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Cosmetic Companies That Offer Environmentally Friendly Products

written by: heatherschulte•edited by: Tania Cowling•updated: 3/16/2010

Many cosmetic companies use environmentally friendly practices when manufacturing products. If you are interested in purchasing eye shadow, blushes, and lip colors that are made with natural ingredients, try brands such as Aveda, Lavera, and Dr. Hauschka. Learn more about these cosmetic companies.

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    An increasing number of environmentally friendly cosmetic companies are abandoning the practices of formulating their products with synthetic ingredients and are no longer packaging their products in non-biodegradable, non-recyclable materials. As a result of these endeavors, consumers have a wide range of green cosmetics available for their use. These three companies are among those that develop cosmetics with the goal of decreasing both energy consumption and the use of man-made fillers:

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    Aveda is a Minnesota-based company that offers cosmetics, skin care products, and hair products. Since 1978, Aveda has contributed to sustaining the planet through green methods such as:

    --using ingredients that are derived from plants and other natural sources such as water and non-petroleum minerals.

    --using biodegradable ingredients that are responsibly sourced from ecosystems and derived from non-endangered plants.

    --packaging cosmetics and other products in recyclable plastic bottles, glass jars, and paper cartons.

    --using wind power as an alternative and renewable energy source when manufacturing products.

    Aveda is a Green-e Certified cosmetic company that participates in fundraising for Earth Month and recycling campaigns.

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    Lavera skin care products and organic cosmetics are widely available throughout Europe and the United States. A German company founded in 1987, Lavera develops products that are free of synthetic additives.

    --The ingredients used in Lavera cosmetics and skin care formulas are derived from organic farming methods, which help to lower the amount of toxins and pesticides in the environment.

    --Lavera products do not contain dead animal tissue, synthetic or petrochemical compounds, or genetically modified organisms.

    --Cosmetics and skin products are packaged with recyclable materials and free of lead and parabens.

    All Lavera products are certified in Germany with the BDIH Certified Natural Cosmetics seal of approval. Lavera has received several awards within the realm of green beauty.

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    Dr. Hauschka

    Dr. Hauschka Skin Care is a European company that began manufacturing plant-based hair, skin, and cosmetic treatments in 1967. Consumers who purchase Dr. Hauschka products help the environment in the following ways:

    --The botanical ingredients used in Dr. Hauschka cosmetic formulas are grown in Biodynamics-certified gardens. These gardens are part of an independently sustainable ecosystem.

    --Dr. Hauschka cosmetics and other products are paraben-free and do not contain synthetic preservatives.

    --Product packaging is made from recyclable glass and plastics, and product caps are made of biodegradable material.

    Like Lavera, the Dr. Hauschka Skin Care company is BDIH-certified. This cosmetic company has received awards that reflect ethical and eco-conscious practices. Dr. Hauschka also endorses green non-profit organizations such as RSF Social Finance and Heifer International.

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    Environmentally friendly cosmetic companies are a positive force in the beauty industry. By encouraging and enabling consumers to purchase organic makeup and skin care products, these companies contribute toward awareness of green living benefits.

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    1) Aveda--

    2) Lavera--

    3) Dr. Hauschka--