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13 easy ways to use less plastic in your beauty routine

Good for you AND the planet

By MADISON FELLER  April 27th, 2018

When you take a look at the products that make up your beauty routine, you probably see a lot of one thing: plastic. I wanted to do my part to make my day-to-day life a little more environmentally friendly. I started looking at blogs and YouTube videos, trying to figure out how to ditch every day plastic items like shampoo bottles and deodorant. Since most plastics don’t biodegrade and manufacturing it can cause pollution, I was curious if there were other products I could use that would be good for me and the environment. Luckily, I found a whole world of beauty products that are not only adorable and useful, but also eco-friendly. So,

here are 13 easy things you can do right now to create a beauty routine that’s good for you and the planet.

13 ways to use less plastic in your beauty routine:

1. Shampoo Bar

Swap out those plastic shampoo bottles, and use bar shampoo instead. The Montalbano shampoo from LUSH (Rs 735) smells fresh and lathers easily in your hair, so it feels just like using the liquid kind. Buy here.

2. Round Bar Tin

But don't forget to grab a reusable tin (Rs 267) so you can bring it into the store every time you need a new bar. Buy here.

3. Conditioner Bar

Luckily, conditioner also comes as a bar like LUSH Jungle (Rs 800) so you can turn your entire hair routine eco-friendly. Shop here.

4. Safety Razor

Instead of using disposable razors, switch to a safety razor like this one from Package Free (Rs 1,668). You have to be careful with these, as they are sharper, but as long as you do your research beforehand, you should be fine. Plus, you'll be ditching plastic completely if you use one of these stainless steel babies. Shop here.

5. Vegan Lipstick

Not only are Axiology lipsticks (Rs 2,002) vegan, but they also come in boxes created from recycled paper. The boxes are sourced from Bali and made in a woman-owned boutique. Bonus: The lipsticks come in basically every colour under the sun. Shop here.

6. Deodorant

Deodorant is one of those other sneaky day-to-day items that seems to only come in a plastic container. But this natural option from Meow Meow Tweet (Rs 934) is packaged in a glass jar. When you're done with the deodorant, simply clean out the jar and reuse it. Shop here.

7. Stick Deodorant

The company also makes paper containers (Rs 1,335), in case you’re more into stick deodorant. Shop here.

8. Soap

Using bar soap instead of liquid body wash might be the simplest way to decrease your plastic use. Just buy it without packing or purchase the kind that come in a paper box — and then recycle the paper. This one is Lush's Sultana of Soap (Rs 467). Shop here.

9. Reusable Cloths

Chances are you use cotton pads at some point in your beauty routine, but often those cotton pads (or cotton balls) come in a pesky plastic bag. Instead, get a pack of reusable cloths like these from Package Free (Rs 1,602) and toss them in the wash whenever you need. Shop here.

10. Face Exfoliant

Meow Meow Tweet also has a line of skincare, including this exfoliant (Rs 1,335) which comes in a paper container. The site says it only has five ingredients, so you know it'll be gentle on the skin. Buy here.

11. Bamboo Brushes

EcoTools is a great place to go if you're looking for makeup brushes (Rs 1,000 for a set) — the company uses renewable bamboo to creates the brush handles and their packaging is made from 100 percent tree-free paper. Shop here.

12. Pressed Eye Shadow

Elate Clean Cosmetics has minimal packaging and this particular eyeshadow comes in an envelope made of seed paper, meaning you can plant the paper in your garden to grow herbs and wildflowers. The eyeshadow itself comes as a single (Rs 1,068), but you can buy the company's bamboo palettes and snap in the eyeshadows magnetically. Buy here

13. Cream Blush

The company also makes paper containers (Rs 1,335), in case you’re more into stick deodorant. Shop here.