8 Eco-Friendly Fashion and Beauty Companies That Are Helping Save the World
Did you know the fashion industry is responsible for 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions?
When we think of what it takes to save the environment and reduce our carbon footprint, we typically think of oil and gas companies, animal agriculture, and the burning of fossil fuels. Have you ever thought about the fashion industry though? Though we may not realize it, the fashion industry is one of the biggest contributors to pollution and global warming. It’s responsible for 5%of global greenhouse gas emissions, which is equivalent to the impact of every single plane flying in the world. And not only is it harmful to our planet, but various chemicals used within the industry are responsible for the deaths of thousands of farmers and producers who work in close vicinities to these chemicals. The good news is more and more brands are becoming conscious of exactly how their production processes are impacting the environment and are swapping out traditional processes for more ethical ones. We gathered together 8 Eco-Friendly Fashion and Beauty Companies That Are Helping Save the World so you can be a part of something that is helping save our environment one step at a time.
- Fighting Animal Testing
- Ethical Buying
- 100% Vegetarian
- 80% Vegan
- Naked Packaging
LUSH Cosmetics only tests on human volunteers and has been fighting against animal testing for decades, only purchasing ingredients from companies that don’t test on animals.
When sourcing ingredients for products, LUSH stresses the importance of knowing where each ingredient comes from, how they’re made, and how they impact the communities that produce them. Their Ethical Buying team works hard researching and meeting with suppliers and producers to ensure that they, along with the materials they sell, meet LUSH’s standards.
All LUSH products are 100% vegetarian and more than 80% of them are completely vegan (some products contain eggs, honey, and yogurt).
35% of LUSH’s products are totally unpackaged, or as they call it, “naked.” The rest of their products are packaged using recyclable and recycled materials. Products such as their shampoo bars and massage bars save millions of plastic bottles from being produced and their knot-wraps, which are made from reusable fabric made from organic cotton or recycled plastic bottles, can be reused again and again.
- Sustainable Packaging
- Stores Powered with Renewable or Carbon Balanced Energy
- 100% of Ingredients are Traceable and Sustainably Sourced
- Against Animal Testing
- The World Bio-Bridges Mission
Sustainable packaging reduced the impact on the environment by consuming fewer resources during production and increasing recyclability.
To help tackle climate change, The Body Shop powers their stores with renewable energy. This decreases the production of greenhouse gas emissions which helps combat climate change.
The Body Shop was the first global beauty brand to fight against animal testing in cosmetics. They’re fighting to end all animal testing across the world. (P.S. you can click HERE to sign the petition to end animal testing!)
With the World Bio-Bridges Mission, The Body Shop aims to build ten Bio-Bridges by 2020. Bio-Bridges protect and regenerate corridors between healthy rainforest, linking isolated and endangered animals and plant species which allows them to thrive and breed.
- Natural Ingredients
- Recyclable Packaging
All of Yes To’s products are made with at least 95% natural ingredients. None of their products are formulated with parabens, chemical sunscreens, or any other potentially harmful ingredients.
Yes To is cruelty-free and a certified member of the Leaping Bunny Program. They only test their products on employees, friends, and family.
All of Yes To’s products are packaged in recyclable packaging whenever possible.
- Organic Formulas
- Vegan & No Animal Testing
- Sustainable Company Practices
- Social Giving
Juice Beauty’s products are made from authentically organic formulas made with only certified organic ingredients. They choose to do this in order to enhance powerful antioxidants and limit pesticide and synthetic fertilizer residue. Products are formulated without parabens, petroleum, pesticides, silicones, carbon black, talc, artificial dyes, and more.
Juice Beauty’s products are made without any animal byproducts and are Leaping Bunny certified. They refuse to ever test on animals.
This company uses only sustainable practices. They utilize solar and wind power and source locally. Their boxes are made with recycled or FSC certified paper, printed with soy/non-toxic ink, and sourced in the USA.
Juice Beauty is also a longtime partner with The Breast Cancer Prevention Partners and EWG – Environmental Working Group.
- One for One – Shoes, Sight, Water
- Aid in Providing Safe Birth
- Aid in Preventing Bullying
Each time you purchase a pair of TOMS shoes, TOMS will give a pair of shoes to someone in need.
TOMS eyewear purchases provide a person in need with a full eye exam by trained medical professionals. Each patient then receives the treatment he or she needs.
More than 780 million people don’t have access to safe water systems, so each bag of TOMS Roasting Co. coffee provides 140 liters of safe water (a week’s supply) to a person in need. TOMS’ Giving Partners help create sustainable water systems in seven countries.
Infection is a leading cause of death for mothers and newborns worldwide. Because of this, TOMS Bags purchases support their Giving Partners in delivering the vital materials and training needed to help provide a safe birth regardless of the facility.
Nearly 1 out of every 3 students reports being bullied, so TOMS High Road Backpack purchases help provide the training of school staff and crisis counselors to help prevent and respond to instances of bullying.
- Sustainable Practices & Green Building
- Sustainable Packaging and Products
- Community Service
Reformation’s factory uses the most efficient, eco-friendly and pro-social technologies and practices they can get. They invest in green building infrastructure to minimize waste, water, and energy footprints. They source electricity offsets from 100% wind power suppliers and use LED lighting and Energy Star-rated appliances in their office.
Reformation recycles, composts organic wastes, and donates or recycles their textile scraps whenever possible. They currently recycle 75% of all garbage, with a goal of reaching over 85%.
In the office, Reformation purchases 100% recycled-content paper and pens made from recycled tires. Their hangers are made from recycled paper and use reusable totes rather than plastic bags.
Reformation offers their staff one paid day off per month to volunteer and company-wide service days several times a year. They celebrate staff birthdays by donating to TreePeople, an organization that supports urban forests in LA by planting a tree in their name.
- Tees for Trees
With every purchase of a tee, Amour Vert plants a tree in North America with their partner American Forest. Amour Vert is deeply committed to making positive impacts on the environment and they have already planted more than 160,000 trees.
Amour Vert manufactures their clothing in America using non-toxic dyes, sustainable fabrics, and a zero-waste philosophy.
- Ethical Sourcing Program
- Business for Development
- Sustainable Suppliers
Cotton On’s Ethical Sourcing Program aims to protect worker’s rights and the environment as well as strengthen their supplier relationships and commitment to traceability, transparency, cotton sourcing, and sustainability.
Cotton On is proud to be cruelty-free and protects the rights of all animals. They do not conduct or commission animal testing on ingredients, formulations, or finished beauty or personal care products.
Cotton On has partnered with Business for Development which is a non-for-profit organization that exists to solve extreme poverty through inclusive economic growth. The Cotton On Group began to launch its very own sustainable cotton project in Kenya which now supports over 1,000 smallholder farmers.
Materials used by Cotton On are sourced from a number of locations worldwide. Cotton On is proud to have great working relationships with each of their suppliers and continually work closely with them to ensure the environments in which their products are made are safe, fair, and sustainable.