It might surprise you to know that conventional nail polish can actually be considered as hazardous waste. It contains a number of not-so-healthy ingredients that can be flammable, toxic, and harmful in a number of ways, even if used correctly. Furthermore, when we are done with the polish and throw it out, releasing such chemicals into the environment and landfill has potentially harmful implications as well. But for those of you that love having your nails painted pretty colours, there are eco, vegan solutions at hand (excuse the pun).
Some of the most harmful ingredients in conventional, commercial nail polish are toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde resin, paraben, xylene, camphor, rosin, styrene and benzophenone. These ingredients all have the potential of causing respiratory problems, headaches, eye irritations, skin complaints, and even dizziness and vomiting.
Thankfully there is another eco friendly, ethical, vegan option.
Nowadays there are a number of eco-friendly, sustainable brands out there, offering natural, ethical, environmentally friendly, chemical free and vegan nail polishes without this list of ingredients. Instead of using these toxic ingredients, they have leveraged nature to use things like bamboo oil to create silica and potatoes, wheat, and corn to create agro-solvents instead of using harmful petrochemical solvents. For example, bamboo based silica, otherwise known as bamboo rhizome macerate is great for strengthening the nails and making them more resistant to wear and tear. Organic silica can also cure brittle nails, keeping you nails protected throughout the day!
When it comes to removing vegan nail polish, commercial removers can be just as harmful. Full of acetone and alcohol, these mixtures not only strip the polish from your nails but they also remove the natural oils that your nails need to be healthy. This dries them out, leading to discolouration, breaking, and splitting. By switching out your commercial nail polish remover for a eco nail polish remover that is an acetone free version, you can significantly improve the health of your nails and the surrounding skin.
Of course, no eco-friendly, sustainable, natural nail routine would be complete without the use of eco-friendly nail polish remover and bamboo, reusable nail polish remover pads. Many of us are guilty of using disposable cotton pads or wipes that end up in the rubbish and ultimately landfill. Instead you should consider using sustainable, reusable bamboo felt or reusable, natural cotton versions that lift the vegan nail polish from your nails and can then be washed and reused again and again.
These are just some of the steps you can take to make your vegan nail polish routine more eco-friendly, sustainable and environmentally friendly as well as more healthy for you and your nails.