6 Green Beauty Products to Enjoy Guilt-Free

By Patricia Serrano Chungsathaporn and Irene Spencer

While we are facing big challenges, such as climate change, we can still make small changes and better choices. Why don’t we start by choosing more carefully what we use and buy? As responsible global citizens, we all try to do what we can to help the environment. We recycle, we try to keep our daily waste production levels low, we even look for eco-friendly and ethical fashion. But it doesn’t stop there. What about eco-friendly beauty products and companies? Do you know what brands are truly making a difference and which products are worth using and switching to? Within the beauty industry sustainability does not only mean cruelty-free and vegan but making a long-term impact on the environment. With that in mind, we have compiled a few great products and companies that are increasingly working to decrease its carbon footprint and stop the vast amount of waste that stems from packaging and production.

Eco-Friendly Beauty Products and Brands

“I love the facial serum by Manaòs. It’s a facial oil made from all sorts of natural and organic plants from Brazil.” – Patricia Serrano Chungsathaporn (Protravel, New York, NY). Manaòs is passionate about the Amazon rainforest, which inspires the brand to craft skincare products and botanical scents using solely natural ingredients that are organically grown or wild-harvested and are sourced in a sustainable manner.

The Body Shop is a true eco-powerhouse. The brand’s objective is clear: everything it does causes no harm following the goal to allow our beautiful Earth planet and its society flourish. Have you tried its Shea Body Butter? You can find many beauty products here that will pamper your senses. You will also know that you help the world a little bit more when you switch from non-sustainable brands to The Body Shop or other green companies.

Axiology does not use palm oil or palm oil derivatives in any of its products. “Make sure you always look at the ingredients of your products and avoid anything that contains palm oil, since palm oil causes extensive deforestation and the extinction of endangered animals, such as orangutans.” – Irene Spencer (Protravel, San Diego, CA). Just like Irene Spencer, Axiology is committed to donating to and supporting the Orangutan Foundation International. Try out Axiology’s amazing and colorful luxury vegan lipsticks – you can be sure that all lipsticks are natural, organic and ethical.

Neal’s Yard Remedies is another company that creates great products in a sustainable and ethical way. All its blue glass and plastic bottles are 100 percent recyclable. But what is really impressive is that the company is the leader in sustainability and is marking its “10th anniversary of becoming the world’s first CarbonNeutral® high street retailer this year.” Have you ever tried Neal’s Yard Remedies’ Frankincense Intense Lift Serum? Teat yourself guilt-free.

Aveda strives to set an example for environmental leadership and responsibility and is devoted to incorporating environmental sustainability in all of its business decisions. Protecting biodiversity as an essential part of sustainability, so the brand addresses issues that threaten it, such as global climate change, water and air pollution, habitat destruction, waste generation, and toxins in the environment. Aveda has been committed to managing its impact on the environment by producing about 85% of its beauty products from 100% recycled materials. Add Aveda to your daily beauty routine and try their great haircare products, such as its Invati Advanced Exfoliating Shampoo or Invati Thickening Conditioner.

Weleda uses many raw materials for its products and ingredients come from organic or biodynamic farming or from a controlled wild collection whenever possible. The brand shows its environmental commitment by using sustainable packaging, implementing biodynamic practices wherever possible, treating resources with great respect and improving its process. In 2013 alone, 50% of its direct energy and 95% of its indirect energy came from renewable resources. Plus, more than 78% of the raw materials come from certified organic or biodynamic farming. If you are having troubles to wake up in the morning, try Weleda’s Awakening Eye Cream. It’s great!

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