Being a beauty lover can be at complete odds with being environmentally friendly and responsible. Single use plastics, the abundance of excess packaging, microbeads, and unrecyclable materials all have a damaging and lasting negative impact, contributing to the swift decline of our environment. Becoming a more conscious consumer is one way we can minimise our environmental impact, another great way we can get our beauty fixes whilst being sustainable is to upcycle products we already own. It’s a no brainer, right?
There’s a general lack of awareness surrounding our plastic problem, and the planet-damaging impact our beauty consumption has. We recycle our empty plastic containers, we’ve switched to using refillable packaging, and as consumers were actively buying from eco-friendly brands with mission statements and values we support.
But if you want to go one step further and really practice what you preach, upcycling finished beauty containers and home goods is an incredible way to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfill. Not only is upcycling a great way to get those creative juices flowing, it’s a money saver too.
Easy ways you can upcycle old beauty products:
– Turn a candle jar into storage (makeup brushes, pencils/pens, vase for flowers)
– Use empty spray bottles to take care of your house plants
– Use an empty eyeshadow palette as a jewellery holder
– Make an oil diffuser from used perfume bottles
– Use empty glass cosmetic jars as planters
Pictured above is an old and unloved teacup and saucer set my clever mum transformed into a candle (its a side hustle of hers), showing there are numerous ways we can upcycle our household goods and create things we really care about and cherish.
How are you getting into the upcycling movement? Comment below and let me know!
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