Is Your Makeup Bag Harming the Environment?


The beauty industry is a fortress that can’t crumble to the ground, not by wars, calamities, and unfortunate milestones in the world’s history. The chase to be visually beautiful will continue to surge for both consumers and brands alike.

However, the beauty industry is also packed with controversy. From sourcing ingredients to unscrupulous suppliers, animal testing, and packing personal care products with chemicals, ethics is a problem behind the veil of beauty.

If you analyze the contents of your makeup bag, chances are, plenty of those products were either sourced, produced, or packed unethically. It’s challenging to find products that are a hundred percent clean and letting go of beauty staples is even more heart-wrenching. But the future will not exist without a behemoth industry turning over a new leaf.

Consequently, start your journey toward sustainable beauty by becoming aware of the primary culprits that make your products unsafe for both you and the environment.

Lip Balm

Chapped lips are anyone’s worst nightmare, as there is nothing worse than feeling dry and flaky skin coming off as you speak. One of the most popular ingredients used in lip balms is petroleum jelly, which you may remember owning a large tub of during your childhood.

It has plenty of purposes, but it primarily shields your skin against damage. But petroleum jelly is a byproduct of the oil industry, one of the most unethical trades in the world. It is also not an effective ingredient against chapped lips, as it only blocks your lips from harm, but offers no hydration whatsoever. As a result, you end up using more product throughout the day.

Consequently, your journey toward sustainable beauty should begin with letting go of your favorite petroleum-based lip balms. Instead, opt for a lip butter made with ethically-sourced oils, such as organic beeswax, castor seed oil, and Vitamin E. All of these are wonderful alternative ingredients for a lip balm but offer significantly more benefits both to you and the environment.

Shimmery Makeup

From highlighters to shimmery eyeshadows and blushes, a pearly finish gives your face a natural healthy glow. But nothing is healthy behind the production of your glow-up essentials. Look through the ingredients list of your favorite highlighter, and you will likely find mica among the fray.

The ingredient is harvested from hundred-year-old mineral composites underground, and the people responsible for the labor are, regrettably, children. Many beauty brands pay little attention to where they source their mica. Because the mineral is rather rare, it is entirely possible to trace its origins from suppliers that tolerate child labor.

So before you purchase a limited edition shimmery eyeshadow palette, it pays to think about its unethical origin. Who knows? That might be the push you need to fully commit to sustainable beauty.


When a $500 billion industry relies on plastic packaging, things are sure to end badly for landfills. It’s rare to find products not packaged in plastic, and many have given up hope on sustainable beauty on the premise that completely letting go of plastic is impossible. But switching your angle of thinking to eliminating as much plastic as you can from your beauty regime will make the ride a lot more enjoyable.

At this point, a complete 180-degree shift toward alternative materials such as glass and paper may not be achievable for the entire industry. But supporting companies that do what they can to reduce their carbon footprint is a massive step toward sustainable beauty. Look for glass or paper-based packaging to start your journey. You’ll come to find that there are plenty of options out there with organic content to boot.

Sustainability does not happen overnight. But through little steps, saving the future of the beauty industry and the rest of the world is no longer a pipe dream. Start small by using up everything you have and recycling what you can, then purchase products from stores with the highest ethical standards according to content, packaging, production, and sourcing. Before long, your makeup bag will be completely ethical, sustainable, and environment-friendly.