A McGill University article defined sustainability as “meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. Wow, that puts things in a different perspective. If we can do better for our planet, the fMcgill.cauture and each other while meeting our own needs, why wouldn’t we.
According to a report compiled by Statista, the 2020 United States skincare market has generated $18.1 million and the average consumer has spent $55 on skincare. The bottles, tubes, and containers used annually by the cosmetic industry adds up to 120 billion units of plastic packaging.
It’s okay to not know everything, but the goal should be to learn as we go. I love being an esthetician but more and more, I notice how much waste spa professionals have in the treatment room. I find myself getting more curious about how to make changes to my backbar and supplies to establish a more sustainable esthetic practice. It was exciting to see how simple it was to use less and find better alternatives. It is an intentional effort when it comes to using less, making sure that if we can use something more than once (without cross contamination) that we do.
When my laundry is returned to me it comes in a large plastic bag. I spend extra time untying the knot so I can reuse the bag for a trash can liner. The acts are small and tend to take a few extra minutes, but I really believe they will have a big impact on how much waste the beauty industry produces.
A few easy quick-change ideas
- Wooden spoolies
- Reusable wax spatulas
- Product removal pads
- Angel feather moon wrap facial towels
- Purchasing wax in bulk
- Check what product containers from your skincare line are recyclable.
- Use glass bowls (or usable) for tinting, etc, or when you need to use small amounts of products.
- Metal dermaplane handles (instead of disposable)
- Vinyl wax pad (instead of table paper)
- Digital product manuals
There are so many other ideas and ways we can become more sustainable as spa professionals. We would love to hear your thoughts. Please feel free to post them under the blog post on Instagram!
“Sustainability has become an important issue in skincare over the last few years and many emerging and established brands are shifting their manufacturing processes and charitable outreach to meet the demands of their customers to be more eco-friendly.”-Farhana, Alexander’s Aesthetics
I want to spotlight a few of Alexander’s Aesthetics earth-friendly product lines:
Their green philosophy is at the core of every action Doctor S. Schwab takes. They believe that being green is a lifestyle supported through their actions. Doctor D. Schwab products are safe, natural, and pure. Many of our herbal ingredients are extracted using the latest CO2 technology, a gentle and eco-friendly way.
Made from all natural and organic ingredients, sugar, water, and lemon. It is 100% eco-friendly and biodegradable and reduces waste because there are no sticks or strips.
For Cotton, It’s Easy Being Green. Aside from that critical processing fact, cotton offers a litany of additional green traits: it’s all-natural, it’s not man-made/synthetic, and it’s biodegradable. When it comes to professional spa products, the best supplies are also more durable, meaning they’ll last much longer. This leads to using fewer pieces and slowing down their inevitable journey to that dirty little secret place known as the landfill. But once there, you can take comfort in the fact that cotton products will break down, and not still be sitting there when your children’s children’s children are alive.
Did you know? Alexander’s brand waxing sticks are biodegradable and compostable…Our biodegradable and compostable sticks break down and decompose in the environment, and since they are made from organic matter, they also break down to become nutrient-rich soil.
Cirepil’s factories follow environmentally friendly Production Process. Ethically & Humanely Sourced Beeswax. Consciously formulated – free of over 1,300 ingredients that are proven harmful to your body. We follow the European Union standards, the strictest standards in the world for skincare and human Safety. In 2023 Cirepil changed their packaging to a new PE material for their wax bags to offer 100% recycled packaging.
By Trinnie M., Licensed Esthetician and Educator at Alexander’s Aesthetics