Paradox, as a brand, emphasizes the importance of natural and sustainable products. As stated in our mission statement,“we produce clean, healthy beauty products that are effective, sustainably-sourced, and made by women.” We believe that what you put on your skin should be as good for you as it is for the environment.
But why? What is the importance of sustainability?
Integrating sustainable practices into our daily routines is important because it helps to maintain the quality of our environment and to prolong the beauty of our planet. Such environmentally-friendly practices can be used in every facet of life, including your beauty routine.
With this in mind, you might be wondering: how can you help? One way is to adjust your skincare and beauty routines to be more environmentally-friendly by recycling your beauty cabinet empties. Little steps like this go a long way.
Below are a few steps you can take to better serve the environment and keep the earth as clean as your skin:
The most natural start to learning how to recycle your empty beauty products is to first understand the basics of recycling in general. While the idea is simple, sometimes the execution can get a little convoluted, as different materials need to be recycled differently. All beauty products are packaged differently, thus it becomes even more important to understand how to go about recycling such materials. Even the boxes that your products get shipped in should be recycled. As such, a comprehensive guide to recycling glass, plastic, and more can be found here, to help you better understand the generals of the process.
It’s important to remember that part of the recycling process is to take advantage of reusable products and items that have a recyclable purpose. Multiple use items allow for less waste than single use items. Thus, integrating reusable, multiple use items into your beauty routine is a great first step to establishing more sustainable beauty habits. Some items that you should be sure to incorporate into your newly sustainable routine are items such as washcloths and reusable applicators.
Washcloths are a great alternative to single-use paper towels and can be used for drying your face or removing face masks. While some argue that single-use towels may be more sanitary, simply washing your towels every week or so is a great way to avoid unnecessary waste made by single-use items, while still ensuring a sanitary practice for clean skin.
Similarly, using reusable applicators like beauty sponges is a helpful trick, as well. While beauty sponges aren’t new to most of us, they’re still important, seeing as they work as a multiple use product. Just as it’s important to wash your towels, it’s important to wash your sponges. Often, beauty sponges are thrown out after a few uses, as they tend to get dirty pretty quickly and it can be hard to clean them. Nevertheless, following guides (like this one) can help teach you how to clean your beauty sponges, giving them a longer life and further reducing the need to toss them out for new ones: they become recyclable!
Perhaps the easiest way to recycle your beauty cabinet empties is to take advantage of existing programs that collect empty beauty product containers for different recyclable purposes. Two such programs are run by MAC Cosmetics and TerraCycle.
MAC Cosmetics’s recycling program, Back-to-MAC, accepts the return of empty product containers for reuse. Simply bring primary packaging empties to any MAC counter or mail them out and MAC will give you a free MAC lipstick as a thank you for your contribution. For more information on the specifics of this program- and for similar programs- you can check here.
Likewise, TerraCycle and Garnier partnered up to create their "Beauty Recycling Program," which accepts donations of empty beauty product containers from any brand. Donations can be sent in with their provided shipping label, or brought in to a nearby location. More information and answers to frequently asked questions can be found here. This program works in conjunction with the "TerraCycle Points Program," which connects with a multitude of non-profit organizations: the more you recycle, the more money you can help raise for charity!
Another way to recycle your empties is to repurpose them yourself. This means getting creative and finding ways to reuse the containers to fit into your lifestyle. For instance, if you find yourself drawn to plants and flowers, why not use your favorite face wash container or glass perfume bottle as a vase or plant holder for small plants? Beauty and skincare companies have been upping their packaging game recently, so you’re bound to have some containers that you think are cute enough to fit into your aesthetic. Putting these little bottles-turned-vases on window sills and desks around your living space is a perfect way to recycle your empties and bring some new life into your home!
If you’re not necessarily a plant person, you can also use your containers as they were originally purposed for: to hold beauty products. Once you run out of your moisturizing day cream or rejuvenating facial mist, you can clean out the container and use it for your own DIY skincare concoctions. DIY beauty recipes are always fun to try, but finding containers for them can sometimes be an annoying step in the process. Recycling your empties and using them as DIY skincare containers is a great way to simultaneously make the DIY process more convenient and help the environment! (You can find some great DIY ideas for home beauty remedies here).
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