Planet Friendly Beauty
Making planet-friendly purchases might be a daunting task, especially when it comes to buying beauty products. Fret not, we’ve done the work for you so you can easily shop, guilt-free, this Earth Day on 22 April.
Read on for our list of eco-conscious brands and what they are doing to contribute to the world of sustainable beauty!
Charlotte Tilbury’s award-winning magic trilogy, Charlotte’s Magic Cream, Magic Eye Rescue and Magic Night Cream are now refillable and recyclable!
Charlotte’s 3-step, research-powered trilogy for glowing, smoother, plumper looking skin is now available in NEW! Magic Refills! These easy-to-choose, easy-to-use and easy-to-gift skincare refills are the secret to magic skin forever! The sleek, simple capsules are made to lock easily into the NEW! Glass Magic Moisturiser jars – so you can maintain your magic skincare routine while caring for the environment. Simply POP, LOCK and GO!
In Japan, the common phrase mottainai means “too precious to waste” – this has greatly influenced Tatcha to be more conscious of their consumption of the natural world as they realise our beautiful planet is too precious to waste. Apart from the sustainable materials used in their packaging and ensuring social and environmental responsibility when it comes to sourcing for their product ingredients, Tatcha is also very involved in reducing their carbon footprints.
In efforts to reduce their carbon footprint, Tatcha has decided to offset their carbon footprint from shipping not only going forward, but going backwards since Tatcha was created. This accounts for all emissions resulting from all transportation, including the movement of raw materials, empty packaging to fillers, inventory to their warehouse and finally, all of their shipments to their clients and retail partners.
Since its launch, the Atelier des fleurs has exemplified Chloé’s pursuit of natural ingredients and authenticity through botanical names and plant-based ingredients. The story continues today in the same spirit. Formulated in full transparency, the three new scents constitute a breakthrough: they are 100% natural origin fragrances, their flowers (Ylang-ylang, Narcissus and Iris) are responsibly grown, and their packaging has been redesigned with a reduced environmental impact.
Distinctive for its unique approach to luxury perfumes, Maison Chloé unveils three new, 100% natural origin fragrances. Their compositions are truly remarkable considering the very limited palette available to the perfumer when exclusively restricted to all-natural origin ingredients. Formulated with 100% natural origin fragrance, naturally derived alcohol*, and water Narcissus Poeticus, Iris and Ylang Cananga are vegan Eaux de Parfum. They contain no filters or artificial colourings, solely lavish materials selected with exquisite care. These three new creations are presented in the pleated glass bottle emblematic of Atelier des fleurs. The only difference is the label, now in a verdigris inspired by the plant world. While the allure remains unchanged, the materials have evolved. The bottle and box are partially made with recycled materials (10% and 40% respectively). Moreover, Chloé has relinquished the hot foil stamping of its labels in favour of an eco-friendlier printing method.
Drunk Elephant’s first priority has always been the safety and effectiveness of the formula. However, their entire Hair and Body line also comes in recyclable packaging, as well as selected products like Wonderwild Miracle Butter, A-Gloei Maretinol Oil, A-Passioni Retinol Cream, Beste No.9 Jelly Cleanser, E-Rase Milki Micellar Water and Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil. At this time, in order to protect their formulations, the pumps available are not recyclable. However, when the option becomes available, Drunk Elephant will be the first in line!
While products like Beste No.9 Jelly Cleanser and the Wonderwild Miracle Butter are fully recyclable, the other products have to be deconstructed in order to be recycled. Tips on how to recycle can be found on the Drunk Elephant site, under their respective product pages.
Vegan and cruelty-free luxury beauty brand Hourglass Cosmetics expands its sustainability initiative with the introduction of the award-winning Confession Refillable Lipstick in 2017, the customisable Curator Eyeshadow in 2021 (utilising refillable packaging innovation).
Hourglass Cosmetics aims to continue to decrease their footprint of single-use plastics in the future by exploring new reusable packaging alternatives. Evidently notable from their latest launch, the Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Primer bottle is made from 100% glass.
“Innovation and integrity have always been at the heart of Hourglass,” says Founder and CEO Carisa Janes. Hourglass has offered refillable products since they first launched in 2004, and after reaching their goal of becoming 100% vegan, offering more sustainable packaging is a continued focus as they deepen their commitment to creating positive change. As customers are becoming more conscious about how their buying habits impact the world, Hourglass wanted to provide them with a product that’s both luxurious and reusable.
Issey Miyake’s unconditional respect for what is essential fuels its desire to create and inspire. It also fosters its sense of responsibility: taking better care of the materials it works with and committing to useful, inspirational and transformative design.
Issey Miyake is making this positive change possible, by setting responsible sourcing for all ingredients (synthetic and natural) as its gold standard. This implies developing strong partnerships with EcoVadis certified suppliers and creating more responsible scented formulas.
It also commits to design low-impact products and marketing tools and to create eco-designed, modulable and reusable merchandising tools. By cutting loose of the unnecessary and striving to facilitate the lifecycle of its products, Issey Miyake believes it can reinvent what is desirable. Issey Miyake Parfums believes in the power of sensory design to invite its vibrant community to reconnect to what truly matters.
Lab Series, a pioneer in skincare for men has redesigned its packaging to be functional, modern and easy-to-navigate with clear product benefits and ingredients. More than half of packaging by weight will be recyclable, refillable, reusable, recycled or recoverable with the goal to reach 75 per cent by 2025. More than half of the new packaging contains a minimum of 20 per cent recycled content.
The high-performance products based on the unique skin needs of men since 1987 believe in protecting the environment as important as taking care of men’s skin and strives to enact sustainability measures. As such, Lab Series introduces refillable cartridges under its Anti-Age MAX LS line with the serum and lotion. Refillable cartridges and reusing the bottle’s pump help contribute to the reduction of plastic wastes by at least 20%.
Origins believes it has a responsibility to give back to nature and endeavour to make choices that help reduce its impact on the planet. Today, all Origins cartons are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, made with paperboard from responsibly managed forests. 55% of Origins’ packaging by weight is recyclable, refillable, reusable, recycled, or recoverable. By 2023, Origins’ goal is to ensure that at least 80% of packaging by weight is recyclable, refillable, reusable, recycled, or recoverable.
Origins make a conscious effort in manufacturing, using 100% renewable electricity to manufacture products in primary facilities. In all stores, Origins prioritize the use of low-emitting, recyclable and/or recyclable materials for all stores fixtures and visual merchandising.
Philosophy is transitioning to being Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. Philosophy’s formulas rely as much as possible on biotechnology and responsibly sourced ingredients to minimize their impact on nature. Their folding cartons are made of 100% FSC certified, responsibly sourced, recycled paperboard and their new packaging includes post consumer recycled glass or plastic. This applies to all finished goods cartons for newly produced sellable products as of January 2022, which includes the new Hope In A Jar 2022 range.
Sephora Collection’s Good Skincare line boasts a sulphate, paraben, mineral oil free formulation whilst being environmentally sustainable.
Sephora is offering you proof, not promises, with its first-ever clean skincare line, Good Skincare, boasting a repertoire of 91 to 99 percent naturally derived ingredients, the products are catered for all skin types. With packaging made from recyclable plastic derived from sugar cane, and printed with vegetable-based inks, the new collection aims to be environmentally sustainable without compromising on efficacy. At an accessible price point, with nothing over SGD40, the line provides end-to-end skincare solutions that are good for skin, good for you, good for all.
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