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Circular economy: Ruth Griffin's favourite eco-friendly alternatives to face wipes and cotton pads


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Ruth Griffin by Taine King

Ruth Griffin by Taine King

Baebrow Reusable Makeup Removal Pads Pack of 2 €10.50 from Brown Thomas (brownthomas.com) and Arnotts (arnotts.ie)

Baebrow Reusable Makeup Removal Pads Pack of 2 €10.50 from Brown Thomas (brownthomas.com) and Arnotts (arnotts.ie)

Holos Reusable Cleansing Pads €18.00 (for pack of ten) from holosskincare.com, health stores and pharmacioes nationwdie

Holos Reusable Cleansing Pads €18.00 (for pack of ten) from holosskincare.com, health stores and pharmacioes nationwdie

Moxi Loves Bare Faced €3.95 from Boots, Supervalu, Penneys, Dunnes and pharmacies nationwide.

Moxi Loves Bare Faced €3.95 from Boots, Supervalu, Penneys, Dunnes and pharmacies nationwide.

Cera Ve Hydrating Cream-to-Foam Cleanser €13.50 from pharmacies nationwide

Cera Ve Hydrating Cream-to-Foam Cleanser €13.50 from pharmacies nationwide

Seoulista Beauty Magic Cleanse €16.50 (set of 3) from pharmacies nationwide and seoulistabeauty.com- Irish

Seoulista Beauty Magic Cleanse €16.50 (set of 3) from pharmacies nationwide and seoulistabeauty.com- Irish

Nunaia Cleansing Ovals (set of 4) €20 from Kilkenny Stores and nunaia.com

Nunaia Cleansing Ovals (set of 4) €20 from Kilkenny Stores and nunaia.com

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Ruth Griffin by Taine King

In the last few years working as a beauty writer for Weekend, one major trend I've seen emerging in the skincare and beauty industries is an increased awareness of the effect all our skincare products are having on the environment. Sustainability has become more prevalent in every facet of our lives, and the personal-care sector is no different. A big producer of waste in our skincare regimes is single-use cotton pads and wipes.

If you've opted out of using wipes, perhaps you are more conscious of seeing the mountain of cotton pads filling up your waste basket? We can each use hundreds of these cotton pads per month, and unfortunately single-use, disposable cotton pads, which are biodegradable, are clogging up our landfill.


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