As a person who writes about beauty for a living and, thus, receives boxes upon boxes of products on a weekly basis, I can tell you that the industry can be extremely wasteful — in fact, according to Zero Waste Week, the beauty industry alone produces over 120 billion units of packaging a year. I’ve almost lost count of just how many products are littered all over my bedroom and my bathroom, and it wasn’t until recently when I stared down at yet another pile of boxes that my mailman had delivered to me that I figured it might be worth it to rethink my beauty routine and incorporate a few products that don’t produce as much waste. Spoiler: it was a lot more difficult than I expected it to be.

For two weeks, I incorporated a few minimal-to-no-waste beauty products into my routine. That included items that come in recyclable packing, plastic-free products, and others that are even biodegradable. To get a peek at my routine (and to see how I did), read ahead.

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