28 October 2019
New York Media
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New York, NY 10013
To the Editors:
I am a longtime reader of Rio Viera-Newton’s beauty review and recommendation articles, and I enjoy them immensely. I especially respect Ms. Viera-Newton’s recent commitment to featuring only cruelty-free products and appreciate that New York Magazine allows her to curate recommendations in a way that aligns with her values.
With that in mind, I hope that Ms. Viera-Newton and New York Magazine will establish a commitment to another value: reducing plastic and promoting eco-friendly beauty products and packaging. According to National Geographic, nearly 70% of the waste from the beauty industry’s 25-billion-dollar packaging industry ends up in landfills. Six of the eleven products in Ms. Viera-Newton’s recent “The 11 Products I’ve Bought Over and Over Again” article were packaged primarily in plastic.
Because Ms. Viera-Newton has such significant influence on consumers, I opened her Oct. 18 article (“These Picks Turned Me, a Non-Flosser, Into Someone Who Flosses Four Times a Day”) with some trepidation, considering how much floss picks contribute to America’s enormous issue with single-use plastic. I was pleased to see that the picks and their packaging were biodegradable. I hope that Ms. Viera-Newton continues to be more mindful of her product recommendations’ environmental impact, and that she works on finding sustainable replacements for plastic-heavy products, just as she has with former favorites that test on animals.