By: Sarah Rance
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. – If you like makeup as much as I do, you probably use a lot of products that end up in landfills. Think about all of the mascara, eyeliner and lipstick tubes that you use in a year, and then multiply that by thousands of people who also use these products. The idea of being environmentally friendly is becoming much more popular among teens and young adults. Believe it or not, there are plenty of ways you can become environmentally savvy when it comes to your makeup products.
- Make your own
There are plenty of articles and videos online that can teach you how to make facemasks, skin exfoliants and creams, and other commonly used beauty products right at home. This will allow you to get the products you love without all of the packaging waste that comes with it. Visit www.aromantic.co.uk for recipes and instructions on how to make your own cosmetics.
You can easily turn an old container into something useful. Use smaller containers as travel products, use old blush pots to store earrings, take an old tube of lipstick and use it as an on-the-go bobby pin holder. There are so many creative ways to reuse old beauty product containers so that they don’t end up in landfills.
- Return empty containers
Did you know that there are some cosmetic companies that have programs that encourage you to return your empty containers? LUSH offers a free facemask in exchange of five empty LUSH pots. M·A·C offers a free lipstick for every six M·A·C containers returned through their Back-to-M·A·C Program.
- Donate your mascara wands
You could also send your used mascara wands to Wands for Wildlife, which uses the clean wands to aid them in different treatments for the wildlife. To donate your mascara wands, wash them with Dawn dish soap and mail them to:
Appalachian Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 1211
Skyland, N.C. 28776
You can also visit their website at appalachianwild.org for more information.
- Do your research
Many makeup companies are making strides to be cruelty-free. To do your part, try to research different cosmetic companies and see if they are vegan or cruelty-free. For example, Milani, Kat Von D Beauty and Too Faced are all cruelty-free and vegan. Other companies, like Axiology, Besame and Tata Harper are completely zero waste or they have sustainable packaging. By spending your money on places like these, you will help the environment that much more.
- Buy a Makeup Eraser
The Makeup Eraser company sells cloths that will remove your makeup with just water. Not only does this product actually work (I’ve tested it!), it also helps remove makeup wipes from landfills. One makeup eraser lasts 3-5 years, is machine washable, and it is shipped in 100% recycled materials. The company claims that it takes 100 years for a makeup wipe to breakdown in landfills and over 1.3 billion wipes are thrown away daily. Go to their website at makeuperaser.com to get a completely free sample and help reduce the number of wipes that fill up landfills.
While makeup and other beauty products can have negative effects on the environment, there are different ways in which consumers can help reduce the waste and be more environmentally savvy. Do your research and learn how to help the environment while still enjoying the makeup you love.