Make a Change With These 8 Sustainable Beauty Brands
As we already know, there is no Planet B.
With the recent launch of our inaugural program “School of Sustainability” on HYPEBAE Radio, we’ve immersed ourselves in a search for the most inspiring leaders who are committed to sustainable practices. As the topic of responsible production and consumption comes to the forefront, we look to areas of day-to-day life that are affected. Unsurprisingly, sustainable beauty is a topic that often comes up in discussion within our editorial team. Much like fashion, sustainability in beauty and skincare can be defined by many different factors. However, whether it’s in the way that the ingredients are sourced, or by the way that the packaging can be reused, one thing is for sure: change is coming for the beauty industry.
By using new technological developments, brands are creating more sustainable alternatives to disposable plastics and are discovering more optimal ways to source their ingredients. Regardless of whether the brand is shaking up the entire industry as a vanguard, or if they are simply making small changes that are accessible to consumers, it is clear that the beauty industry is experiencing a shift for the better. Read on to find out more about some of our favorite sustainable beauty brands.
This French beauty brand has largely been recognized as the “first luxury sustainable makeup brand.” CEO Nicolas Gerlier said in a statement: “La Bouge Rouge is the first cosmetic brand to avoid plastic on a global scale: from the production process to the design of its lipsticks and in the formula.” Apart from its beautifully colored lipstick colors, LBR is known for being entirely cruelty-free and vegan. Its entire product range is completely free of mico-plastics and animal fats (in fact, the brand removed beeswax from its formula earlier this year). In addition, each stunningly chic lipstick tube is crafted from vegetable-tanned leather and is refillable once you finish the product. Whether you’re already mindful of plastic consumption, or are looking to make a small change to your daily routine to reduce waste, La Bouche Rouge is an excellent brand to add to your beauty repertoire. You can head over to the brand’s website to learn more.
Although this is not a largely advertised fact, every single Aesop store in Hong Kong partakes in a recycle program. Not restricted solely to Aesop products, the Australian beauty brand accepts any emptied (and rinsed) plastic and glass cosmetic packaging. The materials are then collected and transferred for future recycling in partnership with HK Recycles. To find out more about the program, you can head over to Aesop’s website.
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Ritual’s Director of Innovations & Sustainability, Niki Schilling, is making it her mission to make personal wellbeing one and the same with environmental wellbeing. Only using ethically sourced ingredients, the brand makes sure that both environmental and social impacts are taken into consideration through the entirety of the sourcing process – this includes the safety and fair treatment of the workers involved. In addition, a healthy selection of products in the brand’s lineup are refillable. You can browse through the label’s entire product range on its website, which includes a sprawling range of items that spans from luxurious body scrubs to candles.
Perhaps best known for its cult-status Santal 33 scent, the NYC-based luxury fragrance brand founded by Eddie Roschi and Fabrice Penot has become one of the most ubiquitous perfume houses in the world. Apart from its instantly recognizable olfactory creations, Le Labo refillable service is one of the brand’s most sought-after feature by customers. For all the sentimental folk out there, you’ll be able to keep your personalized label with this eco-friendly choice, as well as enjoy a discount on the refill. You can browse through the full range of Le Labo products at its web store.
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Nicknamed as the “Hollywood Glow Girl,” Angela Caglia counts stars like Barbara Streisand and Minnie Driver as her clients. After establishing success as an A-list facialist, Caglia launched her eponymous skincare line two years ago. Known for her “No No List” of ingredients that are banned from her products, the label fervently practices clean beauty and is known for both the efficacy and thoughtfulness behind each skincare creation. Caglia herself believes in accountability in a holistic way that serves not only the consumer but also the planet – sustainability efforts are practiced at every step, from sourcing ingredients, designing packaging and selecting manufacturers. With this philosophy in mind, it’s evident why so many users look to the brand for luxurious yet ethical products. You can learn more about the brand via its website, and can also find out the proper way to use a jade roller according to Angela Caglia.
The thing that impressed me the most when I first learned about Tata Harper is the fact that all of its products are processed and formulated on the founder’s own farm and lab in Vermont via small batch productions. As a result, the brand is 100 percent natural and prioritizes freshness. For the beauty entrepreneur, skincare is about efficacy, quality and purity. Most of the packaging is also made of glass, which the brand encourages you to recycle. The minimal plastic resin that may be found in its packages are actually derived from corn, which means that it is in fact made from a renewable resource and not petroleum. All of this combined with the fact that its products yield proven results, it’s no wonder Tata Harper is at the forefront of clean, sustainable beauty. You can learn more about the brand’s philosophy at tataharperskincare.com.
We first discovered this brand through none other than Queer Eye‘s Jonthan Van Ness. As we began to dive deeper into Biossance’s mission however, it reaches far beyond sustainable beauty. In addition to creating effective products backed by science and sustainability, the company also operates in collaboration with non-profit organization Zagaya, which is committed to eradicating malaria in developing countries. When you support Biossance, you’re not only invested in quality skincare products, but also helping to create positive change in the world – all without harming the environment or animals. You can discover and join Biossance’s mission at its website.
One of my favorite things about Everyday is that it’s a very accessible brand – without breaking the bank, they produce wildly effective SPF products. Although they don’t really market themselves as sustainable, they’re a reef-friendly brand that uses recyclable plastic and FSC-certified paper for all of its packaging. For those who are looking to take that first step towards being more environmentally conscious, Everyday is a great place to start. Find out more at the brand’s website.