Plastic Free Beauty: the products to help you reduce your bathroom plastic

It's much easier to go plastic-free than you would think

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It's much easier to go plastic-free than you would think

According to a study, 73% of UK consumers want to live more sustainably. And 69% of consumers want to reduce their plastic consumption. Thankfully, there are no so many plastic free beauty products on the market. Meaning it's much easier to make the switch that you thought.

Why is plastic free beauty so important?

Did you know there's no such thing as 'good plastic'? Every bit of plastic that's ever been made, still exists now; reclaimed plastic, recycled plastic, recyclable plastic can all end up in landfill or our oceans. Shockingly, only 5% of the world's plastics are recycled effectively.

The UN predicts that by 2050 our oceans will contain more plastic than fish, and some 99% of seabirds will have ingested plastic, something they're calling a 'planetary crisis'.

The consumer demand for brands to take sustainability seriously is high. Even the Queen is getting in on the action. Did you know that she's banned plastic from all of her Royal palaces?

Last month, The British Beauty Council held a webinar called Plastic Free Beauty: It's Time To Make A Change with Yolanda Cooper, founder of We Are Paradoxx; Daisy Kendrick, Sustainability Expert from Ocean Generations; and Ben Proctor, Director of On Repeat - an innovative packaging solution. They discussed why it's important for the industry to play an active role in the world's sustainability efforts, greenwashing, as well as offering up advice.

The bathroom is the most toxic room in the house. That's because we don't recycle things as well in there as we do in the kitchen. In most kitchens there are separate bins for everything, but in the bathroom there tends to just be a small one. Making the switch to plastic free means that you are cutting out so much of that waste. From the best shampoo bars and glass bottles, to reusable cotton pads and bamboo toothbrushes, it's never been easier to make the switch.

Here's to all of us making an effort to cut down on our plastic consumption going forwards.

We've collated a pretty handy list of plastic free beauty products, which we hope will get you started on your own sustainable journey.

Katie Thomas

Katie Thomas is the Senior Beauty Editor at Marie Claire UK. With over 10 years of experience on women's luxury lifestyle titles, she covers everything from the best beauty looks from the red carpet and stand out trends from the catwalk, to colonic irrigation and to the best mascaras on the market. She started her career on fashion desks across the industry - from The Telegraph to Brides - but found her calling in the Tatler beauty department. From there she moved to Instyle, before joining the Marie Claire digital team in 2018. She’s made it her own personal mission to find the best concealer in the world to cover her tenacious dark circles. She’s obsessed with skincare that makes her skin bouncy and glowy, low-maintenance hair that doesn’t require brushing and a cracking good manicure. Oh and she wears more jewellery than the Queen.