Given that the average woman may inadvertently ingest more than four pounds of lipstick in her lifetime, you’ll want to look for lip color made from plant-derived ingredients instead of from synthetic oils, paraffin waxes and toxic coal tar dyes (look for FD&C or D&C followed by a color or number). If one if five lipstick wearers began demanding plant-based options, total petroleum product consumption would decrease by more than 825,000 pounds per year.
MAC lipsticks are mostly wax-based, making them far more durable than the petroleum jelly/lanolin/water/touch-of-paraffin lipsticks other companies make. So, although they aren’t derived from plants, they DO HAVE an environmentally friendly recycling program: return your empty tubes/eye shadow containers/etc. for a discount off a replacement.
Bottom line is do the research on the products you choose. Be a smart consumer and an advocate of the environment. Products are not only affecting the environment, but also our health—cancer is occurring in younger and younger people with no history of it in their families. Look close to you—-in your food, your electronics, cleaning supplies, fertilizers, carpets, drapes, all the lovely conveniences of life we have been so lulled with. Ultimately, we make the choices that drive the demands that corporations react to. Be smart, have a conscious. Our lives depend on it. The planet will be around long after we kill ourselves off of it.