There are many things we do in our daily hygiene practices that can be harmful to the environment. Take shaving for example. In the United States alone, the practice of shaving fills landfills with over 2 billion disposable razors a year. That doesn’t take into account the environmental costs of manufacturing the razors or shipping them all over the world. Shaving is something we do on a daily basis, but what about tattoos? What impact do your tattoos have on the planet? What about laser tattoo removal? In honor of Earth Day, which was held on Sunday, April 22, we would like to explore whether or not tattooing and laser tattoo removal are considered environmentally friendly processes.
Let’s start with tattooing. Traditional tattooing is not really an eco-friendly process. The largest issue would be the ink itself. Tattoo ink is made up of two parts, a carrier and a pigment. The pigment is usually a toxic substance that one would see at an industrial printing company or in automobile paint. Pigments have also been known to contain many other heavy metals, which are toxic to the body. Read our full post about tattoo ink here.
The aftercare process with tattooing is also harmful to the environment. Many of the products used contain animal products or petroleum. Materials used in the tattoo process are often disposable and create excess waste, such as bandages, wipes, soaps and disposable razors. There are some soaps and aftercare lotions that you can use to lessen your impact on the environment and make tattooing a little more eco-friendly.
Laser tattoo removal, on the other hand, is a little better in terms of the impact on your body and on the environment. Old methods of laser tattoo removal used tetrafluoroethane to keep the skin cool while the lasers broke up the ink pigment. Tetrafluroethane is very toxic chemical that had a lasting impact on the environment. At Remove a Tattoo – laser tattoo removal clinic, we use a cold air machine to cool the skin and ice packs after treatment. This is a safe and nontoxic option.
There is also minimal waste with laser tattoo removal. Unlike tattoos, which require changing bandages for days, laser tattoo removal only uses one bandage. There are no lotions or gels that are applied on the skin while the tattoo is healing. If you are in need of something to help with itching or the healing process, we do suggest using an aloe vera leaf chilled in the refrigerator – something that is completely natural!
Is laser tattoo removal things that are environmentally friendly? While it is not the worst thing you can to the planet, there are some things that you can do to minimize your impact on the environment. Any concerns or questions about the products used during laser tattoo removal can be discussed during your free consultation. Give us a call today at 414-617-2849 or request a consultation here to get started on your laser tattoo removal journey.