April 22, 2022 marks Earth Day, the movement that addresses the climate crisis and how we can better look after the environment.
Whether it’s a commitment to reducing plastics, ditching animal-derived ingredients or giving back to the planet, there are many ways that the beauty industry can clean up its carbon footprint.
Here are the beauty brands that are already making a difference – switch up your beauty regime with the following planet friendly beauty buys to be part of the change.
In a huge leap towards absolute transparency and sustainable practices, the newly revamped candle collection from Miller Harris, with six beautiful and eco-friendly scents features a bold new look and more sustainable packaging and ingredients. TEA, Notes: Bergamot – Birch tar – Green tea. ROSE, Notes: Turkish rose absolute – Blackcurrant – Cashmere musk. TABAC, Notes: Tobacco leaf – Patchouli – Cascarilla oil. SANTAL, Notes: Sandalwood – Pink Pepper – Olibanum. MANDARIN, Notes: Mandarin – Geranium – Herby marjoram. FIGUE, Notes: Fig – Galbanum – Cedarwood.All candles are £50 each available now from www.millerharris.com
FAITH IN NATURE
Ahead of the sustainability curve since the very beginning, a pioneer in clean, green beauty for 47 years; Faith In Nature is the 99% natural range that believes in harnessing the power of nature without harming it in the process. Swap bottle for bar for a zero-plastic hair regime – The average adult washes their hair 3 times per week, meaning their regular 400ml bottle of shampoo will last a family of 4 around 4 weeks. By swapping from a bottle to a zero-plastic bar, giving you the same number of washes, you are reducing your plastic consumption completely, and to top it off use a Faith in Nature Conditioner Bar for a completely plastic free haircare routine. Try Shea & Argan Shampoo Bar (£5.79) and Shea & Argan Conditioner Bar (£6.99) to be kind to the planet and your hair Available from www.faithinnature.co.uk
FAACE provides effective solutions to the most common skin problems, from hormonal spots to dehydrated complexions, with face masks that are completely vegan and packaged in recyclable packaging. The brand uses bottles made from 60% post-consumer recycled plastic. Newest launches include: Faace mini heroes – £10 each (30ml)The three cult favourite masks from Faace; Period, Tired and Sweaty, in a 30ml size. Perfect for trialling, travel and popping in your gym bag – also who doesn’t love a mini? Like a sheet mask without the sheet, for anything life throws at you.Available from wearefaace.com
Tisserand Aromatherapy have dedicated years of work to perfecting the art of wellness. Tisserand always use PCR (post-consumer recycled plastic), to ensure they are using up some of the plastic that exists on the planet already. Not only this, all of the paper-based packaging is fully recyclable, making it easier for you to recycle your packaging in the right way. Newest launches include four new Hand Creams in the Nature’s Spa collection with moisturising Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E-rich Sunflower Seed Oil to help condition the skin and nails, leaving hands feeling refreshed and smooth.
Nature’s Spa Hand Cream – £12 (75ml) and available from www.tisserand.com
WILD SCIENCE LAB
Wild Science Lab create 100% vegan hair and skin care products that really work, from scalp soothing shampoos to vitamin-c enriched brightening serum. All packaging is responsibly sourced, renewable and recyclable to ensure a sustainable natural footprint retaining functionality, elegance and conscience. Discover the newest additions to their Root + Fruit skincare collection, all designed to harness the potency of natural ingredients alongside delivering visible results. Each product is created to work on its own or together as part of an intensive brightening, boosting daily skincare routine. Prices from £30 / Available from www.wildsciencelab.com
Making transparent and sustainable choices is at the heart of Peep Club. 100% of packaging is reusable and/or recyclable and products use only PET plastic or aluminium (which is infinitely recyclable – in fact, 75% of aluminium ever made is still in use today, due to its recyclability). The Peep Club Eye Wand doesn’t use batteries specifically because they’re tough to recycle and the brand uses minimal external paper packaging to reduce unnecessary waste. The newest launch includes the NEW Peep Club Hydrating Portable Humidifier – £55 . The perfect addition to your bedside table, home office or back-to-work desk; the Peep Club bottle-shaped humidifier is designed to help keep your eyes hydrated whether they’re open or closed.Available from www.peepclub.co.uk
New to the health and wellness arena, Manifesto promise to provide powerful sources of nutrition in a sustainable manner. They support weakened hair, skin and nails, improve skin elasticity and texture, promote collagen formation, and provide cell protection from pollution – all while putting the planet first. The cherry flavoured gummies are presented in 100% compostable, plastic-free sachets made from sustainably grown eucalyptus. Plus, these sustainable sachets are housed inside zero waste tins made from aluminium that are 100% reusable and recyclable. As well as an eco-friendly exterior, the supplements contain carefully considered ingredients that are sustainably sourced. Available from www.manifesto-nutrition.com
On a quest to redefine beauty and make sustainability stylish, easy and affordable, fiils offers a range of bathroom essentials which are 100% cruelty-free, with no added parabens, sulphate, or fragrance – just natural goodness, without compromising on quality. Harnessing the power of nature, Fiils only uses ingredients known for their effectiveness to transform hair and skin. The potent essential oils used in Fiils formulas are sustainably sourced and expertly hand blended to give you the best hair and skin yet, whilst helping you to do your bit for the planet. With Fiils you can stock up on a range of shampoo, conditioner, body wash and hand wash that all come in a convenient, low-waste and no mess pouch, and can be easily decanted into the brand’s signature aluminium refillable bottles. The bonus? Fiils will recycle your empties for free! Newest additions include Lemongrass Conditioner, Coconut Shampoo and Coconut Hand Wash. The fiils range starts from £6 and is available from fiils.co
Founded in 1997, Green People have been proudly ‘planet-friendly’ since the very beginning. Known as the ‘sensitive skin experts’, Green People are pioneers in the organic beauty and skincare market. Brand founder Charlotte Vøhtz joined the Soil Association committee in 1999, with the first standards for organic products launched in 2002 Today, the brand’s eco-friendly range of beauty and grooming products are made with up to 99% naturally nourishing organic ingredients, keeping environmental impact to a minimum. Through organic certification, the soil is protected for future generations and the brand can be certain that ingredients are responsibly sourced through honest and ethical farmers; just one example of Green People’s earth friendly credentials. Try One Balm – £21.00 (30ml), the ultimate multi-tasking balm and a beauty industry first. This zero-waste botanical balm is presented in a compact wood dust pot that degrades in soil after use, leaving no trace of microplastics behind. The journey to the jar starts in a sustainably grown forest where by-product sawdust is collected. This is then mixed with plant polymers and grass fibre to make a 100% biodegradable pot. This organic multi-purpose balm cocoons skin in a protective layer of nourishing plant actives that calm the skin, making it ideal for everything from shaving and double-cleansing to soothing dry patches.Available from www.greenpeople.co.uk
Fuss free, marine friendly Sunscreen
Famed for their certified organic award-winning skin and body products, Green People has been promoting the use of physical sunscreens over chemical for many years. Offering broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection, Green People’s organic sun care range avoids the use of harmful chemicals and is designed to protect even the most sensitive skin, as they are free from parabens, silicones and synthetic fragrance. Already one of only a few sun lotions worldwide that is reef safe and non-toxic to marine life, Green People’s award-winning products offer a natural and organic, easy wear formula which is kind to your skin and the planet. Available in both SPF 15 and 30, Green People’s award-winning range includes Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF 30, Organic Children’s Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF 30 and Sun Lotion SPF 15 with Tan Accelerator. Green People is proud to be working in partnership with The Marine Conservation Society, a UK charity dedicated to the protection of our seas, shores and wildlife. The MCS work tirelessly to raise awareness of the effects mainstream sun lotion has on aquatic life and campaign for cleaner seas, beaches and sustainable fisheries. A 30p donation from every Green People SPF30 Scent Free Sun Lotion and Organic Children SPF30 Sun Lotion sold is donated directly to The Marine Conservation Society.
Green People are one of the first global beauty brands to offer plant-based packaging made from sugar cane. Entirely recyclable, this packaging offers a sustainable alternative to petrochemical-sourced plastic packaging. For every kilo of sugar cane plastic produced, three kilos of CO2 is removed from the atmosphere.Many of Green People’s squeezy tube products are now packaged in this innovative material that is made from sustainable, renewable sugar cane plastic. To make it easy to know which products are packaged in sugar cane plastic, Green People have added a sugar cane logo to their product descriptions. Green People products are available from www.greenpeople.co.uk