Looking for your next vegan and sustainable makeup brands?
Thankfully, vegan brands bloomed like mushrooms during the past 3 years making vegan/sustainable beauty available to everyone in the UK.
In fact, according to this report,the global vegan cosmetics market is set to reach $20.8 billion by 2025 – great to know the trend is going in the right direction!
One issue though: Finding vegan brands that are also truly Zero Waste Sustainable Makeup brand is tedious
You can spend literally hours researching which eco friendly makeup brands are not only good for you but also for the environment. Spending hours checking labels and scrolling webpage along the way.
That’s why we’re always on the lookout for the best brands that meet each of our sustainable beauty criteria.
BEFORE WE START… CONSIDER REUSABLE COTTON OR BAMBOO ROUNDS
Cotton pads or cotton balls are a makeup staple. We all use them. But, these little unassuming aids are not all that benign.
They are one of the major contributors to makeup waste. There are millions upon millions of these cotton pads tossed in the landfill every single month. But, it’s not just the waste generated it’s the environmental impact of growing cotton.
Pollution, soil degradation, water contamination are just some of the examples of the impact this crop has on the surrounding areas.
That’s why its super environmentally helpful to buy some reusable cotton rounds or reusable cotton pads. They’re easy to use and clean, they’ll last you an age and you’ll be saving on mountains of plastic packaging and single use waste!
You can pick up some beautiful options on Etsy too (including made from bamboo, cotton, hemp)
If you are considering compostable or biodegradable makeup wipes as another alternative be extra sure that they are indeed compostable and then actually compost them…
There’s a lot of marketing these days, and often when a product says it’s biodegradable or compostable it may just mean that on an industrial scale. I.e. it won’t just break down in your composter at home (or worm farm) or worse, it basically won’t break down at all.
…AND ECO FRIENDLY MAKEUP BRUSHES
Another important makeup tool is the trusty makeup brush.
While looking for eco friendly and sustainable makeup brands to support, why not make sure (next time you need one) you get an eco friendly makeup brush to boot?
I, (somewhat sadly) have an old set of makeup brushes that still work perfectly well so can’t quite justify getting a new set but wow, if I did, there is so much choice these days!
There are a fair few brands on the market now that make sustainable, plastic free and environmentally friendly options using renewable sources like bamboo. EcoTools, the Peta-certified brush company is a good example or check out Inika for vegan, cruelty free and organic brushes.