It’s a fact – humans have a massive impact on this planet. Some of it is good, but a lot is bad. Just being here and feeding ourselves, moving around and living life takes a lot of energy and resources from the Earth.
It’s true that there are a lot of exaggerations and fake news out there, but we should be aware of the adverse effects we have on the environment either way. Basically, we need to do anything we can to start giving back.
Now, this is not meant to be a long dissertation on how to become a full-on vegan or a Greenpeace activist. But there are many ways we can give back to the planet, and it starts with some of our everyday choices.
Choices like the makeup brand you use do make a difference. Surveys show that the average woman owns 40-50 pieces of makeup at any given time. Add in all other beauty products like face wash, moisturizers, shampoos and it adds up to heaps over a lifetime.
You will be amazed to know that major brands like Estee Lauder and Clinique still test on animals. Choosing sustainable and cruelty-free products sends a message to these brands that it is no longer okay to continue this practice. This is something you can do to make a difference right away.
Here are some of the best sustainable beauty brands I have found.
Lush is on top of the list when it comes to sustainability. Their reusable packaging started the trend, and their new Naked Line is taking it one step further with no packaging.
Their products are all natural and biodegradable with no harmful chemicals. They have a wide range of yummy beauty items that are all cruelty-free and wonderful to use.
Love Beauty and Planet
This is a drug store brand that shows you don’t need a massive bank account to save the planet. Their affordable range is all recyclable and easy to find.
Their natural products are beneficial for your skin. There are no parabens or silicones on the ingredient lists. They take recycling seriously and have even ensured the glue used on their labels is easy to remove, making their packaging even easier to reuse.
Tata Harper uses only recyclable glass packaging. What little plastic they do use is derived from corn, not petroleum. Their beautiful glass bottles add class to your bathroom, and their products are full of natural ingredients.
The ingredients are all grown on the same farm in Vermont, ensuring certified-organic and 100% non-toxic.
This award-winning beauty brand has a wide range of mineral products. Their mineral makeup is made of 100% natural ingredients. There are no chemicals or parabens. It is specially made for sensitive and problematic skin using what nature gives us.
Barefaced Beauty is 100% Leaping Bunny approved and cruelty-free as well.
Rock Candy Beauty
Rock Candy is one of the forerunners in cruelty-free beauty products. They use not only sustainable packaging, but also sustainable ingredients.
Their 4k Nofilter Foundation, for example, uses Bamboo as one of their ingredients. Bamboo is great for your skin, as well as being one of the most sustainable plants. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-aging properties and strengthens your skin.
This brand was inspired by traditional herbal remedies. It utilizes herbal extracts and natural essential oils to create a unique line.
The majority of their ingredients are certified organic and contain no artificial fillers or additives. MuLondon offers a wide range of products for all skin types – combination, oily, aging, and sensitive.
This one is a little different. Using plant-based products and ingredients, this makeup brand creates a much gentler look. It applies fewer pigments than traditional makeup. All ingredients are natural. If you are going for a more natural look, then this is an excellent choice for you.
There are many more out there. You need to ask questions and choose with care. You can make a difference, and by getting your friends and family to pick too, you will help the movement.