The beauty industry is a big contributor to pollution. Every year beauty companies produces 120 billion units of packaging globally, and according to the CEO of Prose, 20 and 40 percent of beauty products (depending on the category) end up being thrown out. Compare the Market Australia gathered the data on the world’s biggest plastic offender. China has the first spot with over 169 million plastic waste produced every day, followed closely by the U.S (109.96m) and the third spot goes to Germany (40.31m). The US Environmental Protection Agency reported that less than 10% of plastic gets recycled and the average person consumes 40 pounds of plastic in their lifetime. Needless to say plastics is a big problem. The solution? As a consumer you can only do so much but you do have buying power. Choose personalized skincare that you know is effective and you use to the last drop. Another great option is shopping at zero waste businesses, and learning to get in the habit of refilling your products. Always read up on brand philosophy and transparency before you buy. Lastly, help put pressure on the government with your VOTE. Accountability matters!
To celebrate Mother Earth, we give you some of our favorite eco brands. These brands are on a mission to improve the industry and were built with the environment in mind.
Bite started out with oral care. Founder, Lindsay McCormick, wanted to correct the plastic problem in commercial toothpastes and decided to make her own. The Bite line of products expanded to body balms and deodorants. We cannot wait to see what they come up with next. Appealing to both men and women, Bite’s deodorant packaging is likely the most attractive on the market right now. We know the outside is 100% plastic-free, but what about the inside? All three scents are baking soda-free, aluminum-free, palm oil and palm oil derivative-free, and contain safe synthetic fragrances. We are in love!
Anti-aging, but make it natural! Haoma combined the ancient wisdom of plants with modern science. Their beauty philosophy focuses on aging gracefully while slowing down the process naturally and with quality ingredients in mind. While searching for the highest quality ingredients the brand considers the environment by ensuring their supplies use organic farming practices. Haoma further loves the planet with their recycling program, and reforestation partner, Trees.org. Trees For The Future has planted 250,000 million trees since 1989, and when you purchase from Haoma, you can be a part of that. We love their aluminum tubes. Try the clarifying Earth Mask for breakouts or when your skin needs a refresher.
Bathing Culture speaks to our soul! Their philosophy on getting clean could not be more straight forward, yet it speaks volumes with style and environmentally friendly practices. Working and manufacturing in the US, the founders continue to make innovative improvements on packaging. When you fall in love with a product you have the option to get a larger refill, never having to get rid of the original bottle. The Outer Being Face & Body Oil is a great example, and because it is a multitasker you can save on having to buy other products. The oil was designed to give reprieve from the harsh elements of the salty Pacific and windy Sierra peaks, reducing inflammation, locking in moisture and even soothing acne-prone skin.
Keep your routine, but ditch the plastic! Attitude is a Canadian company that truly has all the personal care products you could ever need. Not only are they natural, hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, their ingredients are EWG Verified. From bar shampoos to biodegradable baby diapers, this brand teaches their consumer that there is a better way to shop. We love their shampoo and conditioner bars. The hydrating bars leave your hair shiny and soft, proving that quality has no need for a plastic bottle. Solid beauty bars are one of the best ways to get on a path towards being environmentally conscious.
Demystifying skincare with Typology. Typology figured out a way to be stylish, environmentally friendly, and make skincare products you want to use. For example, their recyclable flat shaped bottles help reduce the carbon footprint by optimizing shipping volume. The amber color of the glass vials also protects the serums from light. With founder Ning Li at the helm, this brand continues to innovate and improve the way they present packaging to the consumer. The French skincare brand offers gentle peels, toners, eye products, and more. For glowing skin we recommend the Plumping Serum and Gentle Peeling Serum. The website helps you figure out the right product for you with a diagnostic test.
The Earthing Co.
Ditch the waste! The Earthing Co. is truly plastic-free and teaches its customer that daily routines don’t require waste. The soft Bamboo Cotton Rounds are a great example of a way you can reduce waste, which in turn saves you money. When you are done using them, simply throw them in the washing machine in the provided mesh bag. We love The Earthing starter kit, (which includes a bar of shampoo, conditioner, soap, soap dish, and a soap saver bag), as a way to get started on your sustainable journey. The brand prides itself on its transparency and partnerships with The Plastic Ocean Project, Re:wild and Global Greengrants Fund.