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Ulta Beauty Partners With Loop to Reduce Beauty Waste

Ulta and Loop Just Created a Site Where You Can Shop Sustainable Products From Popular Brands

Ulta Beauty store entrance sign at a mall, northern Idaho. (Photo by: Don & Melinda Crawford/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Shopping for beauty products with an eco-friendly mentality isn't always easy for everyone, but Ulta Beauty is trying to change that. The beauty retailer just announced a partnership with Loop, a retailer that sells zero-waste versions of popular household, grocery, and personal-care products, to help loyal customers access beauty products that come in reusable packaging and can be refilled.

Per the partnership, shoppers can now purchase products that come in sustainable, zero-waste packaging from cult-favorite beauty brands like Burt's Bees, Dermalogica, and Mad Hippie.

"Rethinking packaging provides the industry with the opportunity to develop new, luxurious designs that are also sustainable," Tom Szaky, founder and CEO of Loop and TerraCycle, said in a statement. "Consumers are increasingly asking for more environmentally responsible options in this category and this collaboration provides them with a solution that is simple and convenient."

The program works like this: Customers can order products through the website, and said products will then be delivered to their doorsteps. Once they've used up all of the products, they can place the empties in a reusable Loop Tote bag and schedule a pickup so that it can be shipped back to the company, which will then clean and refill the empties for future use.

The news of this partnership comes months after Ulta launched a Conscious Beauty category on its website, putting labels on brands that are clean, vegan, cruelty-free, sustainably packaged, and supportive of social causes. KVD Vegan Beauty, Tarte, BareMinerals, and Anastasia Beverly Hills are just a few of the brands that are nested under these labels.

"As the nation's leading beauty retailer, we have a responsibility to continuously improve and bring innovative solutions forward for the industry," Dave Kimbell, Ulta Beauty's president, said. "As we work to deliver more informed, conscious product choices to our guests, this first-of-its-kind partnership with the pioneers at Loop is an exciting step on our journey. We look forward to seeing our guests embrace Loop by Ulta Beauty as we all work together to create a lasting legacy for our world."

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