It's day 23 of Plastic-Free July, today, and I want to talk about removing makeup, and why it's not as easy to remove plastic from the process as you might think!
The first on my list of sneaky makeup removing plastics are your standard makeup wipes. Yes, they come in soft plastic, but if you're eco-conscious you might think that you can just put the wrapper into soft plastics recycling and you're all good. Unfortunately, while the wipes themselves may not look it, they are also almost always made of plastic as well!
But it gets worse, because the most commonly recommended alternative to these wipes, microfiber cloths, are just as bad if not worse! Synthetic microfiber towels and cloths contain microplastics that shed into our waterways when they're washed! They're often marketed as an environmental alternative, but unfortunately the microplastics they shed wreak havoc on our environment, particularly our oceans!
So, what's a more sustainable alternative? A good old cotton washcloth is a great option! Or, you could sew or crochet up some reusable face rounds like the ones pictured! They're quick to make and they work great- just remember to use a natural fibre like hemp or cotton.
My favourite crochet pattern for these is by @bagodaycrochet and a video tutorial can be found here: https://youtu.be/FuDkv_c57ic
They're nice and simple to make and a great introduction to crochet for those interested in learning.
Written by GNH regular, Hannah Jayne. Follow Hannah on Instagram @hannahstitched more zero waste & plastic-free inspiration.