As an individual the impact of your lip balm use will be small, but when multiplied by the billions of people that do the same and you have an issue.
The Petroleum Jelly used in many lip balms is a by-product of the petroleum process and using products from this process, if you pardon the pun, fuels the fossil fuel industry.
Petroleum has a negative environmental impact because it is toxic to almost all forms of life and its extraction contributes to climate change.
Did you know that it only takes 26 seconds for 80% of what you put on your skin to be absorbed into your bloodstream, completely bypassing the liver and Petroleum-based products are no different?
If that isn’t enough to think about, the plastic packaging that lip balms generally come in is often not recyclable as they are contaminated by the petroleum jelly and end up in landfills.
Plastic takes hundreds of years to break down and can break down into microplastics which contaminate waterways, oceans and the life in them.
Who would have thought that something as innocuous as lip balm could have such an environmental impact?