Climate change is a major concern around the world right now, and no aspects of our lives are immune. That includes our makeup.
Eco-friendly cosmetic packaging is important in our fight for the future of our planet.
Let’s go through how using eco-friendly cosmetic packaging can make a difference.
What is Eco-Friendly Cosmetic Packaging?
Understanding what constitutes eco-friendly packaging can be confusing. Different things can count as eco-friendly materials.
One main type of eco-friendly packaging is packaging that is made of biodegradable materials. Biodegradable materials are those that can be broken down by organisms in the Earth, instead of taking over landfills and continuing to cause damage to the earth.
Recyclable materials are also an important part of eco-friendly packaging. This can either mean packaging that is already made out of recycled materials or packaging that is very easy to recycle.
A lot of packaging is already made out of recycled paper. It’s natural to extend that impulse to the cosmetics industry.
And packaging made solely out of one material, like glass or metal, can be easily recycled — or even reused by the customer.
Reusable packaging is useful not just because it’s great for the environment. It’s also useful for the customer!
You can use reusable packaging to organize household items or do D.I.Y. craft experiments. The possibilities with reusable packaging are endless!
The best types of eco-friendly cosmetic packaging are those labelled as ‘no waste’, meaning that any part of them can be reused or recycled. They produce much less trash and therefore less damage to our environment!
Plastic Packaging Crowds Our Landfills
According to a report from Zero Waste Europe, the cosmetics industry creates about 120 billion tons of packaging each year around the world.
That’s a lot of litter! Switching that amount of packaging to eco-friendly alternatives can make a huge difference in the fight against climate change.
Using Biodegradable Materials Is Better For The Earth
Instead of clogging our landfills with dangerous waste, packaging made out of biodegradable materials eventually breaks down.
That can cause far less damage to our planet. Plus, they save room in landfills for non-biodegradable materials, so they can be contained in one area.
Eco-Friendly Packaging Reduces Shipping and Product Costs
Using eco-friendly materials in packaging can reduce the cost of shipping the products themselves.
And, those savings can be passed on to the customer! Especially if all the ingredients of a product are locally sourced, shipping costs can drop dramatically, which is great for everyone. It’s especially good for the environment.
Eco-friendly materials can also reduce other costs involved with purchasing products, as well. Some traditionally packaged products have mechanisms like pumps, which can make it hard to use every last bit of product.
Environmentally friendly packaging makes it easier to use all the moisturizer in a jar, for example. With eco-friendly packaging, you can make sure you use every last drop of your product.
That will save you money while reducing how often you have to order more cosmetic products. Your savings help save the planet!
Better Packaging, Better Skin
There can be some shallower benefits to eco-friendly cosmetic packaging, too. Companies that use eco-friendly cosmetic packaging are more likely to use more environmentally friendly products in the formulas they use to make makeup.
Their products are more likely to be more natural, which means they’ll be less harsh on your skin and be less likely to cause allergic reactions.
If you know you have existing allergies or sensitivities to certain materials, eco-friendly materials are more likely to list the ingredients of the packaging and less likely to include harmful materials in the first place.
And, if you’re an animal lover, there’s more good news. Companies that use eco-friendly packaging, like Lush, are less likely to test on animals.
They are also less likely to use ingredients that come from animals in their products. Good for you, good for your skin, and good for the environment!
Keep Being Mindful
It’s important to keep in mind that just because a product is marked as eco-friendly, doesn’t mean its a definite home run. For example, cosmetic packaging made out of bamboo can be market as environmentally friendly but can create land use issues if not sourced correctly.
Some paper and cardboard products may not be recyclable, particularly if they are coated in plastic or other polymer materials.
It’s really important to pay attention to what materials are used in the products you buy. That way, you can make sure you’re not being misled by any of the claims made by companies.
Some companies, however, are careful about their sourcing. For example, Arish offers 100% recyclable packaging, natural ingredients, and does not test on animals at any stage of testing.
Arish also sources all of its ingredients in Australia, which cuts down on any transportation pollution costs and land-use problems. Arish is certified Australian grown!
Bottom line, you need to do your research and be careful about everything you buy. That doesn’t just mean eco-friendly cosmetics, but every product you purchase in your life.
To truly make a difference in the fight against climate change, we all need to do our part and pitch in!
Eco-Friendly Cosmetic Packaging Can Help Save Our Future
Eco-friendly cosmetic packaging could make a huge difference in the fight for the health of the planet if more companies get on board.
Research some of your favourite makeup companies, and make sure they’re on board the eco-conscious train.
Want to know more about cosmetics and the environment? Check out some of our other articles for more information, or contact us!