7 Zero Waste Lip Balms To Pucker Up For The Planet
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Lip balm is lovely. Lip balm in a plastic container. Ehh…not so much.
Plastic has all but taken over the beauty care aisles, and lip products are some of the worst offenders. But since we’re zipping our lips to any single-use plastics, we started seeking zero waste lip balm alternatives here, too.
It may not seem like a game changer, but switching to a beauty brand that uses compostable or reusable lip balm containers adds up.
If you’ve just lost your lip balm (where do they all go?!?) and need a replacement in a rush, we’d recommend taking a look at Meow Meow Tweet and their aromatherapeutic line of lip balms. River Organics for a splash of color and Plant Makeup for their use of real plants (like strawberry) in their tinted sustainable lip balm.
So, pucker up and prepare to be wooed by these lip smacking sustainable lip gloss brands.
1. RIVER ORGANICS
River Organics’ Zero Waste Lip Balm
The vegan zero waste lip balm from River Organics comes in a variety of sheer tints. For those of us who are a little indecisive, try a set of two—choosing from rose gold, bare, nude, or rouge.
The lip balms are unscented, though you may be able to smell some of the cacao butter (and who doesn’t love that?), which is combined with mango butter to make the lip balm thick and buttery smooth.
It’s 100% plastic free and comes in an eco-friendly undyed paper tube.
About River Organics
River Organics is based in Wilmington, North Carolina but was inspired by global travels.
Founders Corinne and Fabien (a former chemist for Chanel) are respectively from Canada and France and their travels to different countries in Europe and the Middle East introduced them to plant oils, instead of creams, that are perfect for sustainable skincare.
All of their products are palm oil-free, vegan, and consciously chosen to be as natural as possible. They also minimize their environmental impact by using recycled envelopes and sugarcane-based labels for shipping on top of their all paperboard product packaging.
2. MEOW MEOW TWEET
Meow Meow Tweet’s Zero Waste Lip Balm
You’ll “keep your kisser soft” with the eco friendly lip balm from Meow Meow Tweet. It includes ingredients like organic olive oil, and organic and fair trade coconut oil and cocoa seed butter.
Choose from three so-good-you’ll-want-to-eat-it-flavors like rosemary eucalyptus, sweet orange tangerine, and coconut cacao (so if you’ve been looking for coconut zero waste lip balm, here it is).
If your lips are dry, itchy, and in-need of some TLC, opt for the rosemary eucalyptus blend for its nourishing properties. Sweet orange tangerine can double as a mood booster, while the coconut cacao doesn’t contain any essential oils, so it’s the best bet for sensitive lips.
All of the lip balms are housed in a jumbo paper tube that’s biodegradable.
About Meow Meow Tweet
Meow Meow Tweet is a small-batch skincare company that uses purely natural and organic ingredients. They’re one of our favorite zero waste beauty brands, not least because their line sounds so good you could eat it. In fact, it’s been designed precisely that way:
“We develop all of our goods as if they were modern culinary dishes, from the sourcing of ingredients to the beautifully scented, healthful, and efficacious final products.”
They don’t use any palm oil or animal-derived ingredients and are Leaping Bunny cruelty-free certified. Across their massive product line (seriously, everything from deodorant to dry skin-friendly facial scrubs), they only use paper or glass packaging.
Get ready to smile even more because each time you purchase their zero waste lip balms, you can do so knowing they donate to a range of organizations dedicated to social or environmental causes. Either with one-off donations or regular contributions they’ve supported Amazon Watch, ACLU, Black Lives Matter, EarthJustice, The Ocean Cleanup, Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood, and many, many more.
3. JUNIPERSEED MERCHANTILE
Juniperseed Merchantile’s Zero Waste Lip Balm
Juniperseed’s lip balm is free of everything that shouldn’t be in eco friendly lip balm: plastic, palm oil, and animal products (except for beeswax). Instead, it includes things like organic coconut oil, avocado oil, and hemp seed oil.
The tinted zero waste lip balm comes in three varieties: sugared peach, frosted gold, and sugar plum (these change seasonally). They’ve also got an un-tinted bergamot & basil variety. If you’re wondering just how they attain these scents and flavors without synthetics, it’s all thanks to essential oils and a bit of stevia.
The lip gloss isn’t just hydrating, but a little sparkly. Who said sustainable living doesn’t come with a little sparkle?
As with others on this list, it comes in compostable paper tubes, but these ones are twice as large as a typical lipstick.
About Juniperseed Mercantile
For “Down to Earth Decadence,” Juniperseed is all that.
This Colorado business combined passions for great skincare and simple living to create all-natural bath and body products that respect the earth that sustains us. They not only choose earth-friendly materials, but also use responsible packing materials like reclaimed cardboard and paper tape.
Hoping to share their passion with the world, Juniperseed also regularly hosts educational workshops to educate their community and help to resurrect lost apothecary skills.
4. DAB HERB
Dab Herb’s Zero Waste Lip Balm
Dab Herb’s sustainable lip balm selection is very impressive.
From Lavender Vanilla to Hibiscus Grapefruit. They’ve even got 100% food-grade lip toppers to add a bit of extra shimmer to your lip gloss or lip paint, available in oh-so-many colors.
Everything is made with ingredients like hemp seed oil, avocado oil, and plant-based food pigments.
Most of their lip toppers, paints, glosses, and tints come in glass jars with metal caps or glass containers, but they also use a recyclable silver tube for one of their lip balms. Whatever the lip balm is contained in, it’s either reusable or recyclable and is always plastic-free.
About Dab Herb
Dab Herb was “founded on the basis of Nature to Nurture.” The brand combines a love of wellness and clean beauty with the intention to give.
In a world of chemical-ridden cosmetics, Dab Herb creates “medicinal makeup” by trading in harsh and toxic ingredients for natural, food-grade, organic, and vegan ingredients (just like their natural eyeshadow and zero waste mascara).
Why? Because makeup should heal, not just conceal.
They’re also invested in responsible sourcing and fair trade practices—which is why they don’t use palm oil and only use mica that is mined and processed in the US (and isn’t associated with child or forced labor). To that end, they also support the anti-human trafficking organization Made in the Free World.
They only use paper mailers to ensure plastic-free shipping and even reuse materials from their suppliers for large orders. They also accept returned containers, which they sterilize and reuse.
5. DIRTY HIPPIE COSMETICS
*Note: Not all Dirty Hippie products are guaranteed to be palm oil free at the moment, but this does not affect their lip balms.
Dirty Hippie Cosmetics’ Zero Waste Lip Balm
You know it’s the best zero waste lip balm when it can serve more than one purpose.
And that’s what you get with the nourishing vegan lip balm from Dirty Hippie, because it doubles as a cheek tint, too.
They’ve also got another nourishing zero waste lip balm, as well as one with cinnamon bark extract that’s designed to plump lips. But if you’re after a splash of color, check out their mineral lipstick pots for some pop.
DHC’s natural zero waste lip balm joins the ranks of their wide range of zero waste makeup by including ingredients like ethically sourced castor oil, natural and safe mica, and certified organic candelilla wax.
You can choose from a recycled aluminum tin or a 100% recyclable / compostable paper push tube to make it a truly zero waste lip balm.
About Dirty Hippie Cosmetics
Unless you’re new to our website, there’s a very good chance you’re familiar with Dirty Hippie Cosmetics. They’ve been in the sustainable beauty game for a while now and as a result have a cult following (zero waste skin care, sunscreen, and deodorant).
According to the Australian brand themselves, they’re “a family run business that is all about guilt free, eco conscious self love.” And what’s not to love about that? Did we mention they’re actually based in a zero waste community, too. Yep, in Bywong, Australia.
They only use vegan, cruelty free, ethically sourced ingredients—some of which are grown themselves using naturally collected rainwater and most of which are organic and fair trade. They also opt for palm oil-free ingredients, though last we heard, their supplier could no longer guarantee certain items to be palm free. This means their moisturizing creams, cream concealers, mascaras, and eyeliners may contain palm oil.
They also package their orders in recycled newspaper, post-consumer recycled boxes, and paper tape. If you live in Australia, you can return your tin or bottle to be reused.
A couple more facts that make Dirty even cleaner: they operate in a solar-powered headquarters, offset 50%+ of their emissions, and donate to heaps of charities (like animal rescues and suicide prevention organizations).
6. RAINWATER BOTANICALS
Rainwater Botanicals’ Zero Waste Lip Balm
Rainwater Botanicals keeps it simple with a colored waste free lip balm that comes in three tints or flavors.
Whether you choose Anisette, Pink Grapefruit, or Iced Mocha, you’ll get natural ingredients like wild shea butter, organic castor oil, organic tamanu oil, essential oils, and mineral color. You’ll also get a biodegradable / compostable paper board container for the big tube of lip balm.
And for those winter spells, try one of their two more nourishing healing lip balms: Sweet Birch or Tangerine Grapefruit (of which you can also opt to get in a reusable slide-lid tin container).
About Rainwater Botanicals
Rainwater Botanicals started in 1999 with a simple healing salve (still available, by the way) and they’ve continued taking care of our bodies ever since.
RB’s products are all handmade and produced in small batches. They prioritize local and organic ingredients and are committed to both the planet and the health of their customers. They never test on animals (but rather test on themselves) and are a member of The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
7. PLANT MAKEUP
Plant Makeup’s Zero Waste Lip Balm
If super cute and environmentally friendly lip balm is what you’re after, check out Plant Makeup’s plump range.
Their selection will satisfy most tint, flavor, or texture cravings. Whether you’re after Pink Puffy Cloud Shimmer Balm or Strawberry Dreamsicle Lip Balm Scrub, you’ll find what you need—with a cute name to boot.
Cute names aside, they’re serious about making quality zero waste beeswax lip balm (so this one isn’t vegan) out of real, natural ingredients. They’ve even got a strawberry lip tint that’s been made with real organic strawberries.
The adorable-looking lip gloss (yes, that’s a thing as you’ll understand after browsing their selection) comes in compostable and plastic free paperboard tubes decorated with some fun doodles related to the flavor you choose.
Some of their other options come in reusable tins or glass jars.
About Plant Makeup
Their name really says it all. Plant Makeup produces makeup that has been made with…plants
In fact, they use plant-based, local ingredients for most of their products, and steer clear of palm oil, GMOs, mineral mica tints, and oxides.
In 2004, Plant Makeup queen Jess “discovered the language of plants in a medicinal herb greenhouse.” From there, her interests blossomed into a herbal tea shop and then a line of beauty products and botanical fragrances.
The ancient wisdom of using plant-based dyes has been reborn in all of her plant makeup offerings. Everything is plant-based, 100% natural, cruelty-free, and made with love.
All PM products are packaged plastic-free in upcycled, recycled, and compostable materials.
DIY ZERO WASTE LIP BALM
If you’ve been licking your lips at the thought of trying all of these lip balms, hold your horses.
These may be some of the best and most eco-friendly lip balm brands around, but the most sustainable one of all is a zero waste lip balm, DIY style!
If you’ve got the time and the ingredients, you can minimize your packaging consumption and shipping emissions by turning your kitchen into a beauty laboratory.
If you’re in need of a zero waste lip balm recipe, there are several good ones online (like this one from Greenify Me).
As for sourcing the ingredients, start out by checking your local or online bulk store for ingredients like coconut oil, almond or avocado oil, olive oil, and beeswax or carnauba wax.
Then, get crafty by incorporating a blend of your favorite essential oils with different color powders (like rose petal powder, beetroot powder, or dried fruit blended up into a fine powder).
You’ll essentially melt your oils and then add in the essential oils and powders. It’s actually pretty simple. For a bit more guidance, we recommend checking out this step-by-step instructional video.
HOW WE FOUND THE BEST ZERO WASTE LIP BALM
Whether you’re new to Sustainable Jungle or a frequent flyer, it’s good to take a look at what sustainable beauty is to us. Essentially, our list of zero waste lip balm brands was based on these criteria:
- Thoughtful packaging – (in this case it’s either compostable or reusable)
- Cruelty free
- Vegan – though we sometimes make exceptions to the vegan rule for things like beeswax, honey, and goat milk, so long as it’s clearly sourced in an ethical way.
- Ethical ingredient sourcing policies – this requires supply chain transparency and ideally third party sourcing certifications (like Fair Trade and certified organic) so we know there’s no greenwashing.
- Palm oil-free
- Charitable initiatives – this isn’t mandatory, but it’s certainly a nice smooch-worthy addition.
Also, we realize that it isn’t always possible to meet all of our criteria (not yet anyway). That said, we prioritized zero waste packaging and natural, non-toxic ingredients for this list of zero waste lip balms.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON ZERO WASTE LIP BALM
Now pucker up, darling, because it’s time to get your smooch on and save the planet one zero waste lip balm at a time.
Whether you’ve been on a zero waste journey for years or are just starting out, it’s so important to remember that even the smallest zero waste swaps end up having a big impact.
A lip balm tube or plastic jar might not seem like a big deal but with more than seven billion people on the planet, it can mean a world of difference.
We’d love to know how you keep your lips looking sustainably supple. If we’ve missed any zero waste lip balm brands, please pass the eco-chapstick by letting us know in the comments.