Global Statistics – Cosmetic Waste

Body care products and Cosmetics are used in massive quantities. Their frequent usage caused them to get back into the environment in similar proportions. There are many products that are preservative in nature and have bio-accumulation potential. This means a hazard to the ecosystem as a whole.

Throwing old, unused cosmetics into the dust bin is not a good idea to dispose of them. Cosmetics contain chemicals that pollute the land and water surrounding the landfills just like any other toxic waste.

You might be of the opinion that you buy products that are fairly harmless and recycle them properly, you are more than likely wrong. Harmful chemicals are found in makeup and body care products, like microbeads that are put in the popular face scrubs. Our carbon footprint is far larger than we think it is.

  The global cosmetic products market is estimated to be valued at US$ 69 billion in the year 2025, growing at a CAGR of 5.2% in the period 2019 to 2025. The average adult uses nine personal care products every day, according to the Environmental Working Group, an American organisation researching and advocating around toxic chemicals, amounting to 126 unique chemical ingredients in leave-on and rinse-off products including face and body washes, shower gels, cleansers, moisturisers, deodorants… and that’s before we mention makeup. 

Women waste an average of 5,846 beauty products in their lifetimes, amounting to £180,000, and use just 10 per cent (649) of the beauty items they buy, according to the research by Vaseline. The research reveals that 77 per cent of women use less than 10 items regularly, despite buying up to 100 in a year.

A recent survey of 4,000 women commissioned by Poshly and Stowaway Cosmetics found that the average woman owns a whopping 40 makeup products, uses around 16 per day.

 Just imagine the impact that we are creating on the environment by our seemingly small, negligible actions. All this toxic waste from the improper disposal of cosmetics end up at the landfill’s soil, after polluting the land and killing beneficial microbes, seeps in to pollute underground water, then makes its way to any nearby water reserves, if entered in a river or canal, the seawater becomes its final destination, making the beautiful marine life its prey. 

We would like to invite the world to join me in this mission and work together to make mother earth a better place for the upcoming generation.