Sunday, April 22, 2018

Where do our old makeup brushes go?

It is important that we become aware of how our actions and choice affect the environment. It is only by becoming aware that we can start to change and affect the environment for the better. Every year, thousands of tons of makeup brushes are thrown away. Most of these brushes have handles made of plastic. Plastic in the environment can cause all sorts of damage. It can contaminate soil and water and harm animals. What makes the situation more unfortunate is that there is something we can do about this. The only problem is that we are not doing enough of what we can.

Nothing is too small when it comes to the environment. And this is more than just about makeup brushes. We can all start caring for the environment. What appears as small actions can make a big impact when done collectively. This is what makes makeup brushes an interesting point of conversation.

There are eco-friendly solutions available when it comes to makeup brushes. An example is the bamboo makeup brushes. Bamboo is an excellent material for brush handles. It is light and durable, but also biodegradable. Bamboo can grow almost anywhere and grow very quickly. Unlike other trees that require decades to reach maturity, bamboo trees are ready for harvesting within three to five years. This makes bamboo farmable. Also, it can grow in locations where other trees could not. In some places, it is a common practice to plant bamboo in depleted soil. The bamboo helps return nutrients to the soil and prevents erosion. Bamboo is a sustainable and very eco-friendly raw material.

But how many cosmetic brands sell bamboo brushes?

It is hard to blame them. These are businesses and just like any business, actions are always the result of balancing expenses and income. Why spend for the research and development of new products when the current ones are selling well? As far as the big cosmetic companies are concerned, there is no incentive in doing so.

However, we have the power to shake things up. We can implement change by how we spend our money. Many startup companies are introducing eco-friendly products like the bamboo makeup brushes mentioned above. If we are smart with our purchases and demand eco-friendly products, even the big and callous companies are going to have to take action to meet our demands.

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