Beauty products can make going waste-free a little tricky. Makeup and skincare products expire, so unless you use tons and tons of foundation each day, it's not necessarily something you can buy in bulk. We tend to go through smaller sizes of makeup more frequently, and a lot of cosmetic containers aren't recyclable.
Kathryn at Going Zero Waste put together this helpful list of makeup companies that use packaging that can be recycled or are made from recycled materials so they are zero-waste products in Zero Waste Makeup Brands.
A few hot tips before we get to the list:
First, if you live in a humid environment and/or don’t go through makeup very quickly, I would recommend skipping the bamboo packaged products since they can get moldy! You do NOT want to be putting products with invisible mold spores onto your skin.
Second, if you’re finished with your old mascara wands, you can put them to good use by sending them to Wands for Wildlife!
Third, let’s talk quickly about makeup remover. Usually, a regular old cotton washcloth and some coconut oil or face cleanser will do just fine! If you’re looking for a little something extra, these hemp and organic cotton makeup removal pads with this makeup remover is also a good option. And if you’re someone who’s constantly smearing things that need to be fixed with Q-tips, try a NakedSwab!
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