Zero-waste beauty: What you need to know, and how to commit

Zero-waste beauty: What you need to know, and how to commit

Waste not, want not

Text: Angelyn Kwek

Heard this buzzword being bandied about lately? If you’re thinking of converting, here’s what you need to get started on a zero-waste beauty regime

There's a new category of beauty, and it's of the minimalist, zero-waste variety. Fair warning though, this one's not a passing trend to take lightly and calls for the culling of your maximalist tendencies. Which means all those backups of your favourite tinted moisturiser, bronzer and shampoo need to go. At its core, zero-waste beauty is a revolution in the industry that extols the virtues of going vegan and green with biodegradable (or re-useable) products and packaging. And no, it's not just for the hipsters.

Being part of this movement is a lifestyle change that makes you re-consider each and every purchase you make. Specifically, the far-reaching environmental impact once you toss it out. And while fashion is the number one culprit behind several football field-sized landfills, the beauty industry is a close runner-up with its penchant for fancy packaging (here's looking at all those pretty, limited edition festive goodies) and the use of chemicals during production. But after a lifetime of splurging on makeup, switching to zero-waste beauty isn't going to be a cakewalk — it's like a strict no-carb diet, you know?



After being inspired by a Buzzfeed video and doing a bit more research into zero-waste beauty, we've come up with some solutions even die-hard beauty junkies can compromise on. Whether you're a fledging zero-waste convert, or simply aiming to be a little more responsible with your beauty regime as part of your 2018 resolutions, here are some painless swaps and products to get you started: