This is probably (definitely?!) the least glam post I've ever written but when you live on the second floor without a lift, you really start to notice how much rubbish you generate during the week when the time comes to lug it all down the stairs to the bin cupboard. One fairly large culprit for waste, particularly in the home of a beauty fan, is cotton. At one point I was getting through four or five packs of the cotton pads in a month for makeup and nail polish removal alone. Economically, it's a less than ideal situation and it also produces a lot of waste - not just in your bathroom but cotton manufacture uses 10% of all worldwide agricultural chemicals which is, frankly, a bit mad.
There are a few products that I love which, whilst I didn't choose for their eco-credentials (I promise I'm not going all hemp milk on you), have had a huge impact on the amount of stuff I'm throwing away and are worth looking into if you fancy streamlining your bathroom and shrinking your eco footprint just a teeney bit:
- Spray Toners My most used toners come in spray bottles; Boots Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz and Caudalie Beauty Elixir. Not only do I use less product through it not being absorbed by a cotton pad, it feels a lot more refreshing. I spray it on and wipe of any excess with a clean towel or face cloth.
- Mooncup Strangely this is probably my most read post but I won't go into detail - click here for the whats, hows and whys.
- Tub Nail Polish Removers These have been around for ages, but the most talked about version is Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover. It's no good for pedicures but this has lasted me a good two or three months and still going strong for express manicures. I'm not sure that anyone has tried this yet, but I have a feeling the tub and sponge could be rinsed out and topped up with fresh nail polish remover.
Do you try to reduce your beauty-related waste at all?