Trying A Zero-Waste Beauty Regime: Plastic Free Make Up & Skin Care

Trying A Zero-Waste Beauty Regime: Plastic Free Make Up & Skin Care


I’m Hayley Pearce and, like most
people, I rely a lot on plastic. I’m guilty. Everything from my shampoo
and shower gel, to my face creams and make-up
contains some form of plastic. It seems to be in everything. Now, I’m on a mission to adopt
a more eco-friendly make-up and beauty routine. It’s just like flushing
a plastic bag down the loo, every time you flush a wet wipe. On average, a woman will spend
around £22,000 on make-up in their lifetime, most of which ends up in landfill. I know I’m going to be guilty
of a lot of stuff that I use on a day-to-day basis that contains
plastic and they just come in handy because they’re convenient. For the first time ever, I’m going try having
a zero-waste beauty regime. To help me brush up on it all, I’ve
called in an organic make-up artist to give me some tips. Right then, so here’s
my blank canvas. Ready? Yeah. So this foundation is natural and it’s also completely
plastic-free. Why is there plastic in foundation? Because it’s a cheap ingredient and also because
it gives the product that texture that they want
and it’s easy to produce in a lab. Basically, the texture
that we’re used to in make-up is all to do with the
synthetic plastics that they use. I’m just baffled by it all,
it seems to be in everything. You’d never imagine that
there would be plastic in your…
No. ..in your make-up. So, Mel, how are we actually
supposed to know if there’s plastic in a product? So, you’ll be able to tell by
looking at the ingredients list. PEG, nylon, silicones, it’ll be written as dimethicone. You just don’t think about it,
do you? No. If it looks good or it makes
you look good, you just think, “Sod it, I’ll buy it.” I’ve never looked at ingredients
on my make-up that I’ve bought. Mel, I would absolutely love
to have plastic-free make-up, but it all comes down to cost. Yeah, so it costs more initially,
but you buy this once and then the next time you buy
the refill, so you just buy this. Long term, you end up spending less and you end up being
a lot less wasteful. Yeah. I mean, if there was more
alternatives in the shops, I definitely would try and go
plastic-free gradually. Yeah. Change my make-up bag
over time. Yeah. All done. And I’ve still got full coverage,
so thank you. Now I’m on board with the benefits
of plastic-free make-up… The exits are here, here and here. ..I wonder if I can convince
some make-up fans to try it out. So, girls, how important is make-up
to you all? Well, it’s quite important,
isn’t it? Because we are going into cabin crew and, obviously, with cabin crew,
make-up’s a really big part of the uniform. I’ve got totally plastic-free
make-up for you to try today. Organic make-up, I’ve got eyeshadow. Do you want to try
the eyeshadow out? I’ve got mascara for someone
to try. Yeah? Cool. And then some lippy. Do you want to try the lippy?
Yeah. Thank you. Cool. It’s got a nice pigmentation
as well. Yeah. The eyeshadow, like, from here
you can’t even really see it, it’s that subtle… Yeah. ..and
natural. Really natural. Yeah. How are you getting on
with the lipstick? It’s really nice, it smells good,
as well. Does it smell really nice? That’s a lovely colour,
suits you loads. Thank you. Right, Hannah,
how are you getting on? I think that looks better
than, like, my original one. Yeah, I mean, would you now
go out and buy organic, plastic-free make-up or…? I think I’d be a bit more mindful
that it’s actually out there, but, um, I don’t think
I’d be buying it, unless it’s, like, the same colours
as I usually buy. So, what do you think, girls?
Would you buy it? Probably not. Why? It’s the same end result, I’d rather
spend the cheaper option and… OK, yeah, fair enough.
No, I do agree with you. I mean, organic, plastic-free
make-up is a lot more expensive.
Yeah. If you don’t have the cash to splash
on buying organic make-up, apparently you can make your own. I will be gobsmacked
if this actually works. Shea butter, aloe vera gel
and some charcoal powder. So, apparently,
it’s a tablespoon of it all. It’s not very practical. It is a little bit of a potch. But so far, it looks… ..like mascara, I suppose. It’s just got to set
and get in my tube. Wahoo! I’ve actually
made my own mascara. Let’s give it a go. Well, it’s definitely
coming out black. OK, so it’s a bit messy,
but it definitely works, look. Go me! Go me! I made my own mascara! So, I’m with my boy Christian now, and he usually uses mascara
to paint on his beard. Let’s give it a go. Oh, yeah. It’s working. I’m not so ginger now! It’s working! Aw, look at that, Chris! You’ll save loads of money now, boy. Wahoo! What do you think
of that, Chris? Pretty good. There we are, look. Well,
I’ll give you the ingredients now and you can make your bloody own. Shampoo. Shampoo bar or refill. Having tackled my make-up products, it’s time to ditch
the not-so-fantastic plastic from my daily cleansing routine… Moisturiser? Coconut oil. ..with environmental expert
Natalie Fee. So, out of all my products,
what would you say is the worst culprit, maybe, for the environment? I’m going to go for the wipes. OK. These are a bit of a scourge
when it comes to the environment. Most wet wipes contain plastic
in them. I didn’t know there’s plastic
in wet wipes, though. These are being flushed
down the loo in their millions. I mean, it’s just like flushing
a plastic bag down the loo every time you flush a white wipe. They should go in the bin. So, I’ve got a few things
for you to try. Oh! Which I’m excited
about sharing with you. So, here is some deodorant.
What, you just rub it like that? You just rub it like that. This is a face moisturiser. This is moisturiser?
Yeah, that’s a face serum. Oh, it’s lovely and soft, yeah.
It’s fantastic. Every plastic-free person needs
a bamboo toothbrush. Oh, but I love
my electric toothbrush. Well, maybe that can be
for travelling. And finally, this, my favourite
of all, the make-up remover pad. Right, I’m looking forward to
using this, because I have been told in the past that wet wipes are not
the best to take make-up off with. So, maybe THIS will make me ditch
the wipes completely. Time to try out my new
zero-waste, plastic-free goodies. Right, so Natalie said
all you need is just warm water. Guys, it is really good. If it gets the mascara off, then I’m going to fall
in love with it. Oh, my God, it is. It’s taking the mascara off
with no cleanser. Take one for the team, eh?
No-make-up selfie and all that. CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKS OK, guys, so I’ve just used the
face serum instead of moisturiser. It’s just like coconut oil,
to be honest with you. But it smells really nice. And, you know, there’s no packaging,
more room in my cupboards… ..and great if you’re travelling. So, I would buy that again, yeah. So, I’m just trying
the deodorant, guys. I don’t like it,
don’t like it at all. Don’t like the texture of it,
it’s quite powdery. I don’t like it, at all. I really did like
the flannel, though, enough to think, “I might ditch
my face wipes once and for all.” Natalie’s brought me to Wessex Water
Treatment Plant to help convince me. Ugh! So all the wipes that we’re seeing
here are the ones that have made it through the sewers,
to the treatment plant, that didn’t spill into the rivers
and seas. Unbelievable. It’s just really making me
think about the impact it’s having on our planet and, you know,
our future generations, like. I feel ashamed. Ready to see where
the wipes go next? Yeah, I just hope
the smell gets better. Can’t guarantee that. So, this is where
all the wipes end up. Every year we throw away around 10.8 billion wet wipes. Some of which get washed up as far away as the artic. But most of it is plastic
that won’t biodegrade. And what happens
to the plastic, then? So, in this case,
it goes off to be incinerated, 10,000 tonnes a year of it, just from this place here. Wow. But in some places around
the country it goes to landfill. So, it’s either being burnt
or sitting in the ground. Shocking, absolutely shocking. You know, you did say
that there’s plastic in wet wipes, but never, ever did I imagine
it to be this. You know, it’s sick, it’s sick and it’s really…I’m worried
for our future, I really am. It’s opened up my eyes to a lot. Do you think it’s going to change
how you use your make-up wipes and wet wipes. Well, yeah. I mean,
today has shocked me. And if I can change anything
in my day-to-day just to cut out plastics,
I will do. I mean, I don’t need to use
as much wet wipes as I do. Yeah, they’re good, but it is something I’m definitely
going to cut back on already. See, that’ll help.
So, well done, kid! I’m a self-confessed beauty addict, yet I never realised how much
single-use plastic that is in my make-up or the daily
beauty basics I used to rely on, like face wipes. Now I know there are affordable,
non-plastic alternatives, I would look at buying or
even making them in the future. From now on, I’m going to make an
effort to buy less and recycle more. I won’t forget the smell
of those face wipes piled high, so it’s back to basics for me, with my old school flannel
and water. Right, knock it off now!

50 thoughts on “Trying A Zero-Waste Beauty Regime: Plastic Free Make Up & Skin Care

  1. in less than a century we managed to destroy this planet through the excuse of convenience, what's more convenient than the planet we were giving to live in? in other decades things were meant to last but now its about how much of this or that do we have… fast fashion, hoarding makeup and belongings has become our priority and we need to be aware of the damage we are causing to our planet therefore future generations.

  2. Really disappointed with your description box. Would be curious to try products but you didn’t bother to write up a product list, did you? So who knows what kind were used and where to purchase them 🤷🏼‍♀️

  3. Why is the responsibility and blame always on the consumer when the pressure should be on the manufacturer. When there is limited or no choice or its ultra expensive , sometimes it's a no win situation, it's makes the consumers life stressful and they are made to feel guilty from videos like this. I don't have time or money to worry about every little thing in life, so please just tackle the big global companies (that the EU is protecting) before bashing innocent consumers.

  4. For those that are interested or curious, the face serum and deodorant are by Lush. She was using the deodorant called T'eo which I know most people don''t like because of the texture. I personally use Aromaco which has a texture similar to coventional stick deodorant. Lush does plenty of plastic free products, but it's definitely a learning curve if you're looking to switch. Also, reusable wipes can be expensive and I know that can be made by yourself to help cut costs.

  5. This is so important. You don’t need to go completely plastic free but we can all cut back in certain areas of out lives.

  6. I was really disappointed in the girls' reliance on convenience and need for heavy makeup :/ I know makeup is important for cabin crew and them having a "done up" professional look, but let's face it, they'd look fine with subtle makeup. It's better for your skin anyway. I'd rather splurge on makeup that I use sparingly which lasts me longer. I don't think they emphasized the environmental aspect enough when talking about the makeup. It was all about "is this as good" and "would you buy it". And obviously there's no reason to buy more expensive makeup just to get the same result. But there is a reason to buy it with the added environmental aspect.

  7. how could you do a whole episode on switching to plastic-free make up, but not link or note any of the alternative products🙃🙁

  8. Do people know how bare minerals are? @bareminerals? Refills I would totally go through but I prefer to think about mileage as well as plastics. Making your own I totally go through, try getting local so your products have less mileage,

  9. i love th host of this series. She's informative without being judgmental to the other ppl she interacts with. Such a great series!

  10. I'd be a bit worried about using an homemade product around my eyes personally. Eyes can be really vulnerable to bacterial infection and I don't think that an homemade mascara can have the same hygienic standards of a store-bought one. I'd be down to try homemade lipstick and blush, though.

  11. I thought microfiber cloths released small plastic particles when they get washed? Also face wipes and coconut oil are bad for your skin 😕

  12. It's not about recycling more. It's bout buying without packaging. Even if you recycle everything, it most probably isn't being recycled

  13. Plasticfreedom.co.uk thekindstore.co.uk ingreens.co.uk are all online stores that sell beauty, makeup, toiletries, home, kitchen, baby, travel products, etc, all plastic free, The kind store sells only vegan plastic free. They also all have blogs with tips on going plastic free if anyone doesn't know where to start. The makeup the mua is using in the video is Zao and plasticfreedom and The Kind Store sell it.

  14. That's crazy! Could you please include in the description of your videos the products names and company. I would love to check it out. Meanwhile I'm going to start on the road to a more "plastic-free" life-style. Thank you for sharing. You are beautiful!

  15. I’m not fully zerowaste or plastic free but I started out first with diy deodorant and now I’m moving onto shampoo bar. It’s not necessary to cut out everything at once at first I was thinking I’ll never be able to do it but I’m willing to spend more time/money if it means that I’m saving my home Earth. Do small steps at a time and it’ll be easier.

  16. I used to use soooooo much plastic for my beauty routine but now I’ve gone zero waste and all natural products.

  17. She’s using t’eo solid deodorant from lush if anyone is curious, there is a non powder based solid deodorant by lush, just ask the staff.

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