A lot of attention has been paid to what we put into our bodies, but what about what we put on our skin? Sustainable beauty products have been gaining a bigger following in recent years, with many new companies emerging in the green-beauty space.
These products aren’t just good for your complexion — they’re also healthier for the planet. They’re made without harmful chemicals, not tested on animals, organic, often packaged in recyclable containers and tend to be ethically sourced. Just as we care about the origin of our clothes and food, we can pay attention to the products we put on our bodies and think about the consequences they may have. Here are nine eco-minded brands to add to your beauty counter.
Burt’s Bees is both affordable and sustainable. Their formulas are 99 percent natural, they use post-consumer recycled packaging, and they’re dedicated to free trade and fair working conditions. They’re on their way to becoming more green by 2020 with initiatives that include transforming into a carbon-free company operating solely on renewable energy, avoiding waste in landfills, making their manufacturing facilities LEED-certified and creating honeybee forage sites that impact at least 10,000 acres.
Sustainability and ethical responsibility are at the heart of NUDE. They strictly avoid testing on animals and seek out ingredients that the body is capable of recognizing and metabolizing safely. Their palette is vegan and gluten-free, as well as free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic color or fragrance, mineral oil and silicones.
Cargo’s PlantLove collection is made with natural and organic ingredients, and their packaging also takes sustainability to another level — it’s made entirely out of corn!
Founded in Athens, Greece, this fiercely sustainable brand only uses biodegradable ingredients, recyclable packaging and uses especially eco-friendly manufacturing practices that include heating their facility using a steam generator instead of electrical heating. Pretty cool, huh?
While many companies rely on alcohol or petroleum, Juice Beauty’s products are made with juices packed with antioxidants. Most of their ingredients come from local, certified organic farms on the West Coast, and the company closely monitors and limits fuel waste, using solar power to manufacture many of their products. They’re strong believers in supporting their local community, as well as the ecosystem.
Founded by Emmy-nominated makeup artist JoAnn Fowler, her Sappho New Paradigm organic cosmetics line is known for its excellent foundation and concealer formulations, which are infused with phytonutrients and free of synthetic preservatives that are known or strongly suspected to be being carcinogens. The company believes in transparency of ingredients and ethical treatment of both humans and animals.
More than being products worthy of a supermodel, these Argan oil-infused products all come packaged in recyclable and biodegradable materials.
Fair trade, local, organic, biodynamic, vegan and cruelty-free are all part of Suki’s vision. This Massachusetts-based company also keeps their processing carbon output to the bare minimum.
A popular skin care brand beloved by many, Dr. Hauschka is also known for using eco-friendly methods to grow and source ingredients. “Decades before sustainability became a term for the conscientious long-term care of our planet, we were making farming, sourcing and manufacturing decisions based on responsible stewardship of the environment,” their website states.