Ways to Reduce Plastic In Your MakeUp Bag

It's been pretty possible to avoid the news of how much plastic waste ends up in our oceans lately. From heartbreaking tales of a turtle having lay her eggs on top of a pile of plastic, to footage of how many plastic bottles don't get recycled, it feels like finding ways to reduce our plastic waste is becoming a priority for many of us.

One area of our lives that seems to be full of the P-word is our makeup collection, so today we thought we'd share our tips of how to reduced the amount of plastic in our makeup bags.



Shop on websites that only sell environmentally-friendly products

There’s no denying that it can be hard to come by plastic free beauty products on the high street, but there are places online, such as Eco Beauty Crew that only sell products that promote clean living. Eco Beauty Crew also have a samples service where you can buy sample sizes of some of the products they sell for a little as £1 so that you can try them out before you commit to a full-price product


Use bamboo makeup brushes

Perhaps one of the quickest and easiest ways to #PassOnPlastic is to swap your makeup brushes for ones made of bamboo and natural fibers. Brands such as Ecotools have a wide range to choose from, and buying some of their sets even means you donate money to charity at the same time. Result!


Use 2in1 products

Another great way to reduce the amount of plastic you use (and the weight of your make up bag) is buying products that can be used for more than one thing, like Bodyshop lip and cheek stains for example. Who knows, it could even save you money in the long-term too


Buy pallet refills

How annoying is it when you run out of just one product in your contour palette and have to buy a whole other one. Well not anymore. Brands like Kat Von D sell individual refills for each item that just slot into your existing palette - and Kat Von D is cruelty free too!


Change your makeup bag itself

This one might be easy to forget about, but next time you want to upgrade your makeup bag itself, make sure that it plastic free too. Try choose one that’s made of fabric with a metal zip or press studs. If you struggle to find one you like, you could always use a canvas drawstring bag instead.


Buy products that come bamboo pots

Did you know that you can buy products, such as this brow power by Zao that come in adorable polished bamboo containers that you could even wash out and re-use once you’re done


Buy products that come in tins or cardboard packaging

Just like bamboo, you can also swap some of your plastic-packaged products for ones that come in tins, like this Fat & The Moon eye coal that comes in a tin, rather than a plastic eyeliner tube.


Make your own makeup

Of course, if you’re feeling adventurous, you could always try making your own makeup (and other beauty products) at home from natural ingredients rather than buying any makeup at all. Or you could start by just switching to one homemade product to start with. It might take you a couple of tries to get it right (or anywhere near right) but that’s okay.

There are loads of blogs are there with recipes and tips, like Wellness Mama, so have a look around and see what works best for you.


And remember...

We know that the idea of making all these changes can seem a little daunting at first, especially the idea of doing all of this at once. Even just making one or two of these changes could make a difference. Being prepared to try is important.

james hawkshaw