The Ugly Side of Beauty: The Cosmetics Industry’s Plastic Packaging Problem

By Giving List Staff   |   February 8, 2022

The cosmetics industry generates approximately US$ 341.1 billion annually—and 120 billion units of plastic packaging, most of which are not recyclable. Learn about how the cosmetics and personal care products industry contributes to the global plastics crisis as well as some sustainable, zero-waste alternatives. And be sure to check out the recent report on Good Morning America (GMA3) “Creating ‘Zero-Waste Face’ in Your Beauty Routine,” featuring PPC member C & The Moon and Co-Founder & Managing Director, Julia Cohen.

Hollywood Stars Unite to Flip The Script on Plastics

We kicked off 2022 with a star-studded webinar, Flip the Script on Plastics in Hollywood: Rethinking Single-Use Plastics in Film & Television featuring Hollywood activists and artists Yareli Arizmendi, SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher, and Kyra Sedgwick; along with Dana Weinstein, Project Specialist for the Media Impact Project at the Norman Lear Center, USC. Watch the recording.


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Plastic Pollution Coalition is a growing global alliance of more than 1,200 organizations, businesses, and thought leaders in 75 countries working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impact on humans, animals, waterways, the ocean, and the environment. 

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Plastic Pollution Coalition has made a very large impact in a relatively short amount of time, overcoming huge obstacles including governments, legal systems, and corporations, and has turned the tide on plastic pollution awareness. Working tirelessly at the local, national, and global levels to effect real change for environmental justice, PPC is eliminating the use of single-use plastic, and is a dedicated and effective beacon for our local communities.
Jeff Bridges

Flipping the Script on Plastic’s Place in Our World

Plastic Pollution Coalition’s list of A-List supporters includes Jeff Bridges, Jackson Browne, Fran Drescher, Ben Harper, Diana Nyad, Alice Waters, and Alfre Woodard – to name a few. When these notables speak out, millions of people wake up to the plastic pollution crisis. 

In 2022, the Coalition will be working with leaders within the entertainment industry to encourage the storylines of popular films and television to include messaging that moves the nation and the world away from single-use plastics towards reusables and refillables, and a plastic-free, more just, equitable, and regenerative future.

The coalition seeks $100,000 to expand this campaign. And, for larger donors, Co-FounderJulia Cohen says there are opportunities to dramatically expand the organization’s lean $2 million budget. 

“Imagine what we could do with double that,” she says.

Key Supporters

Annenberg Foundation
Beagle Foundation
Lynne and Marc Benioff
Susan and Jeff Bridges
Jackson Browne
Mark Christy
David DeRothschild
Sylvia Earle
Ben Harper
Haas-Teichen Foundation
Tammy + Kim Hughes
Chris Jordan
Gerry Lopez
Keith + Chris Malloy
Marisla Foundation
Michael McDonald
Mental Insight Foundation
Diana Nyad
Plastic Solutions Fund
Kat Taylor and Tom Steyer
Alice Waters
Zegar Family Foundation