Vegan-certified brands have taken home prizes from the inaugural Marie Claire UK Sustainability Awards Beauty.
The awards were launched by the popular women's magazine to celebrate eco-friendly businesses and encourage a move to make sustainable lifestyle the norm.
Every nominated product faced a tough judging panel made up of more than 35 experts including sustainable fashion blogger Aditi Mayer, Sustainability Adviser Christina Archer and Andrea Thompson Editor-in-Chief at Marie Claire UK.
The judges chose 30 winners across 60 subcategories including fashion, beauty, food & drink, travel & leisure. Six brands carrying products registered with The Vegan Society’s Vegan Trademark scoped a top award.
Vegan cosmetics brand Faith in Nature, which has 100 vegan-certified products took home Best Sustainable Packaging in the Hair & Body category. Vegan skincare company Tropic, was crowned Best Cruelty-free Brand, while Pai Skincare, best known for its Rosehip Seed Facial Oil, won Best Organic Brand. Authentic Beauty Concept was revealed as the winner of the Best Vegan Brand or Range – Hair.
Beauty giant The Body Shop, which recently committed to make their whole product range vegan by the end of 2023, was recognised in the Best Ethical Initiative category, and WeDo/Professional was Highly Commended for Best Organic Brand.
Plant-based milk brand Minor Figures was awarded Best Sustainable Packaging - for their Oat Refill Stations. Minor Figures is the first UK-based dairy alternative brand that launched 100 refill stations across the UK. This way, the company helped save more than 58,480 cartons from entering the supply chain and achieve an incredible 48.6% reduction in carbon emissions compared to your typical Tetra Pak packaging.
Plant-based ready meals brand allplants scooped award for Best Vegan Brand and the meal subscription service DappaDrop was honoured Best Sustainable Food-delivery Brand. DabbaDrop is London’s first plastic-fee and emissions neutral takeaway subscription service, offering vegan food, minimal food waste, reusable packaging and emissions-free delivery.
Vegan fashion brand Onesta took home Best Sustainable Small Business award. Cruelty-free outerwear brand jakke. went away with Best Vegan Brand award.
Commenting on the awards, Ericka Durgahee, Marketing Manager at The Vegan Society, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many Vegan Trademark holders held up as trailblazers at the first-ever Marie Claire UK Sustainability Awards. We see first-hand how much time, effort and thought these brands put into how they can produce products that are kinder on our planet. Whether it’s The Body Shop’s new refill scheme or Faith in Nature’s completely plastic-free shampoo bars, these brands are setting an example to others in the beauty industry that you don’t need to compromise on quality in order to create green beauty products. We’d love to see even more Trademark holders nominated at next year’s awards.”