small batches to ensure the longest shelf-life possible from our hands to yours. Many of the products we use grow in natural habitats and are harvested without the use of chemicals and pesticides.
2. Prevent Pollution
Stay away from products produced by the petrochemical industry; it’s better for your skin and your Earth. Cherish ingredients are naturally derived, which means the products have undergone a process, i.e., fermentation or emulsification, but the functional ingredients come from natural material without adding chemicals. And when the byproducts wash down our drains, it won’t harm our waterways or wildlife.
3. Positively Impact the Environment
Use products with recyclable packaging whenever possible and avoid single-use products if you can. At Cherish, we use sustainable packaging for all our products. We are 100% cruelty-free and vegan. No animal products and no animal testing, not ever.
4. Purchase from sustainable, responsible companies.
Vote with your money. Purchase from companies with a strong ethos who are ensuring they use sustainable, natural ingredients, packaging and source materials appropriately. At Cherish, we put people before profit. When you shop small-batch beauty, like us, you know that someone behind the scenes put a lot of love and thought into the handcrafted products and hopefully that can bring a bit more joy to your skincare routine.
Fresh Face Forward
Want to audit your personal beauty routine and see how the products you’re using are affecting the environment? The Nature Conservatory’s carbon calculator is here. It can help you determine your carbon footprint and give you tips on how to reduce it.
It’s encouraging to know that the beauty industry seems to be trending toward a green mentality, and that’s what consumers want. Both suppliers and consumers need to keep making responsible choices, and that starts with education.
Educate yourself about your products and the companies you buy from; it will give you the power to protect your planet while protecting your skin.
What’s one small step you can take today to save your surface and your planet?