The production and disposal of common beauty tools like hair and makeup brushes can cause significant environmental damage. According to WWF, plastic materials can take anywhere between 20-500 years to break down. Single-use items like makeup remover wipes can create heaps of waste in landfills. Sustainable beauty tools are designed for minimal environmental impact and durability. Using sustainable beauty tools can also help you save money and limit your waste. Take eco-conscientious beauty to the next level by making these sustainable swaps.
“More beauty, less waste” is EcoTools’ motto and their biodegradable beauty blender lives up to the phrase. The Bioblender is a makeup blending sponge with three distinct edges for contouring and building coverage. According to EcoTools, when the Bioblender reaches the end of its life, it can be tossed into a home compost where it will degrade by 76.1% in 180 days. The Bioblender is a great alternative to regular beauty blenders that take a lifetime to break down in landfills.
Plastic hair brushes often end up in landfills where they’ll eventually break down into microplastics. These tiny particles are dangerous to the environment because they can pollute water and air. Well Earth Goods’ Plastic-Free Bamboo Hair Brush is crafted with biodegradable materials that are sourced for fewer carbon miles.
From the brand loved by celebrities and makeup artists alike, the Fini Brush from Artis is your all-in-one make up tool. This universal makeup brush can be used for applying foundation, contour, blush, highlighter and setting powder. Artis brushes are 100% vegan and can last indefinitely with proper care.
According to EcoWatch, using two cotton makeup pads a day can add up to 730 within a year. Reusable cotton makeup pads are a great alternative to traditional cotton pads because you’ll save money and produce less waste.
The fibers of makeup remover wipes can contaminate oceans and water sources when they cannot break down naturally. Replace makeup remover wipes with this eco-friendly and biodegradable option from One Love Organics. The Cleansing Sponge Rose Clay Heart is designed with konjac plant fiber to buff away makeup and dirt.
If your exfoliating face wash contains microbeads then try exfoliating with the Mihakka. Microbeads can surpass wastewater systems and pollute rivers, lakes and oceans. They pose a threat to wildlife as marine species often end up accidentally ingesting them. The Mihakka is a traditional Moroccan beauty tool used to exfoliate and brighten the skin. It’s made out of organic cotton colored by natural plant dyes and has a disc made out of natural clay at its center.
The Gemstone Gua Sha + Massaging Comb from Earth Hero is made out of sustainably and ethically sourced grade-A jade gemstones. This beauty tool can be used to helpincrease circulation, de-puff, and soothe muscle tension.
Achieve smooth nails with minimal damage to your nails and the planet with the Glass Nail File from Urban Oreganics. Disposable nail files can tear up the edges of the nail and encourage splitting or breakage. Unlike regular emery boards, thistempered etched glass file seals the keratin layers together at the edge of the nail and can be recycled.
Sacheu Beauty’s Stainless Steel Facial Roller is colder, cleaner and more sustainable than your average facial roller. This beauty roller is designed to stand the test of time. It’s made out of stainless steel and recyclable material making it less prone to damage in comparison to stone facial rollers.
Touch up your makeup with a Pointed Make-Up Cotton Swab from the Last Object. It is a reusable, sustainable and sanitary alternative to q-tips. Its sculpted tip is great for precise touch ups. It’s also easy to reuse and clean.