Clean beauty is the latest (and dare we say, greatest?) trend taking the beauty industry by storm, and it goes without saying that the team at terra20 is here for it. Still, we can’t help but notice that talk stops at product ingredients when there’s another elephant in the room: the plastic our products come in.
We shudder to think about how many plastic containers we go through every year as we cycle through our beauty products. The most recent data available indicates that the beauty industry is responsible for producing 120 billion units of plastic packaging every year—most of which ends up swimming in our oceans. And though we’re tempted to think we’re doing our part by cleaning out each container and recycling it after use, do any of us really know where that packaging goes after it leaves the house?
As it turns out, Canada only actually recycles 9% of its plastic. The rest is moved to landfills or incinerators along with regular garbage.
Needless to say, it’s time to take clean beauty to the next level. Thankfully, overhauling your makeup collection isn’t hard. Here are five must-have plastic-reducing beauty and self-care products to help you make the switch.