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"I've switched to reusable cotton rounds and can by no means use single-use cotton once more!"

I will be the first to admit that I enjoy some comfort in life. I mean, a few days are really difficult. So if something can make a task easier, why not? However, the price of convenience is usually the environment, as it simply doesn't always mean biodegradable or waste-free.

This is where sustainable beauty comes into play. Sustainable beauty refers to the use of ingredients and materials that are good for the planet – at no extra cost to get out of your wallet or time. Now I know that cleaning up your beauty routine can be a daunting task, but every little bit helps – starting with saying goodbye to disposable cotton.

Seriously, cotton?

Yes, you might not notice it, but all of these makeup remover wipes, cotton squares and rounds pose a big problem. According to World Wild Life, 20,000 liters are needed to produce just one kilogram of cotton. This is the amount of water a person would drink in three years! Now think of all the wipes and disposable cotton you've thrown away over the years – that's a lot of water. In addition to water consumption, the cultivation of cotton includes pesticides that affect soil quality and enter water systems as a direct consequence and affect animals and people in the growing areas.

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Where does cotton go after I use it?

Cloths usually consist of a combination of things like polyester, polypropylene, cotton, wood pulp and rayon fibers, many of which are non-biodegradable. And when these cloths are rinsed (never rinse cloths), the plastic fibers they contain can get into water systems that have a negative impact on the environment.

You might think rounds of cotton would be a better option, but due to the bleaching and blending process they were made with, they are not biodegradable. Both disposable cotton and wipes cause more waste in the landfill.

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What's next?

Lowering your cotton consumption is the first step to a more sustainable beauty routine, as reducing that one item can have a significant environmental impact. There are many alternatives to cotton rounds and scarves, so I promise you won't even miss them – you can trust me because I speak from experience.

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I recently switched to reusable rounds of cotton and I swear I will never use disposable cotton again! These reusable rounds of cotton from Natural Life are made from organic cotton and may be the sweetest thing there is (they are literally little doilies). I was a little worried about how they would feel on my skin, but they're super soft, gentle, and absorbent. Unlike disposable cotton, these babies can be rinsed and reused. After using it, I just run it under warm water and let it air dry. And the best part is that I use one round all week now! That means savings in my wallet and saving the planet one by one – frankly it's a win-win situation.

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