Plastic is forever. And not in a romantic way. The Zero Waste Alliance has reported that more than 120 billion units of plastic waste are produced every single year by the beauty industry. Most of the plastic packaging we dispose of will outlive us by thousands of years and is wreaking havoc on our oceans and ecosystems. A single shower can lead to over 100,000 microplastics entering the oceans from our beauty products and packaging. This inundation of plastic waste is harming our wildlife, especially marine life, and even humans (yes, we can ingest the micro-plastics we are creating too, through food and water).
How Can You Help Reduce Your Plastic Beauty Waste?
Instead of feeling guilty about the amount of plastic waste we are creating, start by making simple yet helpful changes to reduce your plastic waste. KOHA Beauty was born out of a desire to help consumers make sustainable choices when it comes to their home and beauty products.
Practice Minimalist Beauty
We all love skincare. Yes, it's a trend right now but it's also part of the larger self-care, me-time movement which we can totally get behind. Giving yourself a facial massage with a luxurious facial oil or doing a face mask on a Friday night after a long work week are some of life's little treasures and we would never want to take that away from you. However, I dare say nobody needs a 14-step skincare routine with all the bells and whistles. Cutting back the number of products in your routine by just a few items can massively reduce the amount of waste you produce, and your overstressed skin will probably thank you for it. The KOHA Beauty konjac sponge is the perfect tool to combine cleansing and exfoliating in one. If you want to take it further, why not add a KOHA Beauty soap bar such as our Stardust Soap is rich with Shea butter, meaning it can double as your wash, moisturiser, and even shaving "cream".
Look For Refillable and Reusable Options
This is a great initial step to reducing your plastic waste because so many brands are getting on board too, making it easy to find refillable options on every supermarket shelf. It even comes with the bonus of money saving when you begin to buy refills instead of entirely new containers. KOHA Beauty provides aluminium travel tins that can be continually refilled with Shampoo and Conditioner bars.
Go Container Free
Again, many brands are getting on board with this one - KOHA Beauty certainly is. Whether it’s hand soaps, shampoo and conditioner bars, or cream deodorants, many of our beauty items don't actually need to be housed in a million different types of plastic. Go container free where you can and massively minimise the packaging you are discarding.
Choose Brands Wisely
It can be hard to tell what brands to trust nowadays. There is so much greenwashing and massive multinational companies trying to hop on the eco-friendly ‘bandwagon’ while simultaneously being some of the biggest polluters in the world. Of course, try and avoid brands that use plastic altogether. However, we understand this isn’t always possible. When you must buy plastic containers, look for plastics made out of PET (a fancy name for #1 recyclable plastic), and clear or white containers with minimal colours so they can be properly recycled.
For some inspiration on how to start building your plastic free beauty routine head on over to our shop.