Kick Plastic to the Curb with These 12 Sustainably Packaged Beauty Products

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Virtually every single piece of plastic ever made is still on this earth, and by 2050, we’re on track to have more plastic in our oceans than fish. That’s a pretty awful thought, isn’t it? But the good news is that many beauty brands are taking a stand against the issue and creating beautiful, plastic-free (or entirely recyclable) packaging. Want to help make a difference? Start with these 12 of our favorite sustainable beauty products.

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vapour siren lipstick

Vapour Siren Lipstick

Not only is the actual product organic and clean, but the packaging is also recyclable and made of recycled materials. Plus, everything is created with renewable energy, making the brand’s environmental footprint even smaller.

Buy It ($25)

farmaesthetics lotion

Farmaesthetics Nourishing Lavender Milk

Made with 100 percent natural, certified organic ingredients, Farmaesthetics bottles all of its products in recyclable glass containers.

Buy It ($39)

kevin murphy body mass

Kevin Murphy Body Mass Leave In Plumping Treatment

The bottles are made of plastic, yes, but the angular design of Kevin Murphy’s products isn’t just for show—it’s so that they can use less plastic than conventional bottles. Even better, the brand is pledging to switch its packaging to be 100 percent made from recycled ocean materials by mid-2019, which will save the planet over 360 tons of new plastic each year. Slow clap.

ilia serum foundation

Ilia True Skin Serum Foundation

Housed in a recyclable glass bottle, Ilia’s serum foundation is cruelty-free, vegan and gluten-free, so you can feel good about what you’re putting on your skin (and in your garbage bins).

herbivore moonfruit

Herbivore Botanicals Moon Fruit Superfruit Night Treatment

Here’s another brand that uses nearly all recyclable glass packaging. The label is meant to peel off easily, so you can remove it before tossing everything. Or just keep the pretty jar and use it for storage.

neal s yard white tea mist

Neal’s Yard Remedies White Tea Facial Mist

This brand pledges to keep plastic out of our oceans by using plastic bottles made of 100 percent recycled materials and glass bottles that are entirely recyclable, too. By 2025, all of its packaging will be recyclable, compostable or reusable.

Buy It ($22)

earth tu face

Earth Tu Face Organic Multipurpose Skin Hydrating Stick

Use this all-natural, all-purpose stick on your lips, face or body. And rest easy knowing it’s packaged without any plastic at all.

kjaer weis cream blush

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush

A leader in sustainability practices, Kjaer Weis uses an intelligent refill system to cut down on packaging waste. You can buy the full product once and then refill the metal container when you run out rather than buying a new fully packaged product every time. Genius.

Buy It ($56)

indie lee brightening cleanser

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser

This might just be the best-smelling cleanser ever thanks to strawberry seed oil. But what’s really impressive is its signature recyclable and reusable glass bottle. Plus, the foldable cartons that the products are sold in are printed on Forest Stewardship Council paper, which promotes responsible management of the world’s forests.

tata harper eye cream

Tata Harper Restorative Eye Creme

In addition to being made with farm-fresh ingredients, the majority of Tata Harper products are packaged in glass and made to be highly recyclable. What little plastic is used is made with corn (instead of petroleum), meaning it comes from a renewable resource.

lush sleepy lotion

Lush Sleepy Hand And Body Lotion

Lush offers 35 percent of its products without any packaging whatsoever. But when packaging is necessary, the brand uses recycled and recyclable paper packaging.

Buy It ($33)

rms living luminizer

Rms Beauty Living Luminizer

We love this brand’s highlighters and cheek colors, but we especially love that they’re packaging is 100 percent biodegradable, recyclable or reusable.

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Brianna Lapolla formerly held the role of Senior Commerce Editor at PureWow covering all things shopping across beauty, fashion, and lifestyle. Now, she's putting her 12 years of...