Makeup is one accessory that every woman wears, whether it’ll be just lip gloss once in a while or the whole shabang! It’s easy to extend your green life to a small item such as your makeup bag! Most people don’t know that there are brands out there that are good for you AND the environment. You can fight those age lines along with fighting animal testing! Just like you reuse your makeup brushes some makeup brands reuse plastic for their makeup cases. Now i’m going right to the sources so you don’t have to. Here are some of the brands that can help you help the environment, while also helping people in need:
Urban Decay has been around for about 15 years. They are known for their bold colors and alternative makeup choices. They have interesting color names such as “Rust” and “Acid Rain”. They are certified as cruelty-free by both PETA and CCIC (The Leaping Bunny Program). According to their site they “do not test our finished products on animals, nor do we allow others to test on our behalf”. They also have 100% Vegan products identifiable by a purple paw print. Another cool aspect about Urban Decay is that if they can make a their product 100% Vegan they will as long as they have the alternative product.
Aveda beauty products are a very green company. Not only are they organic and not use animal testing, but they also help the environment and the people in that environment. They are the first beauty company to use 100% certified wind power (from Blaine, MN). They also use up to 100% post-consumer recycled content and have established programs to promote sourcing GMO-free ingredients. Aveda also uses green processing such as steam distillation, instead of using chemicals (which harm the environment and people) to extract essential oils. As a Cultural Anthropologist Major I found it surprisingly good that they “represent ecological and cultural diversity by being sourced from different habitats all over the world” and “Provide fair compensation to suppliers”. This way their products don’t negatively impact the ecosystems they come from and are also biodegradable!
If you want to use a beauty brand who has gone above and beyond you would want to look into The Body Shop. In 1996 they started their anti animal testing campaign. They have never used animals as test dummies for their products. They’ve even won awards for it! They also use products from all around the globe and have 25 Community Fair Trade suppliers since 1987. They don’t buy from big companies, but instead supply good trading practices for small-scale farmers, traditional artisans, and rural co-ops that are experts in their field. They bring benefits to over 300,000 people! The Body Shop also raises awareness and funds for different organizations and donates to local partners. This is a company that wants to make a difference in everyone’s lives! They also are doing something very unique called Wood Positive. They are growing and preserving more wood than they are consuming, this is done by planting trees in two main spots: The Atlantic Rainforest of Brazil and The Southern Andes of Ecuador. They also have a similar drive to us the SouthCoast Energy Challenge! They are trying to reduce their electricity consumption, reduce CO2 emissions, minimize waste, and save water!
Mary Kay has been in operation for 50 years and for over 20 years Mary Kay has been working against animal testing. “Mary Kay became the first founding member of the International Outreach Consortium of the Institute for In Vitro Sciences, Inc. (IIVS)”. Mary Kay has many buildings around the world, thus has started working with China to create “Alternatives to Animal Experimentation for Cosmetics”. Mary Kay feels so strongly about it that they donate thousands of dollars to the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing at Johns Hopkins University. They have also sponsored workshops for non-animal testing alternatives in China. They also promote and implement sustainable operations through their recycling program. They recycle old products and even collect flip-top caps and color refill cases to be recycled. They also recycle their waste achieving the “zero-landfill status” for recycling an average of 30 tons of alcohol to be used as an additive in your gasoline! They use renewable materials that are 100% biodegradable. They reduced their energy consumption so much that they have enough to power 1000 homes for one year! They have also reduced their Carbon Footprint by 33% and water waste by 19%. They won awards for these feats. They have also “planted 200,000 trees in the Bitterroot National Forest in Montana and 100,000 trees in the Pike National Forest in Colorado with the U.S. Forest Service and the Arbor Day Foundation. Mary Kay China annually plants trees in Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Ningxia. In addition, employees from Mary Kay Russia, Mary Kay Mexico and Mary Kay Malaysia are involved with tree-planting programs”. Just so you know your money is going to even more good use Mary Kay donates money to various causes such as ending domestic violence and disasters such as the Haiti Earthquake and Hurricane Katrina. Not only does this company make a difference in the United States, but also in Canada, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Latin America and other places around the world.
Cargo’s Plant Love products are made out of 100% natural ingredients. They are made without parabens, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petro-chemicals, and phthalates. Their packaging is made purely out of corn (100%)! They are also ECOCERT endorsed meaning ”all product, process, and packaging meet the strictest standards for natural, organic, and environmentally friendly product”.
Juice Beauty uses antioxidant rich juice bases, which brings them up to be 98% organic. They avoid using harmful ingredients such as “parabens, petroleum, pesticides, propylene or butylene glycols, phthalates, sulphates, PEGs, TEA, DEA, GMO, silicones, artificial dyes and fragrances”. They meet two of the most difficult standards: “the USDA National Organic Program FOOD standard of 95% or greater organic content and the California Organic Products Act requiring a minimum of 70% total organic content (excluding water). Additionally, Juice Beauty has started the process of NSF (National Science Foundation) certification”. They buy their ingredients locally and only use recycled paper and ink that can be recycled again. They also don’t use animal testing. They give back to their community by donating “a percentage of all profits to the following charities: San Francisco Breast Cancer Fund; The Organic Center, Teens Turning Green; Conservation International and the documentary – Miss Representation.” An interesting aspects about their website is that they explain and inform the reader of all their ingredients and common misunderstandings about regulations, seals, and the like. If you don’t want their product I do suggest going to the site and at least looking at the knowledge they provide.
Jane Iredale products are certified cruelty-free by PETA. They conduct heavy metal tests on all of their products making sure there is no measurable amount in them. Instead they use titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are better for you. They use natural ingredients and eliminate environmental pollutants. They use chemical-free sunscreens as well. They don’t use parabens or phenoxyethanol in their products instead they use natural methods for preservation. They conduct tests with bacteria, yeast, and mold on their products to ensure it is safe for human health. They do this to avoid contamination because their preservation system has to be able to kill the organisms and have none detectable after 21 days. There are six products that are recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation because of their protection from the UVA and UVB rays. They don’t use dyes, but only micronized minerals. They also do not use “chemical preservatives, chemical dyes (usually labeled as FD&C), perfume, and alcohol”. Jane products also give back to their community by donating locally and support other organizations such as The Red Cross and Habitat for the Humanities and Construct.
I have provided you with 7 very eco friendly brands of makeup/ beauty. I went straight to the source on each of these brands’ websites so you don’t have to. I’ve provided you with the links to check them out and hopefully you find something you’ve been looking for! (everything in “” is straight from the companies website)