Eco-friendly beauty isn’t supposed to be difficult. Why is it so hard to tell which brands are sustainable and which aren’t? Come-on, it’s current year already. Time to put down animal-tested beauty palettes and shampoos laden with palm-oil. Here are five eco-friendly beauty brands that are actively trying not to rise sea-levels.
1. Dr. Hauschka
Dr. Hauschka spent over fifty years perfecting and revolutionising its product range. It offers eco-friendly beauty products across face and body skincare, as well as make-up. In recent years it has won awards in the Beauty Shortlist and the Beauty Bible. Ecologically, Dr. Hauschka has been at the forefront of cosmetic companies accounting for their waste. Dr. Hauschka uses sustainable energy to power their factories and offices. Their products are free from synthetic materials. Even better, the natural ingredients they use are fair-trade, meaning they are sourced without child or forced labour. Dr. Hauschka doesn’t use microplastics either, so you don’t have to worry about sea-turtles choking on facial-scrub beads while you make sure your eyebrows are on fleek.
Weleda is an eco-friendly beauty brand passionate about the future. Established in 1921, the skincare brand focuses on face and body products, but also has a range targeted to the unique skin issues experienced by pregnant mothers, and a child skincare range. In order to preserve the planet for the next generations, Weleda has worked to minimise its carbon emissions, and refuses to test on animals. It won’t purchase supplies from companies that do. Instead, Weleda has chosen biodegradable ingredients from renewable sources. This eco-friendly brand does all it can to make the world better for future generations.
Self is an eco-friendly brand obsessed with natural materials, from macadamias to mandarins. The supplies are all biodegradable and come from renewable sources. They take pride in avoiding all things artificial and toxic, such as parabens. They refuse to use gold and mica in their skincare line, as it is often the case that these minerals are mined with forced labour. Self’s range is entirely vegan, and doesn’t test on animals. Self even challenges themselves to become even more green, with a goal in place to reduce its carbon emissions by twenty percent in the next five years. If that isn’t enough to convince you to make the switch, Self’s skincare range is recommended by the Beauty Award for how well they cater to different skin types and problems.
Logona has committed to reducing its water intake, waste output, and carbon emissions. In the space of two years, the eco-friendly beauty brand was able to reduce its carbon foot print by just under twenty percent, with the help of renewable energy sources. Their water footprint shrunk by twenty-two percent at the same time. Logona tackles its waste problem through an environmental management system, and annually publishes the findings. Logona’s environmental awareness results in their company becoming more efficient and increasing in quality. Customers can buy makeup, skincare and haircare with a lighter conscious, as they aren’t tested on animals.
Zao is a vegan and gluten-free make-up brand that is completely cruelty-free. They are committed to creating products filled with natural ingredients. Their suppliers use organic farming practices, that ensure soil and groundwater aren’t poisoned by toxic pesticides. By using Zao’s products, you’re not only keeping animals out of the lab, but also protecting biodiversity in the great outdoors. Lastly, their packaging is made from fair-trade bamboo, which is more sustainably-grown than other timbers. Said packaging is also refillable, so you can reduce waste and get more bang for your buck.
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