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Our skin care routines have a huge impact on the environment.
Many personal care products contain petroleum, chemicals, preservatives, endocrine disruptors, antimicrobial agents, and plastic microbeads that find their way into waterways, eventually ending up in groundwater, the foods we eat, and into our own bodies.
Polyethylene beads get mistaken for food by zooplankton, which are eaten by increasingly bigger sea life, transporting plastic pollution up the food chain. Birds, turtles, seals, whales and countless sea mammals and fish species mistake plastic for food, which is often a deadly mistake. They become tangled in plastic debris and drown.
Palm oil, another popular ingredient in personal care products, is often farmed on burned or cleared rainforest land. This deforestation reduces biodiversity, particularly affecting already endangered species. Rainforests are also responsible for absorbing much of earth’s air pollution.
The fuel used to manufacture new plastic creates effluent in air and water that can often be linked to health conditions and birth defects in the populations that live nearby.
Using tons of products comes at a cost. The beauty industry creates mountains of plastic garbage that can’t be recycled and will never biodegrade.
For this reason, we use as little plastic as possible in the packaging of our products. Indeed, we use as little packaging overall when it doesn’t directly contribute to the quality of our products, as all of it creates a carbon footprint.
Obviously, we can’t simply stop using plastic, but we all have the power improve the situation by more conscious consuming. The point is not to strive for perfection, but reduction. Buying what we only really need or really enjoy is a huge step toward reducing our individual impact.
There are other ways Lumanitas Beauty works to lessen the environmental impact we have: