Obviously, the biggest challenge is food and the way to get around it is zero waste markets like Precycle in Brooklyn, NY; local farmers markets; and just eating plant-based whole foods (e.g., not animals and not processed).
For beauty, though, that was actually a little easier than I thought. I reached out to both Credo and Detox Market, which specialize in clean beauty, for help on products that eliminate or minimize plastic and I was pleasantly surprised with the ease with which I was able to de-plasticify (mostly) my cosmetics. Here are a few of my favorites:
Hand's down, Axiology was my most triumphant discovery because there is ZERO PLASTIC and ZERO WASTE and they're ORGANIC, made with skin-nourishing yummies like avocado and plum oils, CRUELTY-FREE, VEGAN, and NO PALM OIL! I pretty much went to heaven when I started playing with their "balmies," these colorful crayons that you can use as lipstick, blush, eye shadow, highlighter, whatever. I have literally purchased every single color they have. I am so so so happy with them. Check out their story and products here.
Exa has some plastic in the pump but the bottle is glass and the foundation is delicious (don't eat it, I mean that figuratively) with aloe and peach fruit extracts (!). It's also got "anti pollution actives," which excited me since I split my time between two urban areas - NYC and LA. There are so many shades, it's a little overwhelming to find your match but find it you will - the options are almost endless. It's also cruelty-free and vegan.
I thought this one was going to be absolutely impossible to find in glass but lo and behold: Mara makes an algae and zinc sea kale sunscreen serum. Vegan and cruelty free, of course. Find it here.
4. Face Cleansers, Oils, Moisturizers, and Serums
Two words: Mara and Odacite. Both fabulous!
I am checking with Omiana to see whether their concealer is in a glass jar. I am pretty sure it's glass (I use it and the concealer is fabulous) but want to make 100% sure so I'll update when I have that info.
6. Lip Balm
The Package Free Shop (where, side note, I buy all my Terracycle recycling boxes for the stuff I can't curbside recycle) has a delightful minty lip balm in a plastic-free tube that's also organic and vegan. Find it here.
I hope this helps all my glam, eco-conscious friends out there! Stay fabulous!