Sustainability: Reusable Cotton Rounds for Skincare

Skincare creates a lot of unnecessary waste, let’s be honest. I’ve been feeling overwhelmingly guilty and stressed out by my environmental footprint as of late, especially when it comes to hobbies like skincare and makeup. I’ve been looking for ways to reduce my waste in my daily routine, and noticed that I go through a lot of cotton rounds, anywhere from 1-4 a day, for my skincare and nail care routines.

I started searching my Facebook skincare groups for a solution, and noticed that a lot of folks use reusable cotton rounds made out of fabric. Simply use, wash, and use and use and use and use and use until they wither away to nothing. I started looking on @etsy for an option to purchase, as my sewing skills are abysmal and I don’t even own a sewing machine right now. Fortunately I found Katherine’s page @farmgirldesign.nb , a fellow Canadian who could ship everything for only $3 to Saskatchewan! I purchased two sets of 16 rounds, plus a mesh bag to wash them in do they don’t get lost in my machine. I picked out a fun floral print, as well as a plain black set, thinking that I can use the black ones for things like removing nail polish that may stain. —
Yes, this does initially cost more than my usual $1-2 for a pack of Joe Fresh cotton rounds, but over time I believe it will equal out, if not be more affordable, depending on how well I take care of these and how long they last. Considering I was spending about $12-17 a year for disposable cotton rounds, one pack will have paid for itself in just one year of use. I was also pleased to discover that @etsy takes measures to offset the pollution created from shipping items! Another plus in my books. —
I just fished these out of the mailbox so I haven’t had the chance to try them out yet, but I will keep you posted! I’m hoping to gradually switch out more and more of my disposable household items for longterm, reusable items, as my budget allows. 😊🌱 I plan on storing the clean rounds in an cute plastic @amika hair mask container that I’m repurposing, and keep the dirty ones in the mesh bag in my bathroom until ready to wash.

Tarte #seathechange campaign

If you follow Tarte Cosmetics on any social media platform you’ll have noticed that right now they are really hyping up their #seathechange PR campaign in which they offer suggestions as to how their customers can lead a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, and feature their beach plastics cleanup in Florida. Their campaign focuses on recycling rather than garbaging plastics, and “saying no to plastics”, and ties in with their focus on their Rainforest of the Sea products.

Now, I really enjoy Tarte as a brand and I do not want to come off as bashing them in any way. I love their products, I really enjoy their social media spokespeople and their content, and I love that the ingredients for their products are sustainably harvested. They’re cruelty-free of course, and many of their products are now vegan too. All great steps for natural/green/environment-friendly beauty!

However, it feels a bit hypocritical to me that they are promoting “saying no to plastics” when none of their products come with refill options. Many brands like Kat Von D, Elate Cosmetics, and Anastasia Beverly Hills produce product refills that you can quickly snap into your palette when you run out instead of having to purchase a brand new palette. I would really like to see permanent refill options available on the tarte website. I feel that this would not be difficult, as many of their contour and blush palettes have the same circular format and pan size already. I don’t want to have to purchase a whole new palette and waste all of that needless packaging when my old palette is just fine and I just need a new pan of bronzer.

I’ve tweeted @tartecosmetics with their hashtag #seathechange and have voiced the need for product refills to reduce plastic packaging that is just going to end up in the ocean or a landfill when we’re done. I hope that you will think about bringing this to their attention as well! I think they are a great company and are more than capable of following through with this next step and practicing what they preach.