Folks! It’s been quite awhile since I last wrote an article about sustainable hacks. But as many of us have some extra time right now, why not plan for a more sustainable life? I’ve written down 10 sustainable fashion and beauty hacks below. Some of which you can start today and others need more planning!
Sustainable Fashion and Beauty Hacks
Buy Reusable Cotton Pads
A simple thing you can do is to swap your disposable cotton pads for reusable ones! Reusable cotton pads can be washed after usage and used over and over again. It can be a good idea to have some cotton pads designated for eye makeup, others for lips and some for foundation etc. If you don’t want to spend too much money (reusable cotton pads are more expensive than regular pads), you can create your own cotton pads. You don’t need to much yarn and there are tons of pedagogical tutorials out there. Try this search on Pinterest!
Have Your Shoes Fixed
It’s easy just to throw away old shoes when they start to look a bit worn out. But how about fixing them instead? Sometimes, just cleaning them with the right products can make a huge difference. Also changing shoe laces and polishing them with some cream if they’re made of leather. You can also go to a shoe repair shop and have them resoled. This can sometimes cost as much as a new pair of shoes, but at the same time less resources are used. If it’s about your favorite pair of shoes, perhaps worth the investment?
Makeup wipes are a much debated product within the makeup industry. Not only are they problematic for the skin, but also bad for the environment as they’re disposable. At the same time though, they’re easy and practical to use. I think it’s important to at least reduce the use of makeup wipes as much as possible. Sometimes, when you’re too tired to remove your makeup or out travelling, they can come in handy. With this said though, get yourself a sustainable routine so you can avoid makeup wipes!
Donate Old Clothes
You might think that you have to throw away old clothes that are worn out, with holes or other defects – well so isn’t the case anymore. A lot of high street shops are taking care of your old fabrics, including old clothes and recycle them into new products. You often get a bonus check or a discount in reward. Check if your nearest high street shop is accepting old clothes! If the clothes only need some minor fixing, I suggest you fix it or donate them to a second hand shop!
Multiuse Your Products
One way to reduce the amount of makeup products you use is to multiuse your products. Let your lipstick also function as a blush, your eyeshadow as an eyebrow shadow, your bronzer as an eyeshadow, a lip balm as a highlighter and so on. It’ll be economically beneficial for you but also good from a sustainable perspective, as less products needed are less products produced. Of course I understand the charm in specific makeup products too, but don’t be afraid to see what you can reduce. Perhaps you can try how your orange lipstick works as a blush before buying a new one for instance? Multiusing your products is extra great when you’re travelling and you don’t want to pack too much.
Invest In Sustainable Clothes
Another thing to do is to invest in sustainable clothes. I’m talking about clothes that have been produced in an eco-friendly way or consist of recycled materials. Sustainable clothes can also be about durable clothes with a high level of quality, aka they’ll last longer. Spending some extra cash on sustainable clothes will be cheaper in the end as you won’t have to buy new clothing pieces as often. There are tons of sustainable brands out there and also “regular” brands with a sustainable section!
One of the big problems in the beauty industry is the packaging, which is often made of plastic. Changing your liquid soap to a bar soap can be one way to reduce the use of plastic. There are also bar soaps for shower gel, shampoo and even conditioner! Make sure to buy bar soaps that are eco-friendly and locally produced for the ultimate sustainable shopping. In my experience, bar soaps smells better and less artificial than liquid soap. And who doesn’t love a soap bar that smells like a lavender field?
Swap Clothes With Friends
If you have friends with a similar style, why not swap some clothes with them? This is a great way of receiving new clothes and getting rid of old ones! You can also make a light version of this and only borrow clothes from each other. That way you can try some new clothes, but you’ll still have your old clothes back! Great if you don’t want to get rid of any clothes but are in need of something new. If you however decide to swap clothes, make sure that you swap the same amount of clothes and that it will be fair and square!
Let’s not forget the power of DIY beauty! Mixing a good ol’ scrub in your kitchen is a cheap and sustainable way of doing beauty. Especially body scrubs are great and easy to do at home and pretty safe too. The skin on your legs is often less fragile than your face. You can do DIY face masks too, but be careful not to damage your skin, so do your research properly before. There are plenty of tutorials and recipes out there – so pick one that works for you. And no, don’t add lemon in your DIY beauty products!
Shop Your Own Closet
What do I mean when I say that you should shop your own closet? Well, I mean that you should put away clothes you’re tired of and rediscover them a few months, or even years, later! I know many of us have favorite items we no longer use and don’t want to get rid of. These are perfect clothing pieces to put away for awhile and bring them back later on. It’s a great way of bringing something “new” into your closet, without spending any money. You know the feeling of finding a sweater that’s been gone for a long time? Well, it’s kind of about that!
Folks! Do you have any sustainable fashion and beauty hacks you want to share? Let me know in the comments below! Xx
14 thoughts on “10 Sustainable Fashion and Beauty Hacks”
Hi Mia, hope you’re doing great!
First of all I think I stopped in this blog post before but for some reason my comments doesn’t appear when I finish writing them 🙁
Anyway here I am again to congratulate you for putting this kind of content in your blog, I think these advices and hacks are necessary since times are changing and it is important to notice what we can do to add something valuable with our shopping habits.
I like the idea of swap closet with friends, pretty good one and with no extra cost!
I got all of your comments 😉 They just seem to get stuck in the spam filter sometimes, I don’t know why though. But thank you for all the support and comments! 😉 Xx
I don’t even know that there are reusable cotton pads!! Great post!
They’re actually really good what I’ve heard! I’m using croched ones right now and they work too! Xx
I really enjoy using bamboo cotton pads, they really do make such a difference and they’re gentler on the skin too which is even better xo
That’s great! We all do what we can and that’s the most important thing! Xx
Oh my goodness, I love all these hacks! I think making sure we wash and take care of our clothes so that they last is the biggest and best tip!
I’m so glad you like them! Yes, taking care of our clothes is essential! Xx
Hey Mia, how you doing? Hope you’re staying safe and creative despite these weird days 🙂
I see that you’re always providing good content, so I assume you’re doing good! Thanks for always bringing topics about sustainability to the blog, I really appreciate to find this kind of content in sites like yours since many people visit you and you have a voice 🙂 That’s cool so keep doing this!
What I like is that these are easy tips that anybody could follow, actually I feel good since I do some of these tips like swap clothes with friends (well not in this season obviously hahaha) but donate is also a great idea and most important to know what you really want and you need. Another great point is to get shoes fixed, a long time ago I questioned myself “should I buy expensive shoes?”, but of course since you can always fix the soles and other details!
Thank you Pablo! Your words always cheers me up and keeps me going – sending all the love back!! And yes, I do think these tips are quite relatable. It’s like the quote on zero waste “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly”. Anyone can do this if they put some effort to it! Xx
I get so many of my favorite shoes fixed each year! I have a pair of wedges that seem to wear out so frequently, and I’m always so glad they can be fixed. It’s the small things that can make us so happy 🙂
That’s great! So true! I love the feeling of fixing an old clothing piece or a pair of shoes! Xx
These are all such great tips! I switched to bar soap and love it! I think I get a better lather and use less, too. I use reusable cotton wipes too!
That’s great! I have a bar soap I love, need to get one for shampoo too! Xx
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