Skincare is well-established and necessary in the modern world but could it evolve into an ecologically sustainable product? As online shopping explodes, fueled by demand and climate-conscious consumers, we explore the eco-credentials of global brands by looking into their ingredients, packaging and processes.
Could these brands rise to meet the challenge? In conjunction with World Environmental Health Day (Sept 26), we look at five sustainable skincare brands.
Germany’s behemoth BABOR has made sustainability a focus for their customers, products and the environment. Everything from renewable natural gas to power production, 100% recyclable packaging to formulations free for microplastic particles, demonstrated serious intent.
A trailblazer in this field, the 59-year-old brand has its R&D lab that works with marine research universities to advance the discovery of active ingredients in algae and over 30 marine ingredients to meet every skincare need in all stages of life.
Most of its high-quality, algae-based formulation, like its ALGOTHERM Comfort Cocooning Mask or ALGOTHERM Nutri RE.Source Serum, for example, are in eco-label tubes and bottles. Don’t let the thought of algae put you off, though. The skincare range is scientifically formulated with care. Expect creamy textures that nourish and plumps the skin.
3. Juice Beauty
This American company harnesses sustainable energy sources for production and is a USDA certified organic company. Ingredients are ethically sourced, organic and natural, then clinically validated for their efficacy. All of the products are vegan and cruelty-free and bottled in recycled plastic and FSC-grade paper boxes. Some of its best-selling products include their Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Retinol Overnight Serum and Signal Peptides Firming Serum.
4. 100% Pure
RM240 sounds luxurious for a night cream, but for that investment, 100% Pure will give you 42.5g of a multi-vitamin powerhouse made with correcting vitamin C and reparative vitamin A to combat daily damage and signs of ageing. 100% Pure’s Multi-Vitamin + Antioxidants Ultra Riché PM Treatment is USDA certified, organic, paraben and sulfate-free. It is also eco-friendly and packed with recyclable and reusable packaging.
BotanicalsMost of Herbivore Botanical’s ingredients are ultra-clean and plant-based. The brand is committed to make, source ingredients and make products that are gentle to the planet and our bodies. With a goal of eliminating 100% of all virgin plastic from their packaging by 2025, Herbivore Botanicals will be a truly environmentally brand in time to come. Best-sellers include PINK CLOUD Rosewater + Tremella Creamy Jelly Cleanser and Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Smoothing Serum.