Top Zero Waste Makeup Brands to Help You Go Plastic-free Next Year

We know how every woman is trying to play there part in the most challenging areas to go plastic-free.

We see how makeup brands promise “perfect results.” But is anyone promising to reduce plastic waste? The beauty industry is one of the top offenders in the packaging space for plastic waste.

Learn which brands contribute to plastic-free makeup and how you can play your part by going zero waste makeup and making the environment friendly to live an easy and joyful life. 

For the coming year, we suggest every woman out there start with a resolution to contribute to plastic-free makeup before it starts to feel like a burden on our souls.

Before writing this blog, we researched how many brands are offering the best zero waste makeup products that are environmental-friendly, safe, and use high-quality ingredients.

We have created a list that will be helpful for you. So let’s get started!


Elate Cosmetics

Products: Eyes, lips, face

Elate Cosmetics has topped the list by offering refillable and recyclable products as a brand offering zero waste makeup. Every product that this brand offers is compostable or recyclable and is 75% plastic-free. They use bamboo as the basis of most products, which are not chemically treated and are sustainably sourced.

The makeup products come in tin containers with a small magnet that fits easily into their reusable bamboo palettes. Moreover, tin containers are easily recycled and refillable. 

Lipsticks, Mascaras, and lip glosses are contained in a recyclable inner tube and bamboo outer casing. Enjoy crushing the outer bamboo layer for composting, clean out the inner tube and recycle with your other household recyclables.

Antonym Cosmetics

Products: Foundation, blush, and eye color

Antonym’s brand is offering makeup that is certified by ECOCERT. All the products & packaging are 3rd party verified to meet environmental standards. They guarantee cruelty-free, and the only non-vegan ingredient they use is beeswax (in the lipstick only). Their bamboo compacts are pretty and can be easily recycled.

River Organics

Products: Lips, Eyes, Face

A Natural Product chemist & an Art Historian came together and created this zero waste makeup brand that can be completely trusted as they offer high-quality products with minimal environmental impact.

All products are packaged in plastic-free paper tubes that are easily recycled. Even the brand labels are made with natural fiber, free of chemicals and bleaching, allowing them to be biodegradable and compostable. The brand is conscious of the environment; even their business cards are made from recycled kraft paper, home-printed, and hand-cut.

Moreover, all their products are free of plastic-wrapping, and their solid makeup, such as lip products, highlighters, and blush, is a solid 2 inches of product, meaning you’ll be able to use it longer and create less waste!


 Products: Pretty much everything

RMS is a popular brand, and you will be most likely to find it at any in-store retailer. It was known to be one of the first few companies that came forward to prioritize clean ingredients in 2009. Since then, the brand has been recognized by many conventional outlets like Vogue, InStyle, Allure, and more.

RMS guarantees using only organic and toxic-free ingredients. All their cream makeup products come in recycled glass pots, and the boxes are made from 80% post-consumer recycled fiber and manufactured using 100% wind power.

So, everything is non-GMO, soy-free, gluten-free (except for the volumizing mascara!), and cruelty-free.

The idea is to make it work for your skin & create an even look. RMS products make sure that you don’t get cakiness that often comes with regular concealers and foundations.

We have listed only a few brands that have committed to more sustainable packaging, but more needs to be done, and more can be done.

With this blog, we want to encourage all women out there to start prioritizing sustainable makeup products. Not only for our planet but to raise awareness of what chemicals are in these products.

By supporting one of these five brands, or any other zero waste makeup brand, you’re using your money to represent what you care about and helping the brands who align with your beliefs keep creating sustainable products. Happy Shopping!