Sustainable swaps for skincare

Welcome to the next instalment in our greener living series. Every month, hush’s Ethical and Sustainability Coordinator (AKA Sustainable Steph) will be suggesting some simple, everyday swaps we can all do to be kinder to the planet. 

We’re all trying to be more sustainable in our daily lives, but one of the hardest places to make a change is our skincare routines. While we love snapping up a snazzy new moisturiser or the latest cult serum, we often don’t consider the environmental impact of our beauty habits as much as we should.

More often than not, the items we use every day aren’t recyclable – have you ever considered what happens to that used makeup wipe once you chuck it in the bin? (hint: it starts with land and ends in fill). Plus, an increase in air pollutants not only damages the environment, but is also harmful to your skin – meaning that making more sustainable choices keeps your skin and the planet happier at the same time.

With that in mind, our very own Sustainable Steph has suggested some swaps that can easily be incorporated into your daily routine. From reusable face wipes to how to recycle old packaging, read on and get ready for a greener bathroom cabinet.

Peace & Wild’s reusable organic cotton face rounds
“I became very aware of how many cotton pads I threw away when I was doing my skincare routine or taking makeup off. So, I decided to switch to organic cotton reusable rounds. I absolutely love them because they’re so soft – and I’ve noticed that my bathroom bin is significantly emptier now!”

DIY sheet masks
“Sheet masks are, of course, amazing and great for our skin, but the disposable single-use nature of them doesn’t sit right with me. So, I started looking into DIY reusable sheet masks and found this method from Byrdie for how to make them yourself at home. All you need is your favourite serum and some muslin cloths!”

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Beauty Kitchen
Beauty Kitchen’s concept is great. They’re a Glasgow-based skincare brand and all their products are 100% natural and cruelty free – plus they encourage people to make their own beauty products in store, how’s that for product transparency? Their packaging is also designed to be sent back to them before being cleaned and refilled. It’s a great step towards tackling the problem of unrecyclable packaging and reducing landfill.”

Ethique’s bar cleansers and creams
“I love Ethique because they have a range of packaging free cleansers and creams. They come in bar form and are just as effective as (if not better than) your regular products that come wrapped in plastic. Their Heali Kiwi shampoo bar is one of my absolute favourites – and it smells so good, too.”

Lush’s recycling programme 
Lush do a range of products in naked packaging, but they also offer a recycling programme for their black pot products (things like their face masks, shampoos, conditioners etc.). If you take back five pots you get a free fresh face mask. Lush then breaks these pots down, washes and dries them and then turn them back into the pots ready to be refilled and sent to stores. It’s a great circular system that saves resources and energy.”