5 Easy Plastic-Free Beauty Swaps You Can Make Today!
As told by Zade Grilloni.
So one thing about us two… we are both addicted to expanding our minds. We LOVE to educate ourselves on things we didn’t get the opportunity to learn in a traditional classroom setting. Especially when it comes to spirituality, self love/development and doing our part in taking care of the planet that we are so very blessed to live on! Over time, we traded nights out; for nights in watching knowledge-filled documentaries on global issues, which then inspired us to share these teachings and ideas with you.
So a while ago we decided to seriously reduce anything in our lives that is single use. Starting with plastics, we decided to look at what areas needed most attention first to start trading them for long term, eco friendly items. Buying reusable coffee cups, water bottles and of course shopping bags initially seemed like some the biggest aspects.. But now we’re looking into our day to day habits at home, starting with beauty items in our bathroom.
Without any further adieu… Here are 5 plastic free, eco friendly swaps we’ve made – most of which can very easily be picked up at your local supermarket or independent health store!
1. We swapped plastic contained liquid soap for a bar of soap
Bring back the bars! There are now sooooooo many bars made from completely natural ingredients. 100% naturally fragranced soap bars from wild flowers and fruits with some that contain nuts and grains to create a natural scrub. These square blocks of goodness minimize harm to the ecosystem as there are loads more options for environmentally friendly bar soap than liquid soap. If purchased will decrease your carbon footprint 25% every time you choose the bar over liquid!
Pictured: Natural Australian Soap from $4.00 at Woolworths.
2. We swapped plastic cotton buds for paper stem buds
Did you know… I read on the Cotton Bud Project that according to the Marine Conservation Society, which conducts annual beach clean-ups in the UK, plastic cotton buds were the sixth most common plastic waste item found on British beaches in 2016. By switching to biodegradable paper stems means that, if flushed, would settle out of sewage before reaching the sea.
Pictured: Swisspers Cotton Tips from $3.00 at Woolworths.
3. We swapped plastic for bamboo toothbrushes
Did you know… I read on National Geographic, If you laid out the toothbrushes thrown away in the U.S. in a year, they would wrap around the Earth four times! That’s more than BILLIONS. On 1 Million Women i read that in Australia, over 30 million toothbrushes are used and disposed. That amounts to approximately 1000 tons of landfill each year! By switching to bamboo it only takes around six months to compost your brush after years of long term use; while a plastic one takes hundreds of years to break down.
Pictured: Kappi Bamboo Toothbrushes from $19.95 for a 4 pack
4. We swapped plastic infused facial scrubs for natural alternatives
Did you know… Majority of big branded facial scrubs are infused with plastic! They call them “microbeads.” I read on Global Citizen that US households wash 808 trillion microbeads down the drain each day! That sh*t goes straight into our water ways into our precious sea… which ends up inside our fish, which later ends up in our fish market, and ends up in our stomachs… Hows that for the circle of life! By switching to a natural facial scrub, you’ll not only do the earth a big favor but also your gut! To watch an interesting video about microbeads and the effects they have click here!
Pictured: Sukin Facial Scrubs from $5.47 at Chemist Warehouse.
5. We swapped disposable plastic razors for a high quality steel safety razor with recyclable blades
Did you know… I read on Grounds Well, that the EPA have estimated that two billion razors are thrown away in the U.S every year!! I mean, the numbers are less in Australia due to our smaller population, BUT they are definitely no less concerning for our planet!! if looked after, Safety Razors can last decades. Thanks to Kappi, we now have this beautiful addition to our bathroom. Kappi is an all Aussie brand that provide sustainable alternatives to a bunch of single-use plastics. Stylish and eco friendly… WE LOVE THAT.
Pictured: Kappi Matte Rose Gold Reusable Safety Razor from $59.95
These are 5 easy swaps that we’ve made together and we couldn’t be happier. Our skin loves us for it and so will the planet! We’re not done though. These are a few extra swaps we’ll be making…
1. We’re going to swap tampons for a menstrual cup
Did you know… I read on OrganiCup that an individual goes through approximately 11,000 disposable pads/tampons in a lifetime. Multiply that number by the amount of people that use these products and you’ll end up with an enormous amount of waste. Luckily back in 1937, an actress by the name of Leona Chalmers invented The Menstrual Cup! Even though women had progressed since the 30’s, women still weren’t open to idea of using a menstrual cup back then. The idea of reusable internal protection was scandalous. Originally made from latex rubber, now their are many new and improved, safer versions. OrganiCup offers a zero hazardous chemical,
100% medical grade silicone. No BPA, latex or dyes. These bad boys can last up to 10 years if looked after correctly. Think of how much cashola we’d save ladies!
Pictured: OrganiCup Menstrual Cup from $38.50
2. We’re going to swap plastic contained liquid shampoo and conditioner for the bar alternatives
Did you know… I read on Unwrapped Life that more than 552 million shampoo bottles could be ending up in landfills every year. The number of shampoo bottles thrown out in the United States every year could fill 1,164 football fields. All 923 Lush Stores in Australia stock these awesome shampoo and conditioner bars. Packed with essential oils and goodness, these solid self-preserving bars will last up to 80 washes (that’s the work of three bottles of liquid shampoo!) and requires no packaging.
Pictured: Variety of Lush Shampoo and Conditioner Bars from $10.95
Believe it or not one person really CAN make a difference. Its such a gift in itself to be living and breathing on this wild earth.. i believe we owe it a favor. Don’t you think? Next plastic free area were going to focus on is the kitchen… Challenge accepted!