Have you ever been thinking of the impact of beauty packages on the environment?!
The beauty industry is huge, as well as the waste left behind it.
Euromonitor reports that more than 120 billion units of packaging are produced every year by the global cosmetics industry. The cardboard that envelops perfumes, serums and moisturisers contributes to the loss of 18 million acres of forest each year. And if these numbers are still not shocking enough, there is another sad news:
Your daily beauty routine can have a negative impact on the environment because of the chemicals and other suspicious ingredients inside as well just like crushed beetles or boiled fat to fish scales that you can find in many common cosmetics.
Harmful ingredients can be easily masked under confusing or deceptive titles like “fragrance.” They may even be listed, plain and simple, on the label, but with no messages to inform consumers of their potentially harmful effects.
Every time you wash the makeup off your face, you are participating in a vast system of global environmental pollution.You are literally dumping ecologically toxic chemicals into the planet’s oceans and rivers.
But thankfully, there are little steps that you can take to make your beauty routine more environmentally-friendly!
A majority of our self-care routines is skincare and makeup. What you put on your face should nourish and protect you, so why not do the same for the planet while you’re at it?
When it comes to make-up, DIY is one of the best zero-waste solutions out there, but we understand that not everyone has the time to devote to making these things themselves.
That’s why we’ve found some sustainable make-up brands that offer products in reusable or compostable containers, so you can look good and feel even better about your impact on the environment.
Kjaer Weis is leading the movement with high-performing, luxury makeup that is, as everything should be, organic and sustainable. Kjaer Weis products are bold, beautiful and can be refilled again and again, without any guilt attached.
Their mission is to change the way people think about ingredients and products they put on their bodies. They want to create a safer, more sustainable, more ethical beauty industry.
The company is vegan and cruelty free. According to their website the also donate a percentage of their annual profits to partners like Orangutan Foundation International, PeTA, and other humane societies.
Antonym Cosmetics is a line of makeup that is gentle on the skin and the environment, yet offers exciting colors with strong pigmentation and gorgeous luminosity. Their entire makeup line is Ecocert certified. They call it gentle face fashion.
This brand is vegan and cruelty free. Their compact eye shadows, blushes, and brushes are packaged in bamboo. The outer packaging is made from FSC certified paper for the outer packaging.
Their goal is to creating a variety of clean and sustainable cosmetics to incorporate into your individual beauty ritual. They create safe effective beauty products using cruelty-free ingredients, ethical marketing and sustainable practices. Furthermore, they use bamboo as packaging and they offer refills.
RMS Beauty is dedicated to transforming the way women use makeup, and it’s about more than simply using organic ingredients.
All RMS Beauty products are free of harmful chemicals, synthetic preservatives, synthetic vitamins, and genetically modified ingredients (GMO) etc. RMS Beauty is full of healing nutrients that work synergistically with the skin, and are in harmony with nature and our environment.
Packaging for RMS Beauty products is minimal, recyclable or reusable and they don‘t test anything on animals!
They are carving out a new path in beauty, by balancing safety with product performance.
Ilia packages in recycled aluminum. They’re cruelty free and certified organic.
Eco Minerals have a range of makeup options including foundation, blush, bronzer and eye shadows. Currently they offer zero waste refills for their mineral foundation, Mineral bronzer and blush and their White Light Illuminate.
They also ship in biodegradable shipping bags, all packing and shipping is re-used or biodegradable, sample sachets are plastic free and they have minimal packing on all products.
Continuing a family legacy of herbalists and natural healers, Fat and the Moon founder Rachel Budde has built her company around providing handcrafted, herbal body care products to those seeking natural and effective alternatives to chemical-filled products.
Fat and the Moon offer a HUGE selection of eco friendly beauty and personal care products.
As for their sustainable make-up, or their “adornment” collection, they focus on lip and eye products, including various colors of “eye coal” and several tinted, lip/cheek stains and highlighter.
They believe that natural ingredients from the earth give us beautiful and healthy skin for life. That’s why everything they make is 100% natural and free from GMO’s, preservatives, alcohol and toxins.
Most of their products are available in a zero waste option and they ship in recycled and recyclable packaging with the least amount of packaging possible.
As you can see, there are more and more beauty products on the market made without harming our Planet but still the beauty industry wants us to believe we need all this synthetic junk to make ourselves pretty and presentable. Beauty is and should be all natural and it’s packaging should be circular, as much as possible. So, next time you’re putting on your makeup, pause and think about what it really means for life on our little blue planet!