These days, plastic is found in many beauty products. Here are alternative cosmetics without microplastics and the best natural cosmetics brands.
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Cosmetics are meant to enhance our beauty. However, more and more people are keen to ensure that this does not happen at any cost. They are looking for alternative cosmetics without microplastics, thus ensuring benefits for the consumer, the environment and the ocean. Numerous natural cosmetics brands therefore forego the use of microplastics and co.
They manufacture natural cosmetics that are at least as effective as conventional cosmetics. But who really makes natural cosmetics without microplastics and why is there even plastic in our cosmetics in the first place?
Cosmetics without microplastics
Many cosmetic products contain tiny polyethylene particles that are too small to be seen without a microscope. As these products are used for cleaning the face or the body in the morning and the evening, these particles enter the sea via our drainage channels. They are too small to be screened by sewage treatment plants and for the most part not biodegradable.
So it happens that the seas are polluted with microplastics which originate from our cosmetic products. Especially in peels, there are particularly many microplastics.
Not only the environment and its fragile biotope are disturbed. Scientists at Wageningen University in the Netherlands have found that the plastic particles also damage marine organisms such as mussels and fish. They absorb the particles through food and thus put a strain on their organism.
Why is there plastic in cosmetics?
The reason for using plastic in the cosmetic industry is its inexpensive production. Especially, compared to biodegradable peels such as coconut shells, salt, seeds, etc. In many cases, the cosmetics industry itself relies on a healthy ocean because more and more raw materials for cosmetics are extracted from the sea, such as sea fennel or algae anti-cellulite treatments.
With the app "Beat the Micro Bead", it is possible to scan the barcode of products and find out whether they harm the oceans. If the traffic light which the app displays is red, the company uses microspheres and does not take a stance against it. If it is orange, the company has committed itself to withdrawing microplastics and if the traffic lights are green, the company completely renounces microplastics.
The best natural cosmetics brands
The following natural cosmetics brands are just a few that have dedicated themselves to cosmetics without microplastics and also focus on other aspects of sustainability. These include refraining from animal testing, environmentally friendly packaging or the own or fair cultivation of ingredients.
- Honest by Jessica Alba
- i + m
- Kora Organics
- Dr. Hauschka
1. Honest by Jessica Alba
Clean beauty by Jessica Alba. The famous actress's natural cosmetic brand places special emphasis on selected ingredients that are free of pollutants and microplastics. Here, transparency is key.
The so-called "NO List" stands for carefully selected and verified ingredients, no animal testing and strict quality controls. An internal laboratory helps to develop new formulas. Alba aims to provide skin care and make-up that emphasize the beauty of different women.
Aveda was founded by Horst Rechelbacher, who is a pioneer in holistic beauty and environmental responsibility. In line with Ayurvedic principles, Aveda relies on the use of medicinal herbs from organic and biodynamic agriculture.
The medicinal herbs are obtained using an environmentally friendly extraction method with CO2 at low temperatures. The company is also committed to converting farms in India to organic ones.
3. i + m
The vegan natural cosmetic brand from Berlin is the winner of the German Sustainability Award 2019. It rejects stereotypical beauty ideals because beauty has many faces and every skin has its individual needs. There is also a strict rejection of the exploitation of animals.
The brand therefore stands for fairness, ecology and animal protection. Natural ingredients from organic farming, low resource consumption and recyclability are self-evident for the brand. In 2014, the i + m women's shelter was moreover built in Zambia. There, women can find protection from violence as well as (self-)help.
Weleda is one of the best-known natural cosmetics brands and has a wide range of shower gels, shampoos, body oils, deodorants and even sun protection products: 100 percent cosmetics without microplastics. The products are also NATRUE-certified and made from natural organic raw materials. They come from certified wild collections or from own cultivation. Many of the products are vegan and fundamentally free of animal testing. Weleda does not use microplastics.
5. Kora Organics
Clean Beauty by supermodel Miranda Kerr. In 2009 the model founded her own beauty label Kora Organics in Australia. Your products are vegan and cruelty free. In addition, only natural ingredients are used, such as rose hip oil, sea buckthorn oil and green tea. Your Noni Glow is particularly popular because it comes from the extract of the Noni tree. The philosophy of the model and the brand: care for skin and soul.
6. Dr. Hauschka
Dr. Hauschka is one of the oldest natural cosmetic brands. The brand belongs to Wala Heilmittel GmbH, which was founded by Rudolf Hauschka in the XNUMXs. Since its foundation, the company has been exemplary with suppliers and supports socially and environmentally compatible cultivation projects around the world. Of course, this also means that all Dr. Hauschka products are cosmetics without microplastics.
Nature's helpers as a care product
When a large part of the beauty industry sticks its head in the sand, consumers are not allowed to do the same and instead need to devote themselves to the manufacturers who care about the beauty of the whole world. It is our responsibility to use care products without plastic. After all, nature's helpers are so generously offered to us.