Sustainable & Affordable Beauty Brands

Updated: May 19

While the sustainability movement is often more interested in the impacts of the fashion industry rather than the impact of beauty products, the beauty industry, generally, is by no means eco-friendly. More than 120 billion units of packaging are produced every year by the global cosmetics industry and the majority of beauty products come packaged in non-biodegradable plastic.


Luckily, some beauty brands are taking steps to reduce their climate footprint and many are doing so whilst ensuring their pricing is affordable. Here are some of the brands that deserve a pat on the back, and your support, for their eco-efforts… Times are changing, and we need to keep up!


Beauty Pie

Why pay £25 for a luxury lipstick when it really costs £2.46? Beauty Pie’s innovative membership allows you to buy high-end, luxury beauty products for less money, whilst helping to protect the environment! Currently, the majority of make-up packaging ends up in landfill sites. To help combat this issue, Beauty Pie uses plant-based inks and recyclable and recycled packaging, whilst keeping all foil usage to a maximum of 30% in packaging, to ensure that they are recyclable. Not only does this keep the price down but also makes the brand as ecologically conscious as possible!

Monthly memberships are £10/month, plus any products you buy (at the member's price).

Spectrum Brushes (vg)

There are plenty of affordable and environmentally conscious makeup brushes out there, but none can compete with Spectrum Brushes. This independent brand has cut their plastic packaging by 50% in 2018 and have given 1% of its gross revenue to plastic clean-up concerns.

Price ranges from £3.99 - £10.99 per brush

Neal’s Yard

Successfully campaigning alongside Greenpeace against microbead use, Neal’s Yard is the first British brand to be Look For Zero certified. This year it launched a recycling scheme inviting customers to bring in their old nonrecyclable containers from any brands for reuse; their own packaging is made from glass.

Their customer’s favourites range from £17 - £75

LUSH (V)

Lush has paved the way for sustainable beauty brands everywhere, since its creation in 1995. Around 90% of their packaging is recycled, including plastic and paper that is 100% PCR (Post-Consumer Recycled). According to the company, half of Lush’s products can be taken home without any packaging, and its Naked shop in Manchester is England’s first plastic packaging-free beauty and cosmetics store.

Their skincare ranges from £1.50 - £44

L’Occitane

This slightly more high-end brand boasts its long history of recycling. L’Occitane has never given out plastic bags in-store and has been recycling since the 1990’s. It has reportedly already saved 28 tonnes of plastic. By 2025 it is hoping to only supply 100% recycled plastic and for all of their shops to offer recycling. They also offer Recharge Refill products, which promote the reuse of materials and packaging.

Their skincare products range from £9 - £80


Get shopping (sustainably) !!


This article was first published by The Mancunion - and written by me!

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