I remember growing up oblivious to recycling in the 80s. I chalk it up to the times, but when I think of all the juice boxes, cans, plastic bags and bottles we wasted and CFCs (hairsprays, etc.) we released into the atmosphere, I feel rotten.
Times have definitely changed. It’s cool when beauty companies make an effort to use recycled materials in their packaging. The environment is a central issue in our lives now and growing more important every day.
I *love* pretty packaging and aesthetically pleasing design. Well designed packages bring me joy, but some of them still make me cringe, like when a tiny .3 oz. tube of product comes all by itself in an oversized, shrink wrapped cardboard box fitted with plastic buttons, ribbons and bows. Overkill — and most of it ends up in the trash.
What do you do with your discarded beauty product packaging? Do you ever reuse it around the house or recycle the plastic containers?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Aloha, ladies. I’m here in jungly Kaneohe on the eastern side of Oahu. My family lives in a small condo at the base of a curtain of green mountains that bisect the island’s north and south sides. It’s been raining heavily since we arrived, and the sky is dark and gloomy. A big storm is on the way, moving steadily across the Pacific, and everyone is worried about flooding.
Ko’olau Moutains, Oahu, Hawaii
Over the course of a single 24-hour period last week, the island got 17 inches of rain and saw major damage and flooding. San Francisco gets 20 inches of rain annually, so 17 inches in a day means it was raining cats and dogs, and chickens, cows — you name it, LOL!
It’s just before dawn right now, and my family is still asleep. We had a nice first day yesterday despite the rain, catching up with family and spending quality time with our mom. Right now I’m blogging by the light of my laptop on the couch, listening to wild chickens and the rain outside.