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Low-Waste Skincare: 5 Tips For A More Sustainable Routine

Low-Waste Skincare: 5 Tips For A More Sustainable Routine

So you’re looking to live a more sustainable, low waste life. You might have already swapped your single-use items for reusable ones, started thrifting your clothes instead buying fast fashion, and began buying in bulk from local businesses—but have you checked in on your skincare routine?

Every year, an estimated 120 billion units of plastic packaging is produced by the global cosmetics industry, and most of it isn’t recyclable. The good news is, by choosing a few quality low waste basics and buying from brands who prioritize the planet, you can make a sustainable difference in your morning and nighttime routines. 

Here are five quick tips to get you started.

Determine your skin type first

Figuring out what your skin needs can be an easy first step to cutting your waste consumption. By getting a basic understanding of whether your complexion is oily, dry, or combination, you can better predict which products will work best for you, helping you to avoid buying—and throwing out—unnecessary skincare.

Not sure which products work best with your skin type? You can discover new products with recyclable samples.

Choose sustainable packaging

You can easily reduce package waste by opting for products in glass, aluminum, or recyclable containers. With our Low Waste Collection, you can shop our best-sellers without the box and plastic closure. Just reuse the tops from your previous Wildcraft products and you're set.

Make your products visible

We’ve all been there: You order an extra moisturizer, put it in a drawer for later, and then completely forget about it. Making your products visible means you can keep tabs on when your favourite products are running low and order more only when you need them, avoiding duplicates. Plus, neatly organizing your products on your bathroom shelf just looks good.

Use what you have

Skincare products, especially natural ones, are not meant to be saved for a rainy day. By saving rather than using, you run the risk of missing the expiry date—leading to further waste. Always use what you have before buying more. And if you find a product isn’t for you, consider gifting it to a friend instead of throwing it away.

Upcycle those empties

Are you out of toner? Instead of recycling the glass bottle, fill it with distilled water, lavender essential oil, and witch hazel for a DIY linen spray. Just finished your face cream? Reuse the glass container as a catch-all for jewellery. Need more lotion? Upcycle your used bottle and pump to hold your shampoo or conditioner when travelling. 

Whether you decide to buy low waste options of your favourite products, try out must-haves through recyclable samples, or find new uses for your empty cosmetic jars, there are plenty of ways to create a routine that works for you and the planet. 

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