Bad news first: Nearly 50 percent of Americans don’t recycle their empty beauty and personal care products—kinda understandable, given how confusing the rules around tossing these containers can be. But it’s also kinda scary, considering that billions (yep, you read that right, BILLIONS) of new packaging pieces that are produced for the cosmetics industry every single year. Now for the good news: Recycling and properly disposing of our empties is getting a lot easier, as sustainable hair, makeup, and skincare brands work to clarify, simplify, and streamline the planet-saving process for consumers. So if you’ve been totally overwhelmed by the idea of switching up your beauty routine—even if you know you really should—here are the nine best recyclable beauty products that you’ll feel good about incorporating into your routine.
Best Recyclable Face Wash
Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Purifying Gel Cleanser
Best Recyclable Eyeshadow Palette
Athr Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Eyeshadow Palette
Unlike many eyeshadow palettes, Athr’s doesn’t use hard-to-recycle pieces like mirrors or magnets. This one’s made from aluminum and paper, so you can just separate the two and toss ’em in your recycling bin.
Best Recyclable Face Mist
PYT Beauty One & Done Setting Spray
On the PYT Beauty website, you can select a product and click the “How I’m Sustainable” tab. It’ll break down each of the materials and components that make up the packaging plus how to separate and properly recycle them.
Best Recyclable Lip Balm
Ethique Pepped Up Cooling Peppermint Lip Balm
Nearly 200 million plastic lip balm tubes are produced every year, and the vast majority of them aren’t recycled. It’s the reason why Ethique created this minty, moisturizing formula that’s housed in biodegradable paper packaging that’s fully compostable both at home and curbside.
Best Recyclable Shampoo
Garnier Whole Blends Honey Treasures Shampoo Bar
This innovative shampoo bar (one bar lasts about two months) is made with zero percent plastic so you don’t have to do any guessing when it comes to recycling. Once you open the cardboard packaging, simply drop it in your recycling bin and you’re done.
Best Recyclable Sunscreen
Saie Sunvisor Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 35
Best Recyclable Moisturizer
Kinship Supermello Hydrating Gel-Cream Moisturizer
All of Kinship’s products—including this hydrating face moisturizer—take sustainability to another level. The lid and jar are made with ocean waste plastic (aka plastic that’s been collecting during ocean clean ups) and post-consumer recycled plastic and is easily recycled too—just wipe it clean and drop it in your blue bin.
Best Recyclable Mascara
Izzy Zero Waste Mascara
Best Recyclable Body Wash
Love Beauty and Planet Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Body Wash
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