The Plastic Problem in your Beauty Routine
Bags, bottles, straws… we know the usual suspects of plastic pollution. So far, this Plastic Free July we have explored the basics of going plastic free. But what if you take a deeper dive into plastic-free lifestyle? Will you find hidden plastics in items we don’t associate with single-use plastic?
Here’s a list of surprising items that contain hidden plastics with a few alternative options to switch to in your daily life:
Plastic In Wipes
From removing makeup to cleaning up messes to freshening up after a workout, wipes are quite useful. However many wipe cloths are made from a blend of cotton and plastic fabric.
To avoid, check the ingredient lists for polyethylene or polyester blend. If the ingredients only share what the liquid is made of, it is best to skip because it’s impossible to know if the brand is not transparent!
Natracare wipes all use 100% organic cotton cloths, so you can be proud they are all truly biodegradable and compostable — and 100% Plastic Free!
Plastic In Cotton Buds (Q-Tips)
Cotton buds are also useful but sneaky little buggers. Most have small sticks that are made of plastic, creating a huge pollution waste problem. In fact, the UK uses 13.2 billion of them annually.
The better alternative is to use cotton swabs made from hemp or paper. There is also a new reusable cotton bud on the market: the last swab.
Plastic In Period Products
Did you know that most conventional brands use tampons with plastic applicators and put plastic in their sanitary pads and panty liners? In fact, a recent study shows that a pack of conventional period pads contains the equivalent of five plastic carrier bags!
With an average of 11,000 disposable period products used in a woman’s reproductive lifetime, we must be aware of our plastic period waste.
Natracare is proudly on the mission for #PlasticFreePeriods, one 100% organic cotton tampon at a time.
Microplastics from Clothing
Did you know many clothes today are made with plastic in the synthetic textiles aka Plastic Fashion? There is now a growing problem of tiny fibers (or microplastic) that originate from synthetic fibers, such as nylon, rayon, acrylic, polyester, and spandex, polluting our oceans!
An investigation by Patagonia found that garments of ‘higher quality’ shed less in the wash than low-quality synthetic products, illustrating the importance for manufacturers and consumers alike to invest in pieces built to last.
Let’s stop adding to the plastic pollution with their three top tips
- Keep using what you have (rather than by new)
- Wash less often & use front loader machines
- Install a fiber filter.
The list of surprising items that contain plastic can go on! If you’re ever in doubt, just remember the 3 R’s of Plastic Free July: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse.
What’s one item you were surprised to learn has plastic? Let us in the comments below or on Instagram, @Natracare.