It's a fact that the beauty industry is notorious for using single plastic packaging.
Haven't we all been guilty of buying a product we like even though we had to cut through so many plastic seals to actually get to it. And then there's the product containers....ugh.
The fact is it can take up to 1,000 years for a single bottle to decompose and a HUGE percentage of these plastics end up in our landfills and oceans.
Sustainable global organizations like UNESCO, https://en.unesco.org/ reports that plastic debris causes the death of more than 100.000 marine mammals and more than a million seabirds per year - that's just shocking to me.
But change is coming, albeit slowly and starts with us, the consumer.
I'm always excited to share the many NJ clean beauty brands (that you can find on my page) and other responsible brands promote biodegradable packaging or the "refill" product concept which is becoming very popular.
Local retailers like:
Sustainable Haus, https://www.sustainablehaus.com/
Good Bottle Refill Shop, https://www.goodbottlerefillshop.com/
Simple Bare Necessities Zero Waste Shop, https://sbnzerowaste.com
Are all great examples of businesses committed to low waste and upcycled beauty and home products that range from minimal to completely plastic/packaging free.
Bigger picture companies like Terracycle, https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/ , a NJ based recycling business offer many volunteer based platforms to collect non-recyclable , pre-consumer and post-consumer waste, and then partner with corporates donors or municipalities to turn it into raw material to be used in new products.
So now that we've got the facts can you commit to cutting your plastic consumption, at least in the beauty space in 2021? Knowing that thus single action can positively impact marine life at our local beaches (and you know how much I love the Jersey Shore) is enough reason for me to sign on. Are you with me?