As conscious consumers, we're always looking for ways to minimize our negative impact on the planet when we make purchases. The world of beauty is particularly troublesome for the environment, especially when it comes to its packaging and use of so much non-recyclable plastic. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to make your beauty routine more sustainable, including using makeup recycling programs and even upcycling empty products to suit your life.
The first step, of course, is choosing products with recyclable packaging. More and more beauty brands are finally cleaning up their acts to move away from harmful plastics and investing in eco-friendly materials. Below, we've highlighted nine sustainable beauty brands who've been getting it right from the start, plus their brand new products (featuring recyclable packaging) that are worth adding to your cart.
Most of the products in Tata Harper's sought-after skincare lineup is housed in recycled glass, making them not only a beautiful addition to your bathroom counter—but also recyclable. What little plastic the brand uses, such as the plastic resin in the tubes, is as eco-friendly as possible, derived from corn. Tata Harper's outer packaging is composed of 100% post-consumer materials or recycled paperboard. Furthermore, the brand uses soy-based ink for its labeling, an ideal choice for sustainable packaging.
Herbivore uses 100% recyclable glass bottles instead of plastic whenever possible. While after use, their jars and bottle can be tossed into the recycling bin, the brand encourages users to upcycle them in a variety of ways—from creating candle holders from their clay mask pots to using the Bath Salts bottle as an on-the-go beverage container.
Not only is Tatcha philanthropic (since 2014, they've had an ongoing partnership with Room to Read and the organization's Girls' Education program to provide education to girls across Asia and Africa), but it's also sustainable. The brand's gorgeous product packaging, designed in collaboration with a gold-leaf artisan in Japan, is recyclable.
Not only are RMS Beauty products revolutionizing the world of natural beauty with its nutrient-rich, healing formulations, but the brand dedicates the same attention and care to the planet that supplied its ingredients. RMS product packaging is minimal, recyclable, or reusable.
From its jars to bottles to sheet masks (yes, sheet masks), Primera's packaging is eco-friendly. Recyclable plastic and glass containers, soy-based ink, and forest-certified paper boxes are a handle of the materials making Primera a K-beauty favorite for your skin and the environment.
Not only are Kiehl's products recyclable, but they make it even easier (and more fun) for the consumer with the brand's Recycle and Be Rewarded program. Bring your empty Kiehl's products to the store and receive a stamp for each container. Once you earn ten stamps, you can choose a free travel-size product of your choice.
While most of Dermalogica's packaging is already sustainable, the brand has made the commitment to have 90% of its packable be recyclable or bio-degradable by the end of 2020. All of its paper and cartons are FSC certified to be sustainable for forests and its formulas are all manufactured in California, which has some of the world's strongest environmental protections.
With his brand Together Beauty, hairstylist Sam Brocato is using his aromatherapy background to develop clean, toxic-free formulas, and also housing them in sustainable packaging with recyclable bottles and jars.
There are a couple of reasons this celebrity-favorite CBD brand is helping to steer the beauty world in a new direction—the less obvious being its commitment to sustainability. Lord Jones boasts recyclable packaging for its balms and oils.
Now the next step: here's how to recycle beauty products.