Ever wondered where all the packaging from your used-up skincare goes? Or thought about how the ingredients in your products are sourced? The cosmetic industry has a significant impact on the world (and not always a good one). In this month's post, we're going to chat about sustainability in skincare and why it's so important - just in time for Earth Day!
The Importance of Sustainability
Sustainability has become a bit of a buzzword, but the concept has been around for a while. It's based on a single principle, according to the EPA: "everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment." Therefore, in order to sustain ourselves and our planet, we need to "create and maintain conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony."
If we don't take care of the Earth, we won't be able to utilize its resources for years to come. Every choice we make has an impact on our environment - especially the products we use in our bathroom.
The Impact of the Beauty Industry on the Earth
The beauty industry (including skincare) is a $532 billion dollar industry. This massive arena of consumption around taking care of our faces is linked to a number of other industries that pollute the earth. It contributes 120 billion units of packaging a year, and the shipping industry (a key part of getting skincare into our bathrooms) contributes more than 1 billion tons of CO2 a year.
But it's not only the travel to your shelf that harms the planet. Some ingredients that may be harmless when it comes to your face can cause serious damage to nature -like microbeads, for example. And what happens when you've used up your skincare? Not all packaging can be recycled, so some will end up in a landfill or potentially the ocean - which can damage marine life.
Why Skincare Companies should be Sustainable
Given the impact the cosmetics industry can have on our planet, skincare companies have a huge responsibility to do their part to reduce their impact on the earth's resources. They focus on beautifying our skin, but if they do so at the cost of our planet, what good are they really doing? With advances in technology and a greater consumer appetite for clean, sustainable beauty, there is both the opportunity and the obligation to focus on making skincare as sustainable as possible.
And while skincare industries can't eradicate all the waste that comes with such an expansive industry, they can take steps to mitigate their impact on the environment. Mox takes great pride in the fact that we prioritize sustainability. Some of the steps we've taken include:
First and foremost, we don't use water in our formulations, because we believe water is for drinking. While water is a low-cost ingredient for corporations, using so much of it comes at a high cost for our planet.
Second, we donate to nonprofits that focus on sustaining our rivers and oceans. Some of these groups include the Nature Conservancy, Water for People, Waterkeeper Alliance, and Oceana.
Third, nearly all our products come in glass packaging which is better for our Earth. The overall environmental impactper kilogram is lower than for plastic, and glass can be friendly for repurposing.
These are just a few of the ways a skincare company can be more mindful of its impact on our planet and do its part to preserve the Earth's resources for future generations.
How to Make your Skincare Sustainable
If you're a skincare enthusiast, you're probably not going to be giving up your routine anytime soon. However, there are a few ways that you can minimize your impact on our planet - while still enjoying your skincare products.
1) Try to keep your skincare consumption to a minimum. The less you buy, the less product you have to recycle or trash - so don't hoard lots of products when, in all honesty, your skin will do better with fewer.
2) Be mindful of how much product you're using and opt for products where you get more bang for your buck (like with Mox's powerful formulations). If a little goes a long way, the products will last longer.
3) Repurpose packaging to hold Q-tips, cotton balls or other household necessities.
4) Opt for skincare brands with clean ingredientsWe hope these tips help you throughout Earth month and going forward to make your skincare routine more sustainable!