Did you know that your everyday cosmetic products might contain plastic? Chez SANNA, we want to keep you as informed as possible, to help make the most educated purchasing decisions. This topic is especially important to us, as unfortunately, it is not up to businesses to keep our best interests at heart when selling us products.
A survey by the Plastic Soup Foundation (PSF) revealed that major global cosmetics companies, such as Maybelline, Clinique, and Rimmel add microplastics to their cosmetic products. As we know, the capitalistic goal of these companies is to maximize their sales. Their mottos are to produce more, lower the cost, and make “longer-lasting, more effective” products… It is, therefore, unfortunately, up to us as consumers to be careful about the products we use on and in our bodies.
Indeed, many cosmetics contain microplastics of all kinds, smaller than 5 millimeters in size: plastic microbeads that can be found in scrubs, toothpaste,… (some countries have banned the use of them), as well as liquid plastics (silicones, polymers, and polyvinyls) that end up in cleaning gels, shampoos, makeup. UNEP (United Nations Environmental Program) and TAUW revealed there are at least 67 different sorts of microplastics used in cosmetic products.
These microplastics are absorbed by your skin, the largest organ of the body, which is not a good thing. Carcinogenic or endocrine disruptors, some cosmetics are real poisons for humans. But not only that, when we rinse our products, some are not stopped by the treatment plants, which also makes them responsible for the pollution of marine waters and the repercussions on biodiversity. The cosmetics industry is in the top 3 of the most polluting industries in the world, along with fashion and oil.
Here are 8 everyday products that contain plastic :
Mascara, a must-have in any makeup routine! In direct contact with the mucous membrane of the eyes, the composition should be 100% clean. And yet, many of these little tubes are filled with plastic: wrapped in plastic, an applicator generally made of plastic and composition often questionable. Indeed, always looking for the best mascara, the one that will have a better hold, the one that will resist the best to water… It is not without consequences. Microplastics are added to the composition, often in the form of silicone or plastic polymers, in addition to harmful components, to meet the demands. Some mascaras contain more than 90% plastic. Inevitably these microplastics enter the body through the eye socket, so it is important to be vigilant about the cleanliness of its ingredients.
Because of this, we have found an all-natural mascara, without perfume, chemical or synthetic properties; the natural almond mascara from Ere Perez. It contains almond oil, which is considered to strengthen and lengthen the lashes while stimulating their growth. Carnauba and soy waxes give the mascara a perfect, smudge-proof, and water-resistant hold throughout the day. Plus, it’s suitable for all eyes, even sensitive eyes, and contact lenses.
As with mascara, shower gel is very often found in plastic bottles. As a reminder, 70% of its packaging ends up in landfills and often ends up in our oceans. The bathroom is indeed a real temple of consumption where plastic is omnipresent and where we tend to throw and buy again. A single shower with an exfoliating shower gel based on microbeads can send 100,000 plastic microbeads into the water source, many of which will end up in the ocean (according to the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and Mr. Michael Gove).
To reduce your waste consumption and to be sure that the water from your shower, that will one day end up in our lakes, rivers, and oceans, is not polluted, we offer you green solutions. Solid Cold-Processed Soap for face, body, and hands by APO France, is 100% natural and of vegetable origin, without animal cruelty, and is certified organic by Ecocert. The solid soap is presented in a PEFC-certified (from sustainably managed forests) ecological packaging box to reach a zero-waste objective and put an end to the use of plastic bottles! Solid Cold-Processed Soap is 100% biodegradable and does not cause soil or water pollution. For exfoliation, the biodegradable Konjac sponge will do the trick!
Shampoo and conditioner
Like everything else, shampoo and conditioner are also far too often packaged in plastic. In the United States, no less than 552 million bottles of liquid shampoo are thrown away every year. Very few are recycled. But that’s not all. When consumers rinse out their shampoo or conditioner containing silicones, marine life is directly impacted. Synthetic polymers are used to thicken conditioners to make them creamier. They also create a surface layer to make hair look healthy and shiny. Silicones make the product feel like it’s working, even if it’s only temporary and on the surface.
SANNA’s solution is a solid shampoo for a plastic-free shower! APO FRANCE’s solid shampoo is free of ingredients of concern, vegan, and suitable for all hair types. This solid shampoo is the equivalent of 2 bottles of shampoo (250ml)! The solid shampoos are packaged in 100% recyclable PEFC certified paper boxes (sustainably managed forests), printed with vegetable oil-based inks. Followed by the solid hair conditioner, 100% natural, vegan, and certified organic by Ecocert. This solid hair conditioner is equivalent to more than 100 uses and is presented in an ecological cardboard packaging certified PEFC (from sustainably managed forests) to achieve a goal of zero waste and end the use of plastic bottles!
If you like a liquid shampoo better, The Rahua Classic Shampoo is formulated with rare, sustainably sourced omega-9 rich Rahua oil. The restorative Rahua Classic Shampoo leaves hair soft, silky, and luminous, and scalp soothed. Naturally scented with the fresh, woodsy aroma of Palo Santo oil, this cult-favorite formula is concentrated and will keep your scalp in balance—not too oily, and not too dry. Make sure you use the Rahua Classic Shampoo Refill to prevent plastic waste.
Finding a deodorant adapted to our perspiration can be complicated. Indeed, we may tend to neglect its packaging, production, and composition. In addition, the stigma of natural deodorant being less effective than industrial deodorant does not make it easy. However, our deodorant should be carefully scrutinized to eliminate dubious and toxic compositions, not to mention the plastic packaging that is constantly thrown away.
We found the golden nugget! Nuud is a very effective vegan deodorant, made of only 10 ingredients. It contains no aluminum, no parabens, no salt, no artificial fragrances, and no alcohol. Unlike conventional deodorants, you don’t need to use a lot, because Nuud is very concentrated. Finally, its tube is made of bioplastic, which means it is made from sugar cane and 100% recyclable, and eventually biodegradable. It is packaged in an unbleached FSC cardboard and is 100% produced in Europe. Good for your health and that of the planet!
Eyeshadow Glitter is not so magical! Some of the glitter found in our favorite eyeshadows are simply made of plastic. This glittery stuff gets everywhere and is almost impossible to clean up. And when we wash our brushes, for example, after applying our eyeshadow, much of the glitter ends up in the oceans, where everything from plankton to whales mistakes these tiny fragments for food.
But not everything that glitters is destroying the planet. Ere Perez uses natural mica (a pigmented rock), allowing the eye shadows in the Chamomile Eyeshadow Palette to safely glow. Its 6 unique matte and satin shades are made with soothing chamomile for sensitive eyes. Cute and safe!
Our lipstick is easily ingested, accidentally, throughout the day as we talk, eat, and drink. Moreover, we must not forget that the woman who wears it as well as the one who is going to kiss it, ingests the substance. Yet nobody wants to eat or kiss plastic. However, too many of our lipsticks still contain microplastics such as polyethylene or polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
Chez SANNA, we are committed to providing products that are safe for you, your partner and the Earth! Ere Perez’s multitasking carrot color pots will allow you to add the perfect amount of color to your cheeks as well as your lips. Who doesn’t love a two-in-one product. Your wallet, toiletry bag, and the environment will thank you. And most importantly, your body will be delighted with this purchase, thanks to its healthy ingredients, like carrot, full of antioxidants and considered useful for keeping skin soft and hydrated. This product is vegan and cruelty-free. Find our two shades depending on your mood of the day, in Holy and Healthy.
Why would we put plastic in our creams? Besides the financial reason, synthetic polymers also give the illusion of what consumers want most of the time. Synthetic polymers are used to thicken creams to make them smoother. They also create a top layer on the skin to make it feel silky. Silicones make the product feel like it works, even if it’s only temporary and on the surface. But this is just a myth. They do not do anything beneficial for your skin, no matter what a product claims to do or even how it feels on your skin, it only offers a totally false and short-term solution.
You can see massive improvements in your skin by simply removing synthetic polymers from your skincare products. Our alternative? Ere Perez’s Moringa All Day Cream, with a light, melting texture that nourishes and adds radiance. Applying this moisturizing cream to the skin gives you a satiny, glowing complexion. It contains moringa, known to accelerate cell renewal with powerful vitamin A and amino acids, and apricot kernel oil to firm and tone. Lemon balm offers powerful antioxidants, and the vitamin E content of prickly pear promotes healthy skin. This product is vegan and cruelty-free.
Every year, nearly 14,000 tons of sunscreen end up in the ocean. Approximately 72% of sunscreen products contain microplastics. Incredible but true! Microplastics are intentionally added to sunscreen formulas to bind and hold together the ingredients of a product, to form a thin layer on the skin, to add waterproofing properties, and finally as a cheap alternative to more expensive ingredients. In addition to keeping some of these toxins on our skin, these chemical compounds in sunscreens are released into the oceans and attack corals causing reef bleaching. Even without going swimming directly after applying sunscreen, it can be washed off in the shower. Often, aerosols spray large amounts of sunscreen on the sand, which eventually ends up in the oceans.
Protect your skin from the sun’s rays all year round with the revolutionary Plant Stem Cell Antioxidant Body Sunscreen SPF30. Patent-pending Northern Dogfish stem cells deliver a hyperdose of powerful antioxidants to fight the #1 enemy of youthful skin: free radicals. Raspberry Seed Oil and Vitamin E combine to boost SPF and restore skin, while the silky texture, translucent finish and zesty scent make protecting skin a pleasurable experience. Provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. This product is dermatologically tested, cruelty-free, nut-free and gluten-free, certified by Ecocert. We’ve even thought about taking care of your faces with the Plant Stem Cell Age Defying Face Sunscreen SPF30.
For a solid and tinted version, Sun & Earth produces a sustainably Tinted All Day Cream with natural SPF 30. It’s a nourishing & lasting face cream made to wear in the elements to nourish, tint & protect your skin. Made from a zinc oxide-based formula, it is safe for the environment, biodegradable, and reef safe. All of their creams are produced using solar power, so you can be sure that you are truly buying a “green screen”. Sun & Earth sunscreens are safe for all ages and protect against UVA & UVB rays. Plus, who doesn’t want a little tinted help with their tan!
The consumer has a right to transparency and protection: plastics don’t belong in cosmetics!