Aside from skipping plastic straws and cups, transitioning to a minimal-waste beauty routine can help you reduce your carbon footprint. Start with small changes, such as switching from disposable cotton pads to their reusable and washable counterparts. This way, not only are you limiting your beauty-related trash, you're also saving cash by not needing to repurchase so often!
Here's a list of stores and brands that carry reusable cotton pads locally, so you can swipe your toners and micellar waters without the green guilt:
Add color to your skincare routine with Green Pads' cotton rounds made out of repurposed printed fabric. While you're at it, you can shop their other eco-friendly and organic items online, too.
TRY: Green Pads Reusable Cotton Rounds, P150 for 15pcs., Green Pads
Mimi and Me Greentools
These face pads are made out of terry cloth, so they're very soft to the touch. One set contains a total of 12 cotton rounds that are packaged in a travel-friendly pouch.
TRY: Mimi and Me Greentools Cotton Rounds Set, P200 for 12 pcs., Beautymnl
Humble Market is a package-free store that advocates sustainable living. You can stock up on both personal care products (cotton pads included) and pantry staples sans plastic packaging.
TRY: Humble Market Cotton Pads, price unavailable, YDG Coffee Mandala Park, Shaw Blvd, Mandaluyong
If you prefer shopping offline, Common Room stocks items from local artists and brands in their stores in Katipunan, ATC, Power Plant, and Glorietta. Their product lineup includes low waste beauty tools as well, including reusable cotton squares from Little Big Help, bamboo toothbrushes, and more.
TRY: Little Big Help Cotton Pads, price unavailable, Power Plant
ActivGreen's cotton pads come in six- and 12-piece packs stuffed in an adorable cloth pouch. You can catch their zero waste items in bazaars and online via their social media accounts.
TRY: ActivGreen Reusable Cotton Pads, price unavailable, mobile no. 0977 833 2877
For a locally-sourced and handmade option, Plump offers small bundles of reusable pads created from bamboo cotton terry and flannel material.
TRY: Plump Bamboo/Flannel Reusable Cotton Rounds, P120, Plump
According to Ecolution, their cotton rounds are made by working moms who receive 50% of the profit from each sale. They use 100% organic cloth with brush cotton lining for pads that are soft to the touch.
TRY: Ecolution Cloth Cotton Rounds, P200 for 8pcs., Shopee
Low waste brand Paralúman offers cotton rounds that are half organic bamboo and cotton. Like Ecolution, the brand claims to turn over half of profits to the senior citizens, single parents, PWDs or unemployed individuals who make the pads by hand.
TRY: Paralúman Reusable Cotton Rounds, P200 for 10pcs., Shopee
This story originally appeared on Preview.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.