Clean up your beauty act this season by significantly reducing your bathroom waste
1. SWAP: Plastic shampoo, conditioner and soap bottles for one bar that does it all
Ishga has introduced a luxurious new Shampoo & Body Bar combining its unique seaweed extract with soothing aloe vera and natural spring water.
Natural and vegetable-based, it’s free from Sodium Lauryl Sulfate but still develops an excellent lather. It comes in paper packaging too.
You might also like the new Solo Hair, Hand & Body Bar from No Secrets, which contains only a very small amount of water – thereby reducing planet-heating greenhouse gas emissions compared to liquid soaps and shampoos.
According to No Secrets, one shampoo soap bar is the equivalent of three bottles of liquid shampoo.
2. SWAP: Regular make-up wipes for zero-waste alternatives
Lamazuna’s zero-waste make-up wipes can be re-used more than 300 times, dramatically cutting down the number of single-use wipes being sent to landfill.
You might also like Ecovibe’s Reusable Makeup Remover Pads, which are made from bamboo and cotton and come with a wash bag for easy storage.
Couple these with the Green Planet Micellar Water for an eco-friendly face washing routine.
3. SWAP: Single-use waxing strips for reusable alternatives
Sugar Coated’s washable and reusable at-home waxing strips are made from 100% vegan sugar wax and water.
Any left-over sugar syrup or wax is donated to local beekeepers to help provide an alternative source of food for bees in Winter.
When it’s too cold outside to find nectar to produce honey, the bees can use sugar syrup as a substitute.
4. SWAP: You and your kids’ plastic toothbrushes for bamboo alternatives
Aquafresh has launched a new Bamboo for Kids toothbrush for children 6+ whose bristles are sourced from renewable materials.
Its packaging is 100% plastic-free and biodegradable. It’s only currently available from Waitrose, however.
5. SWAP: Plastic-packaged skincare for waste-free beauty bars
Balade en Provence creates certified vegan and organic, solid beauty bars from the finest ingredients for all the family.
It has recently launched the first solid Eye Contour Serum developed and shaped specifically for the delicate contour of your eyes.
With regenerating and anti-ageing natural ingredients, it’s designed to gently condition the skin around the eyes.
6. SWAP: Shopping afresh for refills
Circular beauty brand Circla has rolled out a milkman-style refillable beauty product service to help you break up with unnecessary single-use plastic.
Just leave your empties on your doorstep and Circla will refill them.
Although it’s only currently available in two areas of London, hopefully it will pave the way for similar services elsewhere.
7. SWAP: Non-degradable plastic make-up for eco-responsible alternatives
All Tigers is an all-natural, vegan make-up brand that puts the planet first.
Not only are its products cruelty-free, the brand gives 1% of all earnings to the Poh Kao Association that helps protect wild tigers in Rajasthan.
What’s more, the gorgeous jungle-y packaging is all eco-friendly.
Return, refill, repeat
Wishaw-based Beauty Kitchen is on a mission to eliminate single-use plastics and packaging for good as part of its Return, Refill, Repeat programme. Shop the range here.