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    8 Steps To Make Your Beauty Routine 100% Sustainable

    Without changing your customs or transforming your daily ritual: these measures are easy to apply and very effective to achieve your goal and take care of the planet a little more.

    Beauty Routine - Image Credits: Flickr Under Creative Common Licence

    This summer started differently. There was no good-natured story with music, summer loves and beer on our televisions. The emblematic announcement of Estrella Damm that we look forward to each year had become a desperate (and precious) call for public awareness of the environmental situation and health of our Mediterranean Sea.

    Between 70,000 and 130,000 tons of land is poured in Europe plastic every year, a pest that accounts for 95% of the waste from this ecosystem, according to the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) 'Releasing Plastic in the Mediterranean Sea' report.

    Sustainability is today one of those priority issues to which we are not giving the necessary importance - causes and voices such as that of Greta Thunberg are the reliable proof - and from which we must become aware and aware immediately.

    And one of the areas in which its urgency has resonated most and its effect has been that of cosmetics: turning our beauty routine into a 100% sustainable process is a priority. Take advantage of the push and the desire for change that brings back to school and assume the first challenge with these 8 simple but maximally effective steps that we tell you below.

    If this summer started differently, it is fair and necessary that it also ends differently. At least, when it comes to the simple but big gestures that are in our hands. At least, and as an essential purpose: in our necessities.

    1. Reduce containers

    Fleeing the negative data on the amount of plastics in the oceans, we look at the positives for a plus of motivation: according to the leading brand in eco cosmetics and without Lush packaging , “a solid shampoo pill equals 3 bottles of 250ml and in the last 14 years we have sold 41.3 million solid shampoos that have meant that 124 million plastic bottles are discontinued.”

    And this is not only the equivalent of 3,100 tons of plastic that will not end up at sea, but its manufacturing process and expense has also been avoided. As they say, "they are tons of plastic that we have saved the planet": perhaps it was what the visionary co-founder of the Mo Constantine brand was already thinking back in 1987 when he invented the first solid shampoo.

    This is their flagship product, but in 2019 they have also launched their facial line without packaging and have opened three stores - in Berlin, Milan and Manchester - #ZeroWaste, in which there is absolutely no plastic or unnecessary packaging.

    Bet on this type of products or, if you can't always do it, try to make your glass containers (for reuse) or eco-friendly and biodegradable. If they are, it will be indicated on the label with the “eco-friendly PE”, “Green PE” or “HDPE PCR” seals.

    Which means that they are manufactured with sugarcane based bioplastic from natural sources or with polyethylene resin High density recycled and decontaminated, suitable for reuse.

    2. And, when you can't, reuse them

    And what to do with all those you already have? Turn them into pencil pots, DIY artworks that inspire you on Pinterest boards or ... The goal is to throw them as little as possible and, whenever you do, into the yellow container.

    3. Say goodbye to the cotton discs

    Eterna is the image of the seahorse hooked to the stick that has traveled the world. It is not for less: a stick can take up to 300 years to degrade. So it's time to try the washable and reusable wipes, muslin and discs.

    4. Put order in your beauty cabinets

    Become Marie Kondo every time you enter your bathroom or sit on your dressing table and order your cosmetics to the maximum so that none is forgotten at the bottom of the shelf.

    Remember that everyone has an expiration date - indicated in the drawing of the open jar that they normally have on the bottom: these are the months that that product will last once opened - and finish them before buying another.

    5. Move to wood brushes

    We bet you have seen them a lot lately: eco-friendly dental hygiene kits have become fashionable and cover the most committed Instagram profiles. Say goodbye to plastic ones and go over to bamboo ones, which are biodegradable. Do the same with the hair and keep them careful so they last as long as possible.

    6. And to the menstrual cup and non-disposable blades

    There is not much to explain as to the advantages of the menstrual cup compared to pads and tampons: knowing that, well used and maintained, lasts more than 10 years, everything is clear.

    Something similar happens with the blades. Move to the long-lasting ones made of steel and stop throwing a lot of plastic every time you shave.

    7. If something is not going well, give it away

    And another trick: if you are faithful to a shampoo, a moisturizer or a cleanser, buy it in the largest possible size. You'll end up spending it and create less waste.

    And another: if you see that a cosmetic does not go well to your skin or you are going to stop using it, give it away to your mother or your friend, to take advantage of it and not turn it into garbage.

    8. Recycle what you use: neither toilet nor toilet bin

    What you should not throw cotton or feminine hygiene products into the toilet bowl you already know: still do not. And, as for that bin so comfortable that you have in the bathroom, try to fill it only with the things that can go together to the gray container: pads and tampons, wipes, cottons, used paper, dental floss or strips.

    Others like hairs , product remains or containers that are biodegradable, brown. Blades, toothbrushes, sprays or small electronic gadgets, to the clean point. The rest, to their respective containers depending on whether they are plastic or cardboard packaging.

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