Do you know the impact of your cosmetics? The human race is reaching alarming levels when it comes to pollutants in cosmetics.
There are thousands of chemicals in makeup and each one can be harmful to the environment.
Organic makeup is becoming more popular, but what does it do for the environment? It helps.
Organic products have never been more important than they are today and that’s why I’m writing this guide to choosing organic makeup.
How Does Organic Makeup Help the Environment
1. Organic makeup uses natural ingredients
Did you know that the same chemicals in pesticides used to fertilize crops can also be found in cosmetics products? That’s right, they do.
Research conducted by the Environmental Working Group found that conventional beauty products contain over 400 different synthetic ingredients.
According to Dr. Kenneth Bock, “Pesticides are a major cause of the cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.” By using organic makeup products made from natural ingredients you can avoid exposing your body to these harmful toxins while still looking amazing!
2. Organic Makeup has less metal in it
Organic makeup is made without heavy metals, which are in most conventional makeup.
Heavy metals such as nickel, lead, mercury, and chromium can cause damage to your skin when absorbed in large amounts.
3. Organic makeup doesn’t contain dyes
You can’t go wrong with organic makeup. You get all the color you need without any of the harmful chemicals that would otherwise be there.
4. You can recycle organic makeup tubes
Do you have a pile of old makeup tubes that you’re unsure what to do with? If they are made of paper, they can be recycled.
Paper tubes are biodegradable, which means that they will not harm the environment and instead will serve as food for microorganisms.
You can put organic makeup tubes in your recycling bin along with other recyclables like plastic bottles and aluminum cans.
Plastic tubes, on the other hand, are not recyclable because there is no way to effectively recycle them.
Plastic pollutes the air, water and land by taking thousands of years to degrade at landfills.
When oil is extracted from underground it releases pollutants into the air which float up into our atmosphere and damage the ozone layer.
5. Organic makeup companies use sustainable energy sources
Another positive benefit that comes from the use of renewable energy is that organic makeup companies feel a stronger connection to the environment.
This deep concern for our planet means they will naturally want to be more careful with their ingredients and processes.
They will also likely be more concerned about their employees, knowing that working conditions can affect how much an employee cares about the job they do.
The healthier and happier your employees are, the better quality product you produce!
While it’s true that not all organic makeup companies use renewable energy sources, it is still a growing trend in this industry.
The benefits of switching to greener ways of doing business include lower costs for electricity as well as less risk from natural disasters like hurricanes which can cause power outages during peak production times.
Companies who choose not only to go green but invest in alternative forms of energy are taking steps towards improving both their bottom line as well as helping preserve our planet at large!
6. Better for your skin and for the environment
Organic makeup isn’t just better for your skin and the environment, it has many other benefits that really set it apart from regular makeup.
Organic makeup is safe for sensitive skin
People with sensitive skin will often find themselves breaking out or having allergic reactions after using regular makeup.
This can be due to harsh chemicals in the formula that irritate the skin or cause breakouts.
Organic makeup is free of these harsh chemicals, and even uses active ingredients that work to treat acne or protect against sun damage. In addition to being free of harmful chemicals, organic and natural products are usually free of fragrances, colors, preservatives and other ingredients that can irritate the skin.
Organic makeup is better for the environment
Natural and organic cosmetics are made from ingredients found in nature instead of being created from synthetic materials in a lab somewhere (which requires energy and more resources).
Not only do these products provide you with all the benefits that plant-based ingredients have to offer (antioxidants, minerals), but they don’t harm our planet when we discard them either!
Many companies have also made an effort to use sustainable packaging for their products as well as using recyclable materials like glass jars instead of plastic tubes.
7. Recycled packaging
The packaging of organic makeup is often made of recycled materials, and some brands go even further by recycling used containers.
As a consumer, you can easily do your part to help. For example:
- Don’t throw away those empty tubes of lipstick! Many companies will accept them back in the mail if you send them (along with the box it came in) to their address.
- If your company doesn’t have an effective recycling program, try searching on Google for local stores that accept empties.
8. It has fewer chemicals
The preservatives used to keep traditional makeup (and other products) fresh and germ-free are not always gentle on the environment.
In fact, according to [the Environmental Working Group], they can actually be pretty harsh.
We’re talking about hazardous chemicals that become air and water pollutants when released into the atmosphere.
Some examples include formaldehyde, parabens, and phthalates. When you choose organic makeup, you’re avoiding these ingredients in favor of safer ones like aloe vera gel or vitamin E oil, which helps reduce your impact on the planet.
How Non-organic Makeup Harms the Environment
Did you know that some of the ingredients in your non-organic makeup are actually classified as carcinogens? That sounds really scary, and it is. Carcinogens are substances that cause cancer.
According to a study from the University of California San Francisco, “one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors.”
One particular chemical that has been identified as harmful by many independent studies is heavy metal.
Heavy metals can be found in lots of products we use every day – food, water and even medications – but one place you probably didn’t expect to find them was in your eye shadow palette.
The FDA maintains that cosmetic products don’t have to be tested for safety before they’re sold on store shelves.
Cosmetic companies often use heavy metals because they tend to be cheaper than other chemicals while still being able to add shimmer or color pigments to your beauty products.
Non-organic makeup contains more chemicals than organic makeup does making it harder for cosmetics manufacturers to create packaging which can easily be recycled after use.
If the product itself requires more materials then that increases the range of options available when choosing packaging material which results in more chance of a non-recyclable option being selected!
What Is the Best Way to Get Rid of My Old Lipstick and Eyeshadow?
What do you do with your used up lipstick and eyeshadow? Is there a way to get rid of it that is not hard on the environment? If the product you are using is organic, then yes, there is.
Your organic lipstick or eyeshadow can be thrown away in the trash. The metal tube that holds your lipstick and the plastic container for your eyeshadow will be recycled.
If you are worried about the environment, make sure that you buy makeup that has been labeled as “organic.””
Because it will break down naturally in landfills and water systems, they will not present a problem to wildlife or people.
How to Use Safe and Eco-friendly Makeup or Skincare Products
- Use natural products
- Ensure the packaging is recyclable
- Don’t overuse your products
- Don’t use too many products
- Don’t use more than you need
- Don’t switch up your routine often
How to Support More Sustainable Packaging for Organic Makeup
Here are some other ways you can support more sustainable packaging for organic makeup:
- Don’t buy products with excess packaging.
- Buy products in bulk.
- Don’t buy products that are wrapped in plastic, whether you need the plastic or not.
- Buy refillable products.
- Buy products with refillable packaging.
- Recycle your packaging when you’re done with it, don’t throw it away!
Why Isn’t All Makeup Eco-friendly?
If the manufacturing of makeup is so harmful to the environment, why aren’t more companies producing eco-friendly products?
The answer to this question comes down to basic business practices: cost and profit.
Making eco-friendly makeup is more expensive and time-consuming than traditional production methods because it requires more research and development, different ingredients, and stricter quality control measures.
Because they have a smaller market share, businesses that sell organic makeup can’t afford cheaper labor or raw materials.
They also can’t mass produce products in order to compete with larger companies.
There are ways you can help make organic cosmetics more accessible for everyone:
- Support eco-friendly beauty brands by purchasing their products whenever possible
- Contact your local cosmetic retailers and ask them to carry these types of brands in their stores
- Educate yourself about harmful chemicals found in regular cosmetics and be an advocate for change
How to Tell if My Favorite Beauty Product Is Organic
How can you tell if your favorite beauty product is truly organic? Here are some tips for making sure that you’re both saving the planet and saving your skin:
1. The USDA Organic Seal
If a product has this seal, then it means that at least 95% of its ingredients were grown and processed in accordance with the USDA National Organic Program’s rules.
2. Ingredient labels
This is somewhat more complicated than looking for the seal, but if you don’t want to be limited to products containing only USDA-certified organic ingredients, then this option is worth considering.
For example, look for products containing plant-based oils rather than mineral oil and jojoba oil instead of petroleum jelly.
Avoid any products listing fragrance or parfum as an ingredient; these are always synthetic fragrances that can irritate your skin and lungs, even if they’re in “organic” makeup!
Also avoid parabens or phthalates (both used as preservatives), both of which have been linked to a number of health problems including cancer and birth defects.
Think about these ways in which organic makeup might benefit your skin and the environment (as well as your wallet).
You can do your body and Mother Nature a favor at the same time.