How polluting is the beauty industry?

How polluting is the beauty industry?

The beauty industry creates 120 billion units of packaging every year. The packaging is the number one contributor to plastic production in the world and offender for plastic waste pollution. In 2015, research found that packaging accounted for 146 million tonnes of plastic every year.

How does cosmetics affect the environment?

Cosmetics and personal care products do their most damage to the environment after they are washed down our sinks. The chemicals are recycled into our lakes, streams, rivers and public water systems. The cosmetics preservatives BHA and BHT also alter behaviour and causes death in fish and shellfish.

How did plastic pollution happen?

Rainwater and wind carries plastic waste into streams and rivers, and through drains. Drains lead to the ocean! Careless and improper waste disposal is also a big contributor – illegal dumping of waste adds greatly to the plastic surge in our seas.

How much pollution does the makeup industry make?

According to Zero Waste Week, more than 120 billion units of packaging are produced globally every year by the cosmetics industry, contributing to loss of 18 million acres of forest annually. The personal care industry is worth $500 billion per year.

What is the most used beauty product?

The world’s most popular beauty products

  • Mac Lipstick in Velvet Teddy.
  • Benefit They’re Real Lengthening Mascara
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade.
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder.
  • Mac Lip Pencil in Cork.
  • Maybelline Hyper Precise All Day Liner in Matte Black.

How can we reduce plastic in beauty industry?

6 Ways to Reduce the Plastic in Your Beauty Stash

  1. Lose your virginity.
  2. Have your fill. Buy pretty refillable bottles (Homesense always has good options) and then fill, refill and refill once more.
  3. Get naked. Brands like LUSH are cutting the waste by reducing overall packaging, or in some cases, cutting it completely.
  4. Go a little further.
  5. Tell them what you want.

How much plastic is used in cosmetics?

In 2018, in the U.S. alone, almost 7.9 billion units of rigid plastic were created just for beauty and personal care products, according to Euromonitor International.

How bad is the beauty industry for the environment?

As the industry’s most used ingredient, there are concerns that demand for water could outstrip supply. Air pollution is another negative impact contributed to by the beauty industry and new research revealed that perfumes, hairsprays and deodorants pollute the environment as much as car emissions.