At Ultra Tee, we fly the flag for sustainable living, from clothing to cleaning, to everyday beauty, and when we can find a more environmentally-friendly alternative that suits our lifestyle, we love to talk about it and share our favourite products with the world. One of those areas is cosmetics.
It may seem hard to believe, but the average woman uses more than twelve different makeup products every day, and a large proportion of those are packaged with plastic. We all know that too much plastic waste is bad for the environment and our oceans, but what’s worse is that, even if we do recycle this makeup packaging, the vast majority contains resins that can’t be recycled, meaning our old blusher palettes and concealer tubs often end up in landfill.
And it’s not just packaging that’s bad for the environment. Exfoliating microbeads made the news a couple of years ago because of their damaging effects to marine life. They’ve since been banned in countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States, but they're still found in some personal care products that are shipped over from other nations. Preservatives such as BHA and BHT are also bad for the environment because they bioaccumulate and cause damage to aquatic organisms; siloxanes are also causing chemicals to enter our oceans.
If you want to make sure that your makeup kit isn’t harming the environment or animals, then you should consider switching to sustainable, vegan-friendly alternatives. We know that you don’t have the time to sit and read the labels of every beauty product you own, so we’ve rounded up our favourite cruelty-free vegan cosmetics companies for you to try out below!
By now it’s common knowledge that Lush offers organic, vegan-friendly cosmetics, and they’re one of our favourite choices when looking for new makeup products. One of their most popular lines is their Independent liquid eyeliner, which is available in a wide range of colours to match every outfit and occasion. The best part is that it’s full of natural ingredients, making it suitable for those with sensitive eyes and skin, and it’s packaged in a glass bottle which can be recycled.
Tropic Skincare says that they “love animals and care about their welfare, so we will never test on them or cause them distress by using derivatives such as lanolin, beeswax or honey”. It’s a bold statement, but it’s one that sets them apart from other cosmetics companies. “We believe that what you put on your skin should never be a mystery,” the company adds in their mission statement, before promising that they’ll list ingredients in plain English so that you always know what you’re putting on your skin. In a world of hard-to-read makeup packaging, it’s refreshing!
The French cosmetics brand LAMAZUNA is another firm favourite here at Ultra Tee and a company that we use when looking for eco-friendly cosmetics. Founded in 2010, the company offer a wide range of solid cosmetics which don't require preservatives or plastic bottles to be sold or transported when you're on your travels. One of the company's most innovative products is the Women’s Cup, which is an eco-friendly alternative to using tampons and sanitary napkins.
Cute Cosmetics, also known as CutECOsmetics, offers "cosmetics with a conscience". The site is an online marketplace full of hand-picked ethical products which are kind to the skin and allow you to keep up to date with the latest makeup trends, without causing harm to the environment. As well as stocking brands such as Lunatick Cosmetics Labs, Medusa Makeup, Espionage Cosmetics, Little Ondine, the company is on a constant mission to work with up-and-coming cosmetics companies that follow the same ethos and values as the founders and its users.
Where do you buy your vegan cosmetics? Let us know in the comments below, or send us a tweet on Twitter using @ultrateebrand, and we’ll feature the best in a future blog post!