Cosmetics

Most beauty products come in plastic bottles, jars, or tubes that can’t be recycled. And even if they can, chances are they have caps and pumps that will last indefinitely in a landscape of trash. No matter how pure the formula is, it’s not eco-friendly if it comes in single-use plastic. Only containers with 1 and 2 inside the recycle arrows are likely to be recycled.

The good news is, there are a few amazing brands designed with you and the planet in mind. These leading edge products are formulated with pure ingredients, and they are packaged to significantly reduce or eliminate plastic waste.

The brands we love most enhance beauty by supporting the health behind it. In other words, they don’t just mask what’s underneath. They nourish it. They also support the health and beauty of our planet. All are premium products in recyclable, refillable, and biodegradable packaging. 

Choose freely from this small but growing collection knowing that you are doing a truly beautiful thing. We will continue to add to our shop as we make new discoveries. So keep coming back for more.

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TreStique claims to be the first-ever, zero-waste, refillable cosmetics system. Although they use plastic, none of it is disposable. Every product is designed to buy once and refill forever. The refillable parts are recyclable. 87% of the plastic they use is from recycled materials, 9% is virgin, and all products come in recyclable cardboard printed with soy-based ink.

The formulas are PETA-certified vegan and surpass safety guidelines of the US and EU. TreStique demonstrates transparency in all the ingredients they do and don’t use.

All the products we’ve tested perform as well as, if not better than premium makeup armored in throw-away plastic. So there’s no compromise on quality or satisfaction.

Explore the Trestique Store for more great products!

Pigment rich eyeliners come in Irish Emerald, Roman Bronze, Cote D’Azur Amethyst. All are refillable, and the inner plastic tube is recyclable.

The fluid-like formula glides on without clumps, gaps, or breaking off. Create different looks from smoky to cat eye. You can use it in the water line because the formula is water-resistant and gentle enough for sensitive eyes.

When it’s time for another tube order a refill and recycle the empty.

Trestique Lip Crayons are two-in-one, lip balm and color. And they’re endlessly refillable. When you need more just replace with a refill. They moisturize, nourish, and color your lips without any harmful ingredients.

For a modern matte finish choose from six matte colors:

For a supple shine chose from seven prime and shine colors:.

Trestique refillable foundation is a weightless, creamy formula that gives buildable coverage, and an attached blending sponge that can be easily removed for cleaning. When you run out just buy the refill. The empty part is recyclable. It comes in 11 shades, sometimes more.

Rich in hyaluronic acid it hydrates skin and helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The Carrot Complex is a naturally safe shield from the damaging effects of blue light.

Warning! You may fall in love with this foundation.

Attitude

Sunscreens & Oceanly

Attitude Skin Care

Attitude continues to expand their ocean-inspired skin care line, which is 100% plastic free, cruelty-free, and hypoallergenic. Basic care starts with an Oceanly routine. Then protect with a sunscreen that also creates a rich moisture barrier. And top it off with a creamy blush that enriches as much as it colors. 

Your skin will glow from within!

Attitude Sunscreen is an everyday essential if you want to protect your skin from the elements. This hypoallergenic formula is SPF 30, and strengthens your skin’s moisture barrier with nourishing ingredients like shea butter and coconut oil. The lightly tinted formula blends seamlessly into all skin tones and types. If your skin is super sensitive try the Oatmeal Sensitive formula. Both give full UVA and UVB protection.

This is a comprehensive skin care system for all skin types. The key ingredient is phytoglycogen, a plant-derived material that is proven to work better than hyaluronic acid for long-term hydration. It increases moisture and collagen production from within and works with other natural ingredients to nourish different skin types. 

A great way to get started with Oceanly is to try one of the Daily Facial Care box sets. Each has four travel size bars: cleanser, serum, cream, and facial oil. Glow is for younger skin. Age is for older and wiser skin.

Oceanly tops off the perfection of their skin care line with a blush that adds moisture as well as color. Hydrating phytoglycogen and algae extract combine with vitamin C and peptides to give your skin a lush glow.  Choose from five naturally sophisticated shades.

Like all Oceanly skin care, the blush comes in a biodegradable cardboard tube that lasts as long as you’ll need it, then dissolves without a trace. The vegan, cruelty-free formula is EWG Verified. The Environment Working Group’s Verified seal of approval represents the strictest standards for transparency and health.

This New Zealand based brand is completely plastic-free, and their products are formulated to meet your highest standards. Start with a lip balm or award-winning lipstick, then sample their hair and skin line. 

Ethique lip balms are rich, hydrating and come in flavors and tints to appeal to almost anyone. They sooth and protect with natural ingredients such as cocoa butter, Vitamin E, and jojoba oil.

The tube is biodegradable cardboard that you can toss without guilt. One tube holds two and a half times as much lip loving care as a common plastic tube, and it’s much kinder to the planet and you.

For more color with all the same lip loving ingredients try Ethique’s award winning lipsticks. They come in seven shades and are proud winners of Australia’s Good Design Award – Best in Class.

All Ethique products are 100% plastic-free, vegan, cruelty-free & palm-oil free. Packaging is also 100% plastic-free. They are one of our favorite brands. Be sure to explore the Ethique Store.

Sprout has gone beyond plastic-free. They claim to make the world’s first plantable makeup. The eyeliner and brow pencils go on soft and smooth, with creamy glide formulas in what looks like a fairly normal wooden pencil. But once they’re too short to sharpen you can plant them in your garden or planter and enjoy fragrant bee-friendly wildflowers.

Sprout eyeliner and browliner come in black and brown. All are waterproof, 100% non-toxic, biodegradable, and vegan. Even the caps and seed-filled tips are made from sugar cane, not plastic. When your pencil is done, plant it and enjoy the wild flowers.

All Sprout pencils and packaging are either Cradle to Cradle or FSC certified.  Every time a tree is harvested, another one is planted.

You really need a good sharpener to get the most out of Sprout pencils

We’ve tried many and highly recommend the Julep. It gives a perfect point without breaking or splintering the wood or the color core. The blade is carbon steel. Although the body is plastic, Julep says it’s the last sharpener you’ll ever buy. We can justify this since it can keeps so many plastic eye and brow liners out of landfill. Maybe one of your children will inherit it.

Why Unplastix

We are constantly looking for products that will make it easy for you to take care of yourself and the planet at the same time. 

Our standards are as high as yours. We consider these criteria and more in our reviews and product ranking. We also want your feedback and recommendations.

Plastic-free

Cruelty-free

Non-toxic

Recyclable