How to Be a More Ethical Beauty Junkie: Eco-Beauty Experts Tell All

Amanda Montell
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Isabella Behravan

Editor's note, June 2, 2017: In light of yesterday's shocking and incredibly disheartening news regarding the United States' withdrawal from the landmark Paris climate agreement, Team Byrdie wants to reemphasize its own commitment to protecting the planet as best we can. That's why today, we're highlighting our eco-friendly beauty content in an effort to illustrate that even seemingly small (and easy!) decisions can add up to a huge impact on our environment.

Are you a product junkie? Yep, so are we. When we buy beauty products, most of us probably have the same things in mind: the price of the product, the quality, the look of the packaging But how often do we stop to think about what we're leaving behind?

The beauty industry's impact on the environment is often surprisingly negative. It's responsible for producing thousands of tons of waste each year. (Just think about how many packages you open and discard every month.) Many companies test on animals and aren't completely transparent about how and where their ingredients are sourced. In other words, our product addictions have consequences. 

But we aren't totally helpless against the system. There are steps we can take to make our beauty habits more ethical, less wasteful, and overall better for the planet. To find out what these steps are, we consulted four specialists in the field of eco-beauty. To learn seven easy ways to make your beauty addiction more ethical, keep scrolling!

This post was originally published on June 3, 2016.

Next up, read how one editor transitioned to a natural beauty routine

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