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In our pursuit of beauty, we have the power to make choices that not only enhance our own features but also protect the planet we call home.
As conscientious consumers, opting for eco-friendly makeup products is a wonderful way to align our beauty routines with sustainable practices. When it comes to makeup brushes, selecting eco-friendly options not only ensures a flawless application but also promotes ethical manufacturing and reduces environmental impact.
In this illuminating guide, we will introduce you to seven remarkable eco-friendly makeup brush brands that will leave you feeling confident, knowing that your beauty routine is aligned with your values.
From sustainably sourced materials to cruelty-free manufacturing, these brands have embraced a holistic approach to beauty that celebrates both the individual and the environment so that you’ll look flawless without having to give up on quality products!
Bdellium Tools was first founded in 2009 in California. They specialize in makeup brushes and proudly make all their products cruelty-free.
Their Green Bambu, Yellow Bambu, Purple Bambu, and Pink Bambu Series are all eco-friendly makeup brushes. They’re made with soft synthetic bristles, and the handles are made with bamboo.
INIKA makeup brushes are 100% vegan and made from the softest synthetic fibers, and their wood handles are sustainably sourced. Their professional vegan brush roll set also comes in a recyclable black canvas!
All their makeup ingredients are ethically sourced, and their products even contain antioxidants to protect your skin from environmental stressors. They pride themselves in only using pure botanicals and earth-derived minerals, which are all organic and vegan.
100% Pure’s makeup brushes are sustainable and vegan, made from recycled PBT plastic bottles.
All 100% Pure ingredients are from plant, mineral, and/or marine vegetation. They don’t contain toxic or harsh ingredients and are naturally pigmented from fruits, vegetables, tea, and cocoa. They are also certified cruelty-free and make sure their ingredients are never animal-derived.
EcoTools brushes are made with the best sustainable material, such as recycled aluminum and plastic, renewable bamboo, and soft synthetic bristles.
Their packaging is made with 20% cotton and 80% bamboo fibers, making it 100% tree-free.
Who doesn’t love sustainable and ethically made brushes? This Brush Set and Canister are made with ethically sourced bamboo and Taklon bristles for a cruelty-free alternative. The Taklon bristles are naturally non-porous, anti-bacterial, and hypoallergenic. It also comes with a 100% cotton roll-up carrying case! What’s not to love?
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The Body Shop was founded in 1976 by Anita Roddick with the intention of creating a brand that empowers women while helping sustain a beautiful world. They have their own line of eco-friendly and vegan makeup brushes that are made with synthetic bristles, aluminum, and sustainably sourced bamboo.
7. KVD Beauty
Kat Von D brushes are cruelty-free and made with the softest bristles. Their brand also makes non-toxic perfume and vegan makeup. They uphold strict ethical sourcing policies and only do business with companies that follow the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010.
Why You Should Choose Synthetic Makeup Brushes
Most synthetic brushes are made from things like nylon, Taclon, and polyester. While these aren’t compostable and should be thrown away at the end of their life, I do believe that at the end of the day, animal welfare is most important.
This doesn’t mean I think you should be careless about your makeup brushes, but quite the opposite. I think it’s essential to get as much life from your brushes as possible, especially from brushes where the handles are not compostable.
If you want to learn more about the advantages of synthetic bristles over natural hair, you can read more about it here.
Below are some tips to help you keep your brushes as eco-friendly as possible because the less waste, the better.
Tips for the Most Eco-Friendly Brushes
Buy Only What You Need – if you already have some brushes, then it’s not really necessary to buy more. When focusing on our environmental impact, it’s so important to remember that the less you consume, the less of an impact you have.
Take Care of Your Brushes – it’s essential to take good care of your brushes so that they last as long as possible. You should wash them after every other use to avoid product buildup, which won’t be good for your skin either.
Reuse and Properly Dispose of Old Brushes – once you notice your brushes starting to wear out (bristles falling out and/or becoming misshapen), don’t throw them out. Instead, repurpose them in a different way, like for painting. If you can compost or recycle the handle at the end of its life (double-check this), make sure to cut the bristles off before doing so.
Buy Sustainable Makeup Brushes – this should be easier after reading this post! You now have 7 different options to choose from, but still, remember only to buy what you need because over-consuming isn’t sustainable even if you’re buying from sustainable brands.
I hope this helps you make more sustainable choices regarding your makeup products! These small decisions really add up to something significant and impactful, and I’m so proud of you for taking these steps to live a more sustainable and ethical life.
What you do matters! Never forget it.
Best wishes on your journey toward sustainability,