BEAUTY OR SUSTAINABILITY? -IMPACT OF BEAUTY INDUSTRY ON ENVIRONMENT
The environment is no one’s property to destroy; it’s everyone’s responsibility to protect. – Mohith Agad
The environment is our physical surroundings. This includes both human (man-made), social and physical (natural) features. Natural features include soil, the atmosphere, vegetation, and wildlife. Human features include housing, transport, and industry. Social features include things such as culture, language, and political systems. Human interference with the environment causes problems such as soil erosion, global warming, and acid rain. Our planet is plagued by environmental problems that deplete natural resources and strain livelihoods, many of which are exacerbated by poor industrial practices.
You may ask how we as individuals can have an impact on the environment. The answer is our actions can help to increase and decrease the problems highlighted above. For example, turning off lights that are not being used helps to reduce global warming. Everyone enjoys looking and feeling best. As consumers, we are becoming increasingly aware of the health dangers posed by cosmetics and personal care products, but the environmental impacts of these products are less well documented.
Whereas most of us recognize the importance of protecting our planet so that future generations may enjoy the aesthetics of our earth. Cosmetics contain a plethora of chemicals that may damage the environment and even human health as such by adopting eco-friendly cosmetic products i.e. organic cosmetic products into our everyday beauty routine, we can protect the earth while putting our best faces forward.
Switching to green cosmetics won’t single-handedly save the planet but making the switch solves one part of the environmental constraints while at the same time leaving you looking and feeling healthier. While 90% of us recycle kitchen waste, 50% of Brits don’t recycle bathroom waste such as shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel bottles simply because it’s inconvenient. This means 2.7 billion plastic bottles hit landfill every year. 120 billion units of packaging are produced every year by the global cosmetics industry. The cardboard that envelops perfumes, serums and moisturizers contribute to the loss of 18 million acres of forest each year.
If this level of consumption continues, by 2050 there will be 12 billion tonnes of plastic in landfills, the equivalent to 35,000 Empire State Buildings. The current situation of our planet has been characterized by the UN as a “planetary crisis” and no sector of the industry is exempt from scrutiny, including beauty.
One of the major issues due to which the beauty industry is criticized is the heavy use of plastics for packaging which thereby adds to the environmental problems. BHA and BHT have been known to kill fish and shellfish, as well as cause genetic mutations in amphibians are used as cosmetics preservatives. P-phenylenediamine, found in dark hair coloring and lipsticks, has killed many aquatic species. Triclosan, used in skin cleansers and deodorants, can change the biochemistry of fish, aquatic plants and amphibians. Dibutyl phthalate, or DBP, found in many nail polishes has been linked to aquatic life death, as well as killing off plant plankton. Diethanolamine, or DEA, can be found in almost all cosmetics and skincare products. When it accumulates in the environment, it reacts with nitrates to form highly carcinogenic nitrosamines. And nitrosamines are fatally toxic to animal plankton, flatworms, fish, crustaceans, amphibians and more. All life on earth is dependent on the water cycle. Chemicals transferred to our water system can vaporize into the clouds and come back down as rain. Hence, every living being is affected. A common ingredient in a lot of cosmetics items, phthalates , is one of the most frequently detected pollutants in the environment.
Sooner or later, we will have to recognize that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans.
Here are some steps to be followed by customers in order to make a choice to purchase cosmetic products in order to protect the environment. Some of them are as follows :
❖ Buy From Green-Conscious Brands
❖ Avoid Microbeads as Often as Possible
❖ Invest in a Plastic Shredder
❖ Make Sure to Place Plastics in the Recycling bin
❖ Purchase Brands That Don’t Use Harmful Chemicals like Parabens Sulfates, Formaldehyde, Propylene , Glycolalcohols , Butylated Compounds, Phthalates, etc.
The beauty industry is responding to consumers by making eco-friendly products and packaging a reality for those who love their beauty products, but also love the mother earth. Here are five ways the beauty industry is stepping up. Some of them are enlisted below :
● Use of recycled packing.
● Adopting an organic and sustainable movement.
● Banning Microbeads
● Adopting Organic beauty products that are free of harmful chemicals making it safer for the environment and the workers that make the products.
If you are fearful of the destruction of the environment, then learn to quit being an environmental parasite.”