The Makeup Artists Leading the Zero-Waste Beauty Revolution

Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

From Harper’s BAZAAR

It can be easy to see green beauty as a marketing ploy. We live in a world where disposable sheet masks are sold as organic, and elaborate, 10-step skincare routines are considered wellness. An eye cream may read paraben-free—but include a laundry-list of quietly harmful components. The correlation between what a bottle says and the substance of its contents may be loose at best.

For a handful of makeup artists, however, sustainable and waste-free beauty is a deeply authentic process. These are women who have built their careers on considered explorations of ethical beauty, problem solving green beauty conundrums and continuously searching for more thoughtful approaches. These are the trailblazers.

Maybe they’re making their own tools, like substituting one-time use cleansing wipes for hot flannels and oils. Maybe they’re finding creative solutions for long-held challenges (a vegan seaweed gelatin for prosthetic makeup? what

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Best plastic-free and zero-waste toiletries, including toothpaste, deodorant and soap bars

Whether you’re fully embracing Plastic Free July or are looking at a longer term change, there are a wealth of plastic alternatives out there to make your bathroom that bit greener and more sustainable. While it used to be tricky to find good and effective switches, brands big and small have been upping their game.

And there’s good reason too: it’s estimated there are over 150 million tonnes of plastic in the world’s oceans and that it is set to treble by 2025. Every year one million birds and more than 100,000 sea mammals die from eating and getting tangled up in plastic waste.

From solid toothpaste and mouthwash tablets to biodegradable body sponges, old school safety razors and refillable deodorant, the range of eco-conscious and plastic free toiletries is constantly growing.

For Beth Noy, founder of online sustainability shop Plastic Freedom, the best place to start is by looking

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