When people shop for cosmetics and toiletries, they mainly look for quality and effectiveness. People rarely think about what happens to the product or packaging once it is washed down the drain or thrown in the trash. By now, many of us are aware of the great environmental threat of microbeads in body scrubs and exfoliants. But, besides switching our scrubs, what are some other ways to decrease the waste associated with our personal care routines? Here are a few easy tips.
1. Avoid excess packaging and always bring your own shopping bag to the store.
2. Skip the razors, and try permanent hair removal solutions like Tria (I've been testing out this method and am loving the results. Not only am I saving money on razors, I'm also able to take quicker showers). Alternatively, embrace your hair!
3. Look for products packaged in recycled or easily reusable materials. Boston-based Organic Bath Co. just launched their new packaging design which features 100% recycled containers!
4. Don't forget about recycled TP! And use these awesome reusable cotton pads instead of cotton balls or wasteful disposable face pads.
5. Lastly, remember that there is no "away." Everything you get rid of ends up somewhere.