For most of us, lotion is one of our skincare essentials. Lotion keeps our skin moisturized and healthy, and we tend to use it every day. As such, choosing a sustainable, zero waste lotion can have a big environmental impact over time. Thankfully, switching to zero waste lotion bars and balms is pretty easy to do, thanks to the numerous sustainable skincare brands producing them.
Below, we’ve put together the ten best brands to find the perfect zero waste lotion for any skin type.
WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE ZERO WASTE LOTION H2 Heading
The majority of lotion brands package their products in large plastic bottles. It can be difficult, or impossible, to get the bottles clean enough to recycle after use. While more brands are using recycled and recyclable plastic packaging, lotion pumps or caps usually can’t be recycled. This waste adds up – especially when we use lotion daily.
Thankfully, numerous brands are now producing a variety of zero waste lotions to choose from.
Zero waste lotion doesn’t further contribute to landfill waste. Everything is biodegradable and/or recyclable. From the ingredients to the packaging, if there is any packaging, no waste is left behind. This is why it’s best to choose a zero waste option if possible.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN ZERO WASTE & SUSTAINABLE LOTION H3 heading
There are numerous ways a lotion can be sustainable. What you’re looking for depends on your needs and preferences. That being said, there are a few key things to keep in mind when choosing a zero waste, sustainable lotion.
Most zero waste lotions should have several, if not all, of the following:
- Reusable and/or recyclable, recycled/upcycled packaging
- Biodegradable ingredients and packaging
- Natural fragrance
- Sustainably, ethically or locally sourced ingredients
- No parabens, sulfates or silicone
- Transparent and sustainable production methods
OUR TOP PICKS FOR ZERO WASTE LOTION, BARS, AND BALMS:
Pricing: $13-$17 USD H4 heading
Ethique is one of my personal favorite brands for zero waste products. They are an entirely plastic-free, cruelty-free, woman-owned company. Ethique has a wide variety of zero waste lotion bars to choose from, both scented and unscented. They even have a travel size option that comes in a compostable tube so you can easily transport your lotion with no mess. Each lotion bar is vegan, palm oil-free, and made with only natural ingredients like organic cocoa butter ethically sourced from a farm in the Dominican Republic.