You don’t need to have watched Blue Planet to know we have a serious plastic problem, and unfortunately, the beauty industry is playing a big part. While we may have made leaps forward when it comes to microbeads and face wipes, beauty products as a whole tend to be packaged in planet-damaging plastic. Zero Waste reports that more than 120 billion units of packaging are produced every year by the global cosmetics industry.
As I discovered while trialling a plastic-free beauty routine, zero-waste options are few and far between when it comes to makeup, skincare and hair products. Choosing products in recycled, recyclable and refillable packaging is a good first step, but upcycling your finished beauty containers goes further to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in the bin.