When it comes to beauty products, the concept of “ethical” products gets complicated. While issues like animal testing might come to mind right away, there are many other variables to consider when trying to find an ethically made beauty brand. Sustainable Jungle divides these variables into two categories: ingredients and business practices. Products that are made ethically will contain ingredients that are cruelty-free, organic and natural, vegan, and palm oil free. Sustainable and ethical business practices, on the other hand, include ethical sourcing, thoughtful packaging, robust waste and resource management, and charitable giving.
This can be a lot to consider, so this week Mindful Supply wants to highlight some product lines that are ethical.
This UK based company has been on the forefront of ethical skin care since the early 1980s. Cruelty-free, fair trade, and organic, Neal’s Yard Remedies products have been recognized by organizations including PETA and the Fairtrade Foundation and in 2017 was rated an Ethical Consumer “Best Buy.”As they explain, “we are committed to the environment and mitigating climate change, and we campaign loudly to make the world a better place, one blue bottle at a time.”
This bath products company is known for its stance against animal cruelty and animal testing. They also established a Lush Prize of 250,000£ to help promote research for alternatives to animal testing. While not all of their products are paraben free, the company is transparent about what they use in their products and why.
These small batch, handcrafted products are designed to use a minimal amount of chemicals. They explain, “Healing is reflected in the way we choose to do business, in right relationship with people and plants. We work with plants that are abundant, ethically harvested and organically cultivated and combine them in formulations that are radically non-toxic. Our priority is to use reusable, recyclable containers, and to minimize superfluous packaging.”