In recent years, the call for environmental consciousness has been growing louder, and the beauty industry in India is no exception. Brands, both indigenous and international, are redefining their approach to packaging, seeking sustainable alternatives that resonate with eco-aware consumers. Here’s a deep dive into how the beauty realm is prioritizing the planet.
1. Minimalist Packaging
Trend: Less is more. Brands are reducing excessive outer boxes, wrappers, and inserts, leading to decreased waste.
Brands in Action: Brands like “Juicy Chemistry” and “Neemli Naturals” opt for minimalistic packaging, emphasizing the product’s purity and the brand’s commitment to reducing waste.
2. Refill Stations and Systems
Trend: Taking a cue from old-school practices, brands are establishing refill stations or sending refills in sustainable pouches.
Brands in Action: Popular brand “Kjaer Weis” offers luxurious beauty products in refillable compacts, making a significant reduction in waste.
3. Biodegradable Materials
Trend: Materials that naturally break down, ensuring they don’t remain in landfills for centuries.
Brands in Action: “Bare Necessities” is an Indian brand using biodegradable materials for its skincare and personal care products.
4. Recyclable and Upcycled Packaging
Trend: Using materials that can either be recycled or have already been recycled, ensuring a circular economy.
Brands in Action: “Plum” encourages customers to send back empties for recycling and rewards them for the effort, championing the recyclability cause.
5. Glass Over Plastic
Trend: Many brands are ditching plastic containers for glass, which is recyclable and considered more sustainable.
Brands in Action: Renowned brands like “Forest Essentials” and “Kama Ayurveda” package their premium products in glass containers.
6. Soy-based Inks and Sustainable Papers
Trend: Opting for inks that have a minimal environmental impact and papers that are either recycled or sourced responsibly.
Brands in Action: “Disguise Cosmetics” uses soy-based inks and cardboard tubes, ensuring their products are as eco-friendly as their packaging.
7. Collaboration with Environmental Initiatives
Trend: Brands are partnering with environmental organizations to ensure proper recycling and waste reduction.
Brands in Action: MAC’s “Back to MAC” program encourages customers to return used makeup containers in exchange for a free lipstick. These containers are then 100% recycled.
The beauty industry’s shift towards sustainable packaging is not just a marketing gimmick. It’s a genuine attempt to reduce its carbon footprint and cater to the increasing consumer demand for eco-friendly products. With informed choices, consumers can support these initiatives, making beauty a boon not just for oneself but also for Mother Earth.