How to create a plastic free beauty routine

All of the essential beauty products come wrapped in an enormous amount of plastic, from Shampoo to soap. However, plastic pollution is an ever-growing problem that we all need to be aware of. So how exactly can we reduce our plastic use whilst still smelling our best?

Most of us now recognise our social responsibility to make small changes in our lives to reduce the amount of plastic we use. Understandably, these changes can be quite hard to make but, if all of us make small changes, we will see a difference.

For beauty lovers who are interested in going plastic-free, here are some tips to get you started on your journey.

Switch to refillable

Sometimes, products will have refillable options. Usually, refill products will be sold in recyclable packaging and will slot or pour into the original packaging.

Refilling cosmetic bottles or make-up containers is better for the environment as you are not disposing of as much plastic.

Stop using face wipes

One of the biggest culprits for plastic waste pollution are our trusted face wipes.

Unfortunately these products are not biodegradable. When face wipes get caught in sewage, on land, or in the sea, they exist there for over one-hundred years.

Many people tackle this problem by using biodegradable wipes or a reusable flannel with water instead.

Make some make-up swaps

Make-up is synonymous with plastic packaging, so take a look in your make-up bag and give some thought to the changes you could make. Could you swap that plastic bottle foundation to a glass bottle alternative?


Mascara is a key item in every beauty kit; a touch of mascara can do amazing things! Environmentally-friendly beauty brand Zao has a refillable volumising mascara.

Not only is this mascara packaged in a varnished bamboo case, but it is also refillable!


Wearth London has created a zero-waste foundation that will still look amazing on your skin.

The ‘all earth mineral foundation’ is made with natural ingredients and can be mixed with cream or water to create a consistency that adapts to your skin type!

The foundation is packaged in a plastic-free pot made from durable cardboard and refills are available.


EcoRoots is an American zero-waste beauty brand that has produced an intriguing range of products.

The zero-waste lip balm is available in bare or a ‘rouge’ colour and is perfect to finish your beauty routine while adding moisture to your lips!

The packaging is made from a paper tube and is completely plastic-free.

Switch to a bamboo toothbrush

Plastic toothbrushes may help keep our smile gleaming and our breath fresh, however, the same can't be said for their affect on the planet.

Bamboo is a natural and fast-growing plant; it is also fully biodegradable. Buying a bamboo toothbrush is a great alternative to buying a plastic one; however, it must still be disposed of correctly! Anything but plastic have a very reasonable range.

Replace bottles with soap and shampoo bars

It’s effortless to have a shower without thinking about all the excess plastic you’re using. Your shower gel, shampoo and conditioner all come in plastic packaging.

Shower gel can easily be replaced by a bar of soap, which immediately cuts the use of one plastic bottle.

To get rid of another bottle, try using a shampoo bar. This might be a strange concept for many, but numerous people have been pleasantly surprised at how it reacts with their hair!

Reusable sanitary products

There is now an abundance of options for a plastic free period, from the moon cup to reusable pads, you can find what you need to make the switch. EcoLily have a great range of reusabale pads, which are better for the environment and your health that the usual pads that are brimming with chemicals and wrapped in plastic.

For those who people and occasions that a pad isn't suitable for, mooncups have grown in popularity in recent times. Mooncup have lots of choice and instructions!

Isn’t plastic recyclable?

You may be thinking, can plastic be recycled? The answer is yes, and no. There are seven types of plastic, and it is sometimes not economical for local councils to recycle all of them.

This is why it is crucial that everyone tries to reduce the amount of plastic they are using.

What should I do with my old beauty and toiletry packaging?

John Lewis has created a beauty recycling trial named BeautyCycle.

This programme aims to collect empty make-up and skincare product containers and recycle or compost them!

The scheme was created in partnership with TerraCycle, and there are numerous ‘drop-off’ locations around the UK. You can even earn some money off your next beauty purchase when recycling 5 items.

Don’t worry about big changes straight away

It can be challenging to make big changes, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself!

If you have a skin condition or are just familiar with using certain products, the zero-waste market is constantly expanding, and so a product will be out there for you — if not now, then soon.

Aim to make small and sustainable changes in your beauty routine over time and between us all we will tackle plastic pollution.

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