I've had a few requests lately for plastic-free & minimal-waste options, so I thought I'd put everything in one post for you.

Plastic takes an estimated couple of hundred years to break down, which means every piece of plastic you've ever used is still on the planet, somewhere. You might have "thrown it out" or put it in the recycling, but it's still in existence. Greenpeace estimates that 79% of the 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic produced since the 1950's has gone to landfill, or ended up polluting the environment.

Now more than ever we are looking for ways to reduce our plastic use and waste, and your beauty routine is one area that may often be overlooked. Just as you don't have to sacrifice luxury when choosing organic or natural cosmetics, the same goes for looking for products with eco-friendly packaging.

In this guide, I'm going to cover mostly make-up, along with a few other personal care items. The reason I've not included skincare is the majority of what I recommend on this blog comes in glass and/or recyclable packaging.


Shampoo & Conditioner


This is probably one of the products that we replace most often, and due to the slippery, wet situation in which it's used, the majority of shampoo & conditioner come in non-recyclable plastic.

Did you know you can get entirely plastic-free solid shampoo & conditioner bars? They work just as effectively to cleanse and nourish the hair. The trick is to lather the bar in your hands then wash through the hair. These are some great options, that work beautifully.

Nail File/Emery Board


Never buy another nail file or emery board in your life once you get a glass nail file. They work brilliantly and will last years!

Razors


Ditch the disposables and the plastic in one, by switching to a Safety Razor (or for something ultra-luxe checkout Oui Shave).

If you prefer the style of disposables, you can opt for an eco-friendly alternative such as Preserve Shave, made from recycled plastic. The blades are replaceable, plus, you can send your razors & toothbrushes back to retailer Flora & Fauna for recycling!




Make-Up

There are quite a few make-up brands on the market with either refillable or recyclable packaging, many of which are personal favourites and I feature regularly on Liberty Green.

I've included details on a few specifics below, but some great brands that offer refillable packaging across the range include:

  • Kjaer Weis — The entire range is refillable, even their lip pencils (which are entirely plastic free!) Housed in heavy metal compacts, the refill pan is completely recyclable, which also comes packaged in recyclable cardboard. Their foundation is also one of the best out there.

Eco-Friendly Glass, Bamboo, Metal, other recyclable packaging and/or refills:

  • Elate Cosmetics — the majority of their packaging is bamboo, and many products are in a pan, for refilling a compact or use in their bamboo palettes.
  • RMS Beauty is another favourite brand of mine – the Un Coverup is a must-have. Use it as a concealer or foundation with a beautiful dewy finish. When layered, you can achieve full coverage. All of the RMS Beauty pots are plastic-free in recyclable glass pots with a recyclable metal lid. 
  • Alima Pure – All of their pressed products (and some creams) are available in a refillable compact. The compact is very high quality, and although plastic once you've bought it once, it will last you for life. The other option you have is to put the refills into your own customised, magnetic palette. 
  • Sappho Cosmetics – this brand aims for eco-friendly, recyclable and minimal packaging where possible. Even their palettes are made of eco-friendly pressed paper. 
  • Ere Perez — Their packaging has had a major overhaul in the past year, with many products shifting to glass packaging (although not all). Their eyeshadow palettes are now refillable, plus the pigments are beautiful and smooth!
  • Antonym Cosmetics — the entire range is packaged in eco-friendly (and gorgeous) bamboo compacts. Even their brushes feature bamboo handles. As for the products themselves, they deliver intense pigment, with a smooth, buttery finish. Personally, I love their Highlighting Blush & Eyeshadow Palettes. The Skin Esteem Foundation is also beautiful!
  • Studio 78 Paris — All of the products are in eco-friendly or bio-degradable packaging, including their mascara. 



Feminine Hygiene



I've written several posts on this topic before, and whilst your period isn't something you might typically think of as an area to reduce plastic use and/or waste, the average woman uses up to 16,000 tampons (or equivalent pads/liners) in her lifetime — all of which end up in landfill and are non-bio-degradable.

For eco-friendly options ranging from Organic Cotton tampons, pads & liners to reusable options like a Menstrual Cup or washable period undies or cloth pads, click here. I also strongly recommend every woman read my post on what is really in tampons and pads, and what is actually going into your body (and that of your daughter's) every month.

I hope you find these tips useful, and I love for you to share yours with me in the comments. And if you have any questions or there's something I've missed, please ask away!



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