According to National Geographic, the amount of plastic packaging on U.S. products has increased by over 120 times since 1960 with almost 70 percent of that waste piling up in landfills.
To be fair, that number does include more than single-use personal care items, but it also offers a sobering insight into how much plastic we use as a society.
What’s more, Nat Geo claims that globally, the packaging industry for beauty and personal care products makes up nearly $25 billion in sales.
That’s why many big-name brands have started phasing out single-use plastics like shampoo bottles or cotton pads.
And now there are even more options than ever before — check out these sustainable beauty brands that getting rid of single-use plastic!
Ethique’s range of shampoo bars is impressive, with equally flirty names (Pinkalicious, for starters). Each bar arrives on your doorstep in a cardboard container. Place the bar in your bathroom, and recycle or compost the packaging. Their new sustainable lip balm is worth a gander, too.
I love the lotion bars from Lush, a UK-based beauty company. Don’t even get me started on the solid soap…the Honey I Washed The Kids is a cult fave for a reason. For jetting around town, though, I use the brand’s wash cards – little slivers of scented soap that you can carry in your wallet without fear of getting your handbag all gloopy.
I have their famed lip tint and you can pry it from my cold, dead hands. The tint comes in a handful of cute colors, but the too-pretty-to-leave-in-the-bathroom-drawer refillable compact keeps packaging on a necessity-only basis.
What’s more, the brand’s entire Red Line comes to you with a 100% recyclable, compostable, and refillable guarantee.
The baby powder from Rainwater Botanicals, made with chamomile and slippery elm, comes in a fully compostable container and cute, homespun labeling. And I’m seriously considering the pumpkin masque, which looks like homemade pie filling — a compliment, I promise.
Are you more likely to buy from sustainable beauty brands that are cutting back on waste? Let us know in the comments!
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