40+ Natural Brands with Zero Waste or Sustainable Packaging

Green Organic Beauty Zero Waste Sustainable Packaging

According to Kjaer Weis, it takes over 1,000 years for a plastic makeup compact to decompose in the environment. That’s a LOOOOONG time, and think of all the plastic compacts you’ve used in your lifetime! And researchers from The Ocean Conservancy suggest there are as many as 51 trillion pieces of microplastic in our oceans at present 🐬

So you might be wondering, how can I help change this? Today I’m partnering with Jessica from Everyday Eco Living to bring you a huuuuuge list of natural makeup and personal care brands that go out of their way to offer you sustainable or zero waste packaging. Let’s get started!

What Packaging is Considered Sustainable?

You may be wondering about recycling plastic containers. Unfortunately, the majority of discarded plastic is not recycled. In fact, the EPA estimates that only 9.5% of plastic discarded in 2014 was actually recycled.

In addition to environmental concerns, plastic packaging is not good for your health. Certain chemical components of plastic, such as BPA and phthalates, have been linked to harmful health effects like hormone disruption, obesity, and even cancer. Learn more in this blog post.

Choosing products in sustainable packaging is one way to avoid harmful chemicals and cut back on the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills. The materials below are great options when choosing sustainable packaging! 🌎

    • Aluminum is able to be completely recycled without any loss in quality at a fraction of the initial production costs and energy requirements of plastic.
    • Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world, making it the number one renewable resource 🐼 Bamboo actually grows faster when it is cut down!
    • Compostable/biodegradable paperboard is made from recycled paper pulp. When manufactured and disposed of properly, it is largely considered a renewable resource.
    • Glass and metal are 100% recyclable. This means that they can be infinitely recycled into new packaging without loss of quality. It is also very easy to repurpose a glass or metal container!
    • Recycled plastic is another option. Many companies repurpose plastic into new packaging. While this is not ideal (in terms of a renewable resource), it is better than other alternatives.
    • Silicone is an eco-friendly material derived from sand. The process to manufacture silicone is much less wasteful than the process to manufacture plastic. It can be recycled (in the right facilities) and is a safe non-toxic alternative to plastic.

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Natural Brands with Sustainable Packaging:

Clean, Non-toxic Makeup:

Zero Waste Beauty Products

  • Alima Pure: Although a lot of their cosmetics are packaged in plastic, they do offer some refillable compact options for some of their products such as concealer, pressed foundation, and pressed eyeshadow.
  • Antonym Cosmetics: Antonym compacts are made of sustainable bamboo and the paper they use is either recycled or FSC (sustainable forest) paper.
  • Au Naturale Cosmetics: Their components are mostly aluminum and the boxes they come in are 100% post-consumer waste. Plus they use Palm Done Right sustainably-sourced palm oil.
  • Axiology: Their lip-to-lid balmies are cute crayons that can be used on lips, cheeks, and eyelids. The boxes are sourced from a woman-owned recycled paper boutique in Bali. Axiology also never uses palm oil in its formulas!
  • Elate Beauty: Elate uses bamboo packaging from China, where they work closely with a green-certified, fair-trade manufacturer. All of the bamboo is water-processed, not chemically treated. A lot of their products, like powders, are sold separately from the compact so you only have to buy the compact once and just refill the insides. The refills are packaged in seed paper which can then be planted in your garden. Any plastic that comes with shipping boxes is always reused by their company and never purchased. What’s really cool: if you are taking a plastic-free challenge or have a plastic-free lifestyle, you can let them know at checkout and they will accommodate you.
Erin's Faces Matcha Mascara
Erin’s Faces Matcha Mascara
  • Erin’s Faces: Not all of her items are sustainably packaged, but I want to highlight the Matcha Mascara (pictured above) and Radiant Firming Concealer. The mascara is in powder-coated glass which is recyclable, and the concealer comes in a clear glass vial. Love them both! Code ORGANICALLYBECCA saves you at checkout.
  • Kjaer Weis: Their products also use a refill system, housed in durable metal and recyclable paper compacts (even their mascara and lipsticks!).
  • RMS Beauty: They use very minimal packaging; most of their products are in glass and all of them are biodegradable, recyclable, or reusable.
  • Saie Beauty: A really innovative beauty company that is super transparent about their practices and trying to continually do better. They ship products with organic cotton rounds instead of packing peanuts. Most of their products are in glass or aluminum. They also practice carbon offsetting and partner with Carbon Credit Capital and Terracycle.
  • Sappho: A Canadian makeup brand that uses glass and metal packaging (for the most part). Their CC tubes, Primer tubes, and sample tubes are treated with a special compound made in the U.S. that renders them biodegradable in a landfill in 2-7 years.
  • Tata Harper: Not only is Tata Harper packaging a beautiful green and gold color, but their focus on sustainability is incredible. The majority of their packaging is made of glass. What little plastic they do use is necessary for the function of the packaging and is as eco-friendly as possible. The plastic resin for their tubes is derived from corn, which means it is made from a renewable resource instead of petroleum. The cartons they use have the Sustainable Forestry Initiative label, and they also use recycled paperboard and print with soy-based inks.

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Organic Shower, Hair, & Hygiene Products:

Zero Waste Hair Hygiene Products

  • Captain Blankenship: Hair products that use recyclable and reusable glass packaging or paperboard.
  • Cleo + Coco Natural Deodorants: So many options for scents and formulas (you can also get sensitive baking soda-free). They have a zero waste bar option which comes in an organic cotton bag. It has a wax mold at the bottom that you can peel away as the deodorant gets used up. So cool!
  • David’s Toothpaste: Fluoride-free natural toothpaste that comes in a recyclable metal tube. It’s super minty, foamy, and leaves your teeth squeaky clean. Made in the USA. Code ORGANICALLYBECCA saves you at The Choosy Chick.
  • Georganics Toothpaste Tablets: Tablets that come in a glass container! You chew them and they start to foam and dissolve into a toothpaste you can brush with. They make your mouth feel clean and are alkalizing; they have mouthwash tablets and floss too. Pretty cool. Code BECCA10 saves you at EarthHero!
  • Lola Organic Cotton Tampons: Organic cotton tampons that are available with a cardboard applicator or even without an applicator at all (or you can try a menstrual cup!).
  • Madame Lemy Deodorants: The chicest aluminum-free deodorants ever! It’s a powder puff that comes in a paper box and is refillable. Code ORGANICALLYBECCA gets you a discount.
  • Patch Biodegradable Bandages: Made with organic bamboo fiber, activated charcoal, aloe vera, and coconut oil. These bandages are biodegradable and compostable. Code ORGANICALLYBECCA saves you at The Choosy Chick.
  • Plaine Products: Shampoo, conditioners, skin, and body products that are packaged in aluminum and have all recyclable packaging. Plaine also gives you the option to buy with or without a pump, plus a refill system so you just send your bottle back for a refill and only buy the pump once. Code ORGANICALLYBECCA saves you 20% on their website!
  • TreeBird Biodegradable Silk Floss: Compostable, plastic-free floss that comes in a glass jar and you can purchase refills. Naturally waxed with candelilla and flavored with mint essential oil.
Tree Bird Pure Silk Biodegradable Eco Floss
Tree Bird Pure Silk Biodegradable Eco Floss
  • Who Gives a Crap: Not only does this toilet paper come individually wrapped (without all the plastic wrapping), but it is also made from recycled paper and bamboo. Who Gives A Crap uses 50% of their profits to improve sanitation in underserved communities around the world 💩
  • WooBamboo: They sell an array of dental products, but their toothbrushes are made of natural, biodegradable bamboo. They also sell floss made with natural, biodegradable silk that comes without a container but is packaged in renewable plant-based plastic. They print with soy-based ink and post-consumer waste.

I also highly recommend EarthHero, they have SO many green swaps!

Your One-Stop-Shop for Zero Waste Swaps: EarthHero

Natural Body & Skincare Products:

Zero Waste Skincare Products

  • Blue Heron Botanicals: Organic and natural lip care that comes in recyclable, home compostable paper tubes!
  • Good Medicine Beauty Lab: Natural perfumes and skincare products packaged in glass.
  • Kari Gran: Skincare products packaged in Miron glass (a special 100% recyclable dark violet glass that blocks the complete spectrum of visible light, which eliminates the need for preservatives).
  • Laguna Herbals: Reef-safe mineral sunscreen that is packaged in an aluminum tin, plus skincare products that come in glass bottles.
  • Leahlani Skincare: Handmade products that are contained in frosted glass.
  • Mahalo: Skincare products that come in bamboo, you can even purchase their “imperfectly packaged” products at a discount.
  • Manda Naturals: Reef-safe mineral sunscreen packaged in bamboo.
  • Meow Meow Tweet: Natural deodorants, hair, and skincare products packaged in glass and paper boxes. They also recently launched a sunscreen!
Meow Meow Tweet Everyday Sunscreen
Meow Meow Tweet Everyday Sunscreen
  • Osea Malibu: Vegan skincare in frosty glass bottles and recyclable packaging. They are Climate Neutral Certified and their offices are powered by renewable energy sources. Check this blog post to see my Osea faves!
  • Osmia Organics: Organic soaps that come in partially recycled, chlorine-free watercolor paper. Their skincare products are housed in glass with EcoCert-approved recyclable pumps or 100% recycled cardboard tubes with recyclable metal tops. All of the boxes they use are made with recyclable, FSC-certified paper and printed with non-toxic, soy-based ink.
  • Raw Elements: Reef-safe mineral sunscreens and skin care products, they have an entirely “plastic-free” collection. Mostly glass and aluminum tins!
  • True Botanicals: Body and skincare products packaged in glass to optimize freshness and to consider the environment.
  • UpCircle: Body scrubs, face scrubs, and a facial serum made with repurposed coffee grounds, yum! Packaged in aluminum tubes and cardboard boxes. Code ORGANICALLYBECCA saves you at The Choosy Chick.

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Green Household & Lifestyle Products:

Zero Waste Home Products

  • Branch Basics: A natural cleaning concentrate that can be diluted to make basically any cleaner you need around your house! You can use your own bottles or their glass bottles. Code ORGANICALLYBECCA gets you a discount on starter kits.
  • Cleaning Essentials: A collection of reusable cleaning containers made of durable glass.
  • Dropp’s Detergent Pods: Laundry and dishwasher detergent pods with completely biodegradable casing.
  • Healthy Human: Food-grade stainless steel reusable straws and cups.
  • Keep Cup: Reusable travel cups made from tempered glass and cork. Parts and accessories can be ordered separately.
  • Kleen Kanteen: Food-grade stainless steel reusable cups, bottles, and canisters. All supporting accessories are made of BPA-free plastic or food-grade silicone. Parts and accessories can be ordered separately.
  • Kosmatology: Organic body care products. The hand soaps come in large refill packs and you can reuse the glass pump bottle. They also have some products in paperboard containers such as Bug Balm. Code ORGANICALLYBECCA gets you a discount.
  • Pela Case: 100% compostable phone case that arrives in totally plastic-free packaging. Code ORGANICALLYBECCA gets you a discount.
  • Stasher Bags: Pure platinum food-grade silicone reusable snack bags.

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Do you know of any other brands that use zero waste or sustainable packaging? Let us know in the comments and we’ll add them to the list! 👇

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Jessica Everyday Eco LivingJessica is the founder of Everyday Eco Living, a blog dedicated to providing practical ways to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. As a working mom of two, she has found a way to incorporate green living into a busy lifestyle. Go give her a follow on Instagram: @everydayecoliving.





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Becca is a blogger, wife, and dog mom living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Having seen firsthand the benefits of switching to a natural lifestyle herself, she's passionate about helping women make the switch to clean beauty products, organic skincare, and a holistic way of life (without the stress of being perfect about it!).

23 comments on “40+ Natural Brands with Zero Waste or Sustainable Packaging”

  1. this is a start, but there is still a very long way to go! Older folks might remember mascara that came separate (in a container) from the brush, and people used good brushes for nearly life, caring for them. The costmetics/salon and pharmaceutical industries are terrible when it comes to contributing to plastic waste, and there needs to be a step toward compostable bags for these pills and powders.

  2. Thanks for writing this, Jessica! It is a great article to help us understand sustainable beauty products and it has started my journey into further research. Love your entire blog, and IG too! 🙂

  3. I use this too….dog soap, person shampoo, face wash. they are lovely! I am surprised they are not on here!

  4. Thank you for putting together this post! I recently became sick and desperately needed safe non-plastic everything in my house. I found Organic-Essence first, thank goodness, but these other products fill-in the rest of what I need. So thanks for putting in your time! 🙂

  5. I recently discovered a website called Myro.com that seems you 3 student sticks every three months. They come in 6 incredible scents and the best part is that you reuse the 100% recyclable plastic container.

  6. How long does it take glass to biodegrade?
    1 million years
    Actually, it’s one of the longest-lasting man-made materials. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services estimates that it takes 1 million years for a glass bottle to decompose in the environment, with conditions in a landfill even more protected.

    My question is then what’s the difference between using glass or plastic for this purpose?

  7. What great list! I have also been using the mad hippie serums. Especially love the vitamin C serum. It’s a 0 on the think dirty list and comes in glass bottles. We’ve also been using Nashville based company the good fill. They have great stuff.

  8. Thank you. Our county no longer recycles glass. And only recycles plastic 1-3 now. They used to do a huge range of plastic. They don’t even recycle the yogurt or margarine type tubs anymore. LuckiIy I cut out dairy so don’t have that many of those any more. It’s so frustrating.

    I was looking for paper products not packaged in plastic. I rarely use them, but like to have a couple rolls of paper towels on hand for really gross messes. I’m trying to reduce but my family is not cooperating on this, or anything. :p I’m going to try avoiding plastics and glass. I do save glass jars to a point but I don’t need that many. Definitely bookmarking this though.

  9. This is a great start, but can we take it 1 step further? How about reusing? Much of the packaging many brands use are not always recycled for various reasons. The ideal situation would be refillable options so that the packaging, which is sustainable in the first place is then reused. Recycling, while awesome, is also energy heavy (especially glass), and can have a heavy carbon emissions cost.

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