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How to build a zero-waste beauty routine 

Going zero waste can be a daunting task, but it is an important and rewarding step towards living a more sustainable lifestyle. When it comes to personal care products, building a zero-waste beauty routine is possible with a bit of effort and planning. Here are some tips to help you get started:

  1. Start by taking an inventory of all the items in your home that generate waste.
  2. Identify which items can be reused or recycled, and which items need to be replaced with more sustainable alternatives.
  3. Buy in bulk when possible.
  4. Look for products that are packaged in glass, metal, or paper containers that can be reused, recycled, or composted.
  5. Opt for solid products that don’t require a container, such as bar soaps and shampoos.
  6. Invest in reusable items that can be used instead of disposable products, such as cotton rounds, washcloths, and reusable makeup remover pads.
  7. If you must use disposable items, look for products that are made from sustainable materials, such as bamboo or recycled paper.

But we wanted to go even further and give you some real-life examples of changes you can make to your routine to make it as zero-waste as possible. 

Oral Care

Bamboo Toothbrushes

Swap out your traditional plastic toothbrush for a bamboo alternative. Bamboo toothbrushes are biodegradable and take care of your oral hygiene while minimizing plastic waste. 

Ntdf.* bamboo toothbrush. 

Biodegradable dental floss

Upgrade your dental floss to a biodegradable option made from corn and bamboo fibers. Traditional nylon floss can take hundreds of years to break down, while biodegradable floss will naturally decompose in a much shorter time frame.

Biodegradable dental floss. 

Refillable mouthwash

There’s no need to buy a new plastic container when your mouthwash runs out! Nix is a brand that offers a powder option for their very effective (and delicious!) mouthwash. 

Nix powder mouthwash. 

Bath & Body

Solid shampoos and conditioners

Traditional shampoo and conditioner bottles contribute significantly to plastic waste. Transition to solid shampoo and conditioner bars, which are concentrated and long-lasting.

Revival solid shampoo. 

Safety razors

Instead of disposable razors, invest in a quality safety razor with replaceable blades. These razors are not only more durable but also significantly reduce the waste generated from shaving. 

razor

Our very own safety razor

Deodorants with minimal packaging 

When shopping for deodorants, opt for brands that use minimal or paper packaging. This helps to reduce the demand for plastic and contributes to a cleaner environment. Plus, many of these deodorants, like this one from Long Wknd, are made with natural ingredients that are kind to your skin.

Long Wknd natural deodorant. 

Makeup

Reusable makeup remover pads

Say goodbye to single-use cotton pads and makeup wipes and opt for reusable makeup remover pads. These soft, washable bamboo pads effectively remove makeup while being gentle on your skin (makeup wipes are notoriously harsh on your skin. 

Ntdf.* reusable pads. 

Makeup with paper packaging 

Blushes, lip balm, makeup palettes… They are all evolving and some companies are starting to use paper packaging. River Organics is one of these, and they make vegan products that look amazing on your skin!

River organics blushes. 

As you might have noticed, at Not to Die For* we are very passionate about reducing our plastic waste as much as we can.  We know it might be hard to transition to zero-waste alternatives, but very small change counts, and collectively, our efforts can make a substantial difference.

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