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Sustainable beauty products: Eco-friendly buys that actually work

Red (UK) Logo By Sarah Ilston of Red (UK) | Slide 1 of 22: Long gone are the days when 'eco beauty' was a little, well, underwhelming, the sustainable beauty industry has never been so popular — and it's easier than ever to keep your bathroom looking chic whilst doing your bit for the planet.From refillable hand washes to solid shampoo bars and sustainable packaging, there's now a myriad of ways to reduce your carbon footprint, lessen your plastic use and feel good about looking good with these sustainable beauty products.What is sustainable beauty?Sustainable beauty means using products that use less or no plastic, shunning single-use packaging and finding ways to refill or recycle our products instead of throwing them in the bin — where they'll clog up landfills, disrupt marine life and take hundreds of years to decompose naturally. Thankfully, the beauty industry is doing the work to become greener, so there's plenty of simple natural beauty swaps you can make to make your bathroom a lot more more sustainable today.What are the best sustainable beauty brands? Natural ingredient-lover Lush has long been the reigning champion of the sustainable beauty industry — offering plastic-free, zero-waste packaging and leading the way in shampoo bars for years now, with supermarket-available brands like Garnier and Faith in Nature recently following suit.Hair heroes Aussie, Head and Shoulders, Pantene and Herbal Essences have all started offering significantly reduced-plastic refills to go alongside their aluminium refillable pump bottles — making bathroom switches impossibly simple, and Face Halo is our go-to reusable face pad to swap our dreaded non-compostable face wipes for (which take a staggering 100 years to decompose). And elsewhere, brands like REN are using materials collected from oceans, rivers, river banks and beaches to produce their Ocean Plastic bottles, Dove has included 100% recycled plastic bottles in its range since 2019 and over 85% of Aveda's skin and haircare products are made of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic. Plus, luxury retailers like Selfridges have launched initiatives like their Project Earth edit — directing you to luxury products that use less single-use plastic, offer refills and are made from recycled materials and ingredients; like the Dior lipstick refill below.Can I recycle my used beauty products anywhere?Cult online beauty site LOOKFANTASTIC recently launched their own recycling initiative, recycle:me by THG (eco) scheme, pledging to turn all the plastic packaging from returned products into environmentally-friendly items — at no extra cost to customers. You can also drop off your beauty empties from brands like Garnier, Maybelline, Kiehl's and L'Occitane at your local supermarket, thanks to recycling company TerraCycle, who's partnered up with big name brands to create specialised drop-off points. They also recently launched LOOP — a multi-brand shopping platform that delivers all your favourite products from brands like Nivea, REN, and Molton Brown to your door (after selecting from the website) in reusable, sustainable bags, collecting them back in the same bags once you've finished. Almost like the milkman of the beauty industry. With all these easy-to-use eco-friendly beauty products now readily available, there's no reason why your bathroom can't be as sustainable as your kitchen:

Long gone are the days when 'eco beauty' was a little, well, underwhelming, the sustainable beauty industry has never been so popular — and it's easier than ever to keep your bathroom looking chic whilst doing your bit for the planet.

From refillable hand washes to solid shampoo bars and sustainable packaging, there's now a myriad of ways to reduce your carbon footprint, lessen your plastic use and feel good about looking good with these sustainable beauty products.

What is sustainable beauty?

Sustainable beauty means using products that use less or no plastic, shunning single-use packaging and finding ways to refill or recycle our products instead of throwing them in the bin — where they'll clog up landfills, disrupt marine life and take hundreds of years to decompose naturally. Thankfully, the beauty industry is doing the work to become greener, so there's plenty of simple natural beauty swaps you can make to make your bathroom a lot more more sustainable today.

What are the best sustainable beauty brands?

Natural ingredient-lover Lush has long been the reigning champion of the sustainable beauty industry — offering plastic-free, zero-waste packaging and leading the way in shampoo bars for years now, with supermarket-available brands like Garnier and Faith in Nature recently following suit.

Hair heroes Aussie, Head and Shoulders, Pantene and Herbal Essences have all started offering significantly reduced-plastic refills to go alongside their aluminium refillable pump bottles — making bathroom switches impossibly simple, and Face Halo is our go-to reusable face pad to swap our dreaded non-compostable face wipes for (which take a staggering 100 years to decompose).

And elsewhere, brands like REN are using materials collected from oceans, rivers, river banks and beaches to produce their Ocean Plastic bottles, Dove has included 100% recycled plastic bottles in its range since 2019 and over 85% of Aveda's skin and haircare products are made of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic. Plus, luxury retailers like Selfridges have launched initiatives like their Project Earth edit — directing you to luxury products that use less single-use plastic, offer refills and are made from recycled materials and ingredients; like the Dior lipstick refill below.

Can I recycle my used beauty products anywhere?

Cult online beauty site LOOKFANTASTIC recently launched their own recycling initiative, recycle:me by THG (eco) scheme, pledging to turn all the plastic packaging from returned products into environmentally-friendly items — at no extra cost to customers.

You can also drop off your beauty empties from brands like Garnier, Maybelline, Kiehl's and L'Occitane at your local supermarket, thanks to recycling company TerraCycle, who's partnered up with big name brands to create specialised drop-off points. They also recently launched LOOP — a multi-brand shopping platform that delivers all your favourite products from brands like Nivea, REN, and Molton Brown to your door (after selecting from the website) in reusable, sustainable bags, collecting them back in the same bags once you've finished. Almost like the milkman of the beauty industry.

With all these easy-to-use eco-friendly beauty products now readily available, there's no reason why your bathroom can't be as sustainable as your kitchen:

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