The beauty industry’s plastic footprint is nowhere hardly the healthiest with the amount of plastic packaging on U.S products increasing by over 120 times since 1960, 70% of that waste ending up in landfill. Whether increasing the recycled nature of plastic packaging is the way to go, there are brands that are formulating their products to be zero waste and thus considerably better for both the environment and our body.
Between freshers week (lots of fun), starting lectures (I love my subjects even more) and getting freshers flu (of which my mum keeps telling me is not flu, something I am aware of), writing blog posts has not been the biggest priority. So instead of going to the gym, an activity my lem-sipped up body cannot handle right now, I am writing this post about these deodorant sticks from Coconut Matter*. They’ve have been my go-to product these past two weeks (think nervous meeting new people sweats) but beyond that, they’re the first step to being a more sustainable student with my beauty routine. Deodorants are, in fact, a pretty good place to start.
Each year, the UK uses 600 million aerosols – equating to around ten cans per person. It’s a figure that’s shocking but also not surprising when you think about how we freely use the product day in and day out. Starting with the packaging of the deodorants, the paper tubes are rolled using cardboard and food-grade wax paper on the inside while the outside is biodegradable laminate. Yes, you did read that right, they are biodegradable (100%!) They also happen to be the perfect size to put in my backpack for a top up during the day, although I can’t lie the deodorants are pretty good at lasting all day.
As someone who has sensitive skin, the fact they’re Hypoallergenic with no alcohol is like music to my ears – and there are no additives. It also doesn’t contain baking soda like other natural deodorants (again a bonus for those with sensitive skin). Because they’re not watered down, the idea is that each stick lasts about a quarter of a year – meaning the four sticks I have should last me till next September. Not only does this save on packaging, but it is a purchase I will not be needing to make during my first year of university.
Although my sense of smell is somewhat off due to nasal nature of my cold, Spring has to be my favourite scent. It’s the one I use for nights out because it is a similar smell to my perfume and I cannot rave about it enough. One of the things I was wary about when coming to university was doing laundry and the fact that using a dryer uses more energy than I used to at home, but because the sticks are actually so good at preventing the sweat I’ve been kind of putting off washing some of my tops because they don’t smell #juststudentthings #studentlyfe.
Return of Eleanor the beauty blogger? I’m not sure if that’ll be the case but it has been good to re-evaluate the products that I use and I know that when I need to buy something new I’m going to consider packaging as as whether it is vegan and cruelty free.
Have you tried any plastic-free beauty products and are there any you’d recommend?
lots of love, eleanor xx