What are your favorite green cosmetics?


According to industry forecasters, by 2024 the world will spend $ 390 billion on cosmetics, including makeup, perfumes, and skin, hair, personal care and oral care. It sounds like an impossible number, but with the average woman using 12 different beauty products every day, as well as what men use, it really adds up.

If we were all going to our gardens and picking plants to create our own formulas, it wouldn’t be so bad. But when we factor in the sourcing of unsustainable ingredients, complicated supply chains, plastic packaging, pollution of sewage and ecosystems, and all the other issues, it matters from an environmental perspective. start to seem problematic. Bonus points for the potential health effects of questionable synthetic ingredients and a bewildering lack of federal regulation (in the United States, at least) of such.

Embracing our natural selves and reducing demand could go a long way in minimizing the impact on people and the planet, but given our 6,000-year love affair with cosmetics, it’s safe to assume they’re not going anywhere. This is why it has been a relief to see such a big move towards sustainable cosmetics. Whether it’s multinational brands reconfiguring packaging or independent direct-to-consumer companies formulating all-natural products, the industry is responding to consumer calls for safe and environmentally friendly products. It’s these movers and shakers and the products they make that we’ll be celebrating in our Best of Green awards for green beauty and personal care.

To help us in this endeavor, we are teaming up with our friends at Byrdie, one of the biggest beauty sites on the internet with over 9 million readers per month. With Treehugger’s authority on sustainability and Byrdie’s deep expertise in all things beauty, we’ll find the best of the best in sustainable products that we can all happily use.

And that’s where you come in. We open applications to the public, and we’d love to hear about your favorite sustainable products that fall into the following categories:

  • Skin care
  • Hair care
  • Body care
  • Oral care
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  • Best companies
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For our winners, we’ll look for products that shine in one or more of the following ways:

  • They are formulated with low risk ingredients.
  • They use ingredients from sustainable / ethical sources.
  • They are cruelty-free and vegan.
  • They are a waterless formulation.
  • They are versatile.
  • They use green packaging, for example, compostable or refillable.
  • They are plastic free.
  • The company gives back.

Leave a comment below (or on one of our social media platforms) with your favorite product and a brief description and we’ll do the rest. Come back at the end of June to see the winners and thank you for your contribution!


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