The beauty industry creates tons of plastic waste each year with packaging that can take up to a thousand years to break down. Some brands are taking a green step forward by going package-free or introducing innovative ways to combat the issue.
Green Beauty expert Michelle Bilodeau came on the show to highlight some of her favourite minimal waste beauty products. Check them out below.
Beauty products that are good for you and the environment
THE BODY SHOP DROPS OF YOUTH SHEET MASKWe all love a good sheet mask, but unfortunately, most sheet masks are not biodegradable. The Body Shop’s Drops of Youth sheet mask is not only recyclable and 100% environmentally-friendly, but its ingredients are also 99% all-natural. Containing edelweiss, sea holly plant stem cells, and community trade babassu oil from Brazil, you can take care of your facial needs while taking care of the environment at the same time.
Available at The Body Shop
EVIO BEAUTY BLACK MASCARAEvio Beauty is a brand that aims to provide an authentic, unapologetic approach to conscious beauty by using clean and natural ingredients. With its recent rebrand, Evio’s packaging now contains 45% recyclable hemp, and by 2021, the brand plans to reduce its plastic packaging across all products by 45%.
Available at Evio Beauty. Pair it with their Moisturizing Primer for the best results.
BOOSH LIPSTICKThese lightweight lipsticks by Boosh are gluten-free, chemical-free, and contain only 10 ingredients. This mineral-based product acts as a lip stain that helps nourish lips for long-lasting hydration. And, the best part? This product is 100% plastic-free and is packaged in a recyclable tin bullet container. Choose from Boosh’s 12 shades for the perfect spring look!
Available at Boosh
BUCK NAKED SOAP COMPANY HIMALAYAN SALT SOAPWhile soap is a necessity for every shower, most soap products result in lots of plastic waste after use. Combat this issue by purchasing bar soaps, which are 100% waste-free! Buck Naked’s Himalayan Salt Soap is not only environmentally-friendly with its minimal and recyclable packing, but it also helps maintain the skin’s natural moisture balance while cleaning and washing away impurities.
Available at Buck Naked Soap Company
Product from our segment courtesy of Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris
CARDEA AUSET'S SEA MINERAL SOAKCardea AuSet is an organic wellness brand originating from the Niagara region of Ontario. Their bath soak product is packaged in a clear, glass bottle with a tin lid, so not only is this product recyclable, but it is also reusable. This detoxifying soak contains Dead Sea salt, Himalayan salt and rose petals, which are full of minerals that help relieve anxiety and stress while nourishing the skin.
Available at Cardea AuSet
UNWRAPPED LIFE WANDERLUST SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER BARSUnwrapped Life is a Canadian brand that makes soaps, shampoo, and conditioner bars without any use of plastic packaging. The brand recently launched a baby product line called “Womb,” which includes lavender and chamomile scented sea salt soap, as well as a moisturizing shampoo bar for all of your baby’s needs.
Available at Unwrapped Life
Sanctum Men's Shave GelSanctum is an environmentally-friendly brand for men. This shaving gel is not only organic certified with ingredients like aloe vera leaf juice, jojoba oil, and cedarwood bark oil, but Sanctum’s plastic packaging also contains an enzyme that guarantees its breakdown within five years at a landfill.
Available at Well.ca
WELL KEPT SAFETY RAZOR IN DUSTY ROSEIt’s estimated that about 2 billion plastic razors are thrown out in the U.S. each year. Well Kept is a Vancouver-based brand that has created these sleek, safety razors for women with the goal of encouraging sustainable grooming. Instead of throwing out the entire product when the blade becomes dull, this razor requires only a one-time investment for the handle and costs $0.70 for each replacement blade. This razor can last you a lifetime!
Available at Well Kept