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- Mascara can often use animal-derived products like beeswax and sericin (from silk worms) which are not vegan
- There are unfortunately still many beauty brands that test of animals and many that use animal-derived ingredients, making them unsuitable for vegans
- Every year the beauty industry creates more than 142 billion units of packaging a year, the vast majority of which is plastic
Cutting down on plastic and unnecessary waste like mascara wands is a great way of making your makeup routine greener. And if you're concerned about animal welfare, look for our vegan and cruelty-free accreditations which require brands to have strict certifications from independent bodies like Vegan Society and Cruelty-Free International.
Palm Oil-Free Mascara
Ingredient lists for mascara can include a huge variety of synthetic ingredients, creating complex supply chains and making it harder to verify how sustainably materials have been sourced. Palm oil, a crop which is widely linked to deforestation and environmental damage, appears in several mainstream mascara products.
There are plenty of vegan and cruelty-free mascaras now on the market, allowing you to unleash your lashes while protecting the wellbeing of animals.
Low Waste Mascara
Makeup packaging can be difficult to deal with and recycle after use, especially if it's not totally used up. Start by looking for plastic-free and low waste options, but if that's not possible look for recyclable packaging and schemes that allow you to return packaging to a brand for processing after use. Using a 'mascara cake' with a reusable mascara wand can help reduce waste and plastic packaging.