Socially (And Earth Friendly) Responsible Beauty
April is Earth Month, and unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re well aware that our planet is currently facing some obstacles due to a number of factors – some that we don’t have a lot of control over, and some that we do. As a mom, and as a caring and responsible human, I am making more conscientious decisions in all aspects of my lifestyle, even my beauty routine. Many new companies, and even beauty companies, are more socially responsible and are founded with missions to protect the environment, to give back to underserved communities and to just do more good. If you’re looking for ways to do the same, here are a few earth friendly beauty brands you can explore.
A company offering mens and women’s skincare, haircare, henna and my favorite – and the reason I discovered them – nail polish, not only makes eco friendly, vegan and cruelty-free products, they also have a bold mission. Surya Solidarity, the company’s social division, aims to protect animals, preserve the environment and reduce waste, as well as improve communities through education. And they make one incredible nail polish.
Savannah Bee Company
This company makes great quality skincare products using and inspired by honey. They are also dedicated to the education of the importance of honeybees in our ecosystem, and are partners of the Bee Cause Project, which installs bee hives in schools to teach children about their importance, as well. The company is also dedicated to reducing waste through recycled packaging and even within their office environments.
Korres makes high-end, natural and organic skincare products. All their ingredients are responsible sourced and the company strives to help maintain endangered herb populations. Additionally, their plant runs on renewable energy and their packaging is also recyclable. Most importantly, the work with the communities from which they source ingredients to teach them organic farming and agriculture systems, and then support them through purchasing their produce.
If you haven’t been taking your empty Origins containers into their stores to have them recycled, then you should start. The company launched a campaign in 2009 to reduce waste and has since been turning empty containers into energy or recycled in other ways. And in partnering with American Forest’s Global Releaf Project, the company has planted 500,000 trees globally.
The Body Shop
Perhaps one of the pioneers of Social Responsibility within companies, The Body Shop is dedicated and contributes regularly to causes such as self-esteem, environmental protection, animal rights, community trade and human rights. It has also petitioned against animal testing in the European Union and garnered more than 4,000,000 signatures.
EcoTools makes cruelty-free products made from recycled materials, renewable bamboo and more eco-friendly manufacturing processes. The products are great quality, affordable and in additional to making you look good, they also make you feel good.
A subscription box that delivers cruelty-free and natural health and beauty products to your door. I reviewed them previously, and discovered a number of other cruelty-free brands such as Little Barn Apothecary and Juice Beauty. Love Goodly also gives back to a cause of your choice with every purchase – you can choose from Farm Sanctuary, CureCervicalCancer.org or The Beagle Freedom Project.
Known as one of the most sustainable beauty companies, Pacifica is dedicated to making gluten-free, vegan and cruelty-free products (that are also super high quality and GORGEOUS), in the safest way possible for consumers and completely recyclable packaging.