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10 Low-Waste Makeup Brands to Shop This Earth Month and Beyond

Lower your environmental impact with these sustainable beauty brands! 

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Lower your environmental impact with these sustainable beauty brands! 

Did you know over 120 billion units of makeup packaging end up in landfills—every year? Now more than ever, tackling plastic waste in the beauty industry is crucial. For Earth Day, we highlight 10 low-waste makeup brands doing their part in lowering their carbon footprint. So, add these buzzworthy brands to your get-ready routine! Trust us; the planet will thank you later.


Are you looking to adopt a low-waste beauty routine? Axiology makes it easy! Founder Ericka Rodriguez created the brand’s plastic-free zero-waste lipstick to reduce waste in the beauty industry. Each item is formulated with only ten ingredients, leaving a smooth buttery finish with every application. Remember to check out their newest launch: Tinted Dew Multi-Stick—the ultimate beauty must-have for a glowy effortless look.

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Aleph Beauty

Aleph Beauty offers clean makeup that is good for you, the planet, and the animals. Their multi-tasking natural beauty products are made with ethically sourced, vegan ingredients that deliver a flawless, skin-like finish. After you’re done with a product, don’t throw it out! Request to send your empties here.

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Elate Beauty

When it comes to eco-friendly makeup, Elate Beauty is leading the change for a greener future. Their capsule beauty initiative aims to reduce over-consumption and focus on intentional product choices. Curate your own makeup routine with ease, and find new makeup bag essentials to start your sustainable beauty journey.

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Principle Beauty

Principle Beauty makes zero-waste makeup stress-free! Their earthy-hued eyeshadow palettes are packaged in sturdy cork, anti-microbial and moisture-resistant material and sent in a paperboard case made from recycled paper. And once you’ve finished with your palette, throw it in your backyard compost!

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ĀTHR Beauty

When you shop ĀTHR Beauty, you support a beauty brand that actively lowers its environmental impact by 70% through plastic-free packaging! The vegan makeup line recognizes recycling makeup products can be tricky, so they’ve partnered with Pact—a nonprofit that ensures hard-to-recycle beauty empties don’t end up in the landfill.

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River Organics

Add a pop of color to your makeup regimen with River Organics! The sustainable brand carries an entire line of compostable, paper-based packaged cosmetics suited for all skin types. To start, personalize a lip + brush + highlighter trio! All three are infused with nourishing oils, including macadamia nut, mango seed, and shea butter.

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All Earth Mineral Cosmetics

All Earth Mineral Cosmetics stocks eco-conscious staples like biodegradable refills and skincare packaged in recycled aluminum and glass. You’ll find a new addition to your beauty routine, from mineral powders to mineral creams and beauty tools, in no time.

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Cheekbone Beauty

This Indigenous-owned brand reshapes sustainability in the makeup industry, and we’re all for it! Founder Jenn Harper fosters a low-waste approach to beauty purchasing with their plastic-free packaging and refillable and reusable products. A standout product is their Sustain Lipstick! This lippie comes in eight rosy-hued shades for all skin tones.

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Izzy Zero Waste Beauty

Does your beauty routine need a sustainable makeover? Izzy Zero Waste Beauty has got you covered! The vegan brand addresses plastic waste head-on with its 100% zero-waste lineup of beauty must-haves. Shop their refillables like mascara, highlighters, lip glosses, and brow gels!

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Wear, refill, and repeat with Trestique! Made with plant-forward ingredients like carrots, grapes, and squalene, their beauty products deliver a lightweight and natural finish. Build your go-to routine consisting of eye, lips, face staples, and a makeup bag made with post-consumer recycled materials.

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Alejandra Tolley

Alejandra Tolley


Vegan junk-foodie Alejandra was born and raised in Los Angeles County. As a self-made writer, she always makes sure that she advocates for all humans and animals. When she’s not typing the day away, you can find her singing her lungs out to Mitski, taking pictures of her doggies Luna and Dexter, or stocking her kitchen with more avocados, strawberries, and Kettle Salt n Vinegar chips. Alejandra also loves traveling and sharing her eats from around the world on Instagram.

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