What is plastic free July?
We have all seen the viral video of the turtle bleeding because a plastic straw got stuck inside of it’s nose. The beaches whale with a stomach full of plastics. The countless videos of plastic waste floating in the ocean or, Scattered by the side of roads.
Plastic Free July is a global movement that aims to solve plastic pollution. By refusing to use single-use plastics, you can find alternatives. Once you learn about the alternatives that available, you can then begin to permanently reduce your own contribution to pollution.
Single-Use Plastics in The Cosmetics Industry
The term ‘single-use’ refers to a product that is used once and then thrown away. Single use items are normally things that cannot be reused or repurposed. Single use plastics in the beauty industry are a huge contributing factor to plastic pollution. Beauty products and tools such as under eye patches, wax strips and foot peeling socks all contain plastics. Now that we all understand the damaged caused by single use plastics, we can begin to make better decisions when buying our beauty products.
5 Plastic Free Beauty Alternatives:
Swap your usual beauty tools for more environmentally friendly ones. We’ve made a small list of four zero-waste beauty tools you can opt for when shopping.
1. Organic Cotton Cloths
Made from 100% organic cotton, these can be used as face wipes, baby wipes, with makeup remover or, whatever your imagination allows. Many people have made the switch to biodegradable wipes. Biodegradable wipes sometimes take a long time to break down. These organic cotton muslin cloths can be used over and over again until they are ready to be recycled or, upcycled.
3-Pack of Organic Cotton Muslin Cloths £6 (Shop Now)
2. Cotton Pads
Also known as reusable facial rounds, reusable cotton pads are a more eco-friendly alternative to disposable cotton pads. Did you know? Women use around 730 disposable cotton pads a year*. That’s 730 cotton pads that end up in landfill each year. When you switch to reusable pads you can use them, throw them in the washing machine and use them over again. With proper care, cotton facial pads can be reused hundreds of times, helping you to save your coins.
Reusable Cotton Pads 7-Pack £7.50 (Shop Now)
3. Konjac Sponge
Konjac sponges are made from the Armorphophalllus Konjac vegetable. Also known as: Konjaku, Konnyaku potato, devil’s tongue, elephant yam, voodoo lily and snake palm.
Konjac Sponges are biodegradable and compostable, making them a great zero-waste alternative for sponges.
The sponges are freakishly soft and almost slimy when when wet. Kind of like what you imagine a cloud would feel like. They are great for gentle exfoliation. People love them because they much softer than sponges. You can use them with just water or, add a cleanser.
Konjac Sponges £4 (Shop Now)
4. Loofah Pads
Loofah pads can be used for the manual exfoliation of your skin. Use them with a cleanser for your face or soap for your knees. For best results, rub gently in circular motions.
Loofah pads and sponges are made from the Luffa vegetable (also called Loofa or Luffah) which is closely related to cucumbers. And, yes you can eat them! Like Konjac Sponges, Loofah pads are fully biodegradable. When you are done with them you can throw them away or, clean them and throw them in the compost bin.
Loofah Facial Exfoliation Pads 3-Pack £2 (Shop Now)
5. Cotton Buds
Bamboo and other wooden cotton bud sticks are a more eco friendly alternative to the traditional plastic cotton buds. Unlike most plastics, bamboo is a sustainable and renewable resource, making it a much better choice. You can even compost them when you’re finished with them, which is a bonus!
Bamboo Cotton Buds £2.50 (Shop Now)
In 2018, VON Botanicals made a commitment to do our bit for the environment by reducing our use of plastic packaging. We are currently working on more products for our plastic free vegan skincare range.
Check out our Plastic Free Collection.