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It's easy to love beauty products, but for far too long, it's been just as easy to ignore the amount of waste
that often comes with them. And there is a lot of it: even before you reach the formula itself, you have to peel off
layers of cellophane, cardboard boxes, plastic protectors, metal seals . . . and that all adds up. In fact, the US beauty
industry alone created nearly 7.9 billion units of rigid plastic in 2018, according to Euromonitor International — less than
14 percent of which the Environmental Protection Agency estimated will end up getting recycled. That is not pretty.

The solution? Be more conscious about the beauty products you buy. Start with brands that focus on sustainable
packaging, greater transparency, ethically sourced ingredients, and better recycling practices. Then remember you
don't have to compromise quality to lower your carbon footprint. The proof: this month's Beauty Award winners.
If you're ready to put your money where your morals are, we're celebrating the best hair,
makeup, and skin-care products helping you look your best — responsibly.

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