As we all make changes to be more sustainable and combat climate change – we are so happy to say beauty has been one of the major industries at the forefront of the fight. With recyclable packaging to vegan formulas – like our EX1 Cosmetics Invisiwear Foundation – it makes it so easy for us to be environmentally conscious and feel like we’re doing our bit.
Kick your plastic habit
Did you know we use a whopping 7.7 billion plastic bottles every year in the UK, that’s why we adore Object Beauty, a zero-waste beauty bar company. It launched earlier in 2021, and each bar has been formulated by the former Head of NPD at British beauty brand Bamford. Handmade in small batches in Europe using 100% natural ingredients and aromatherapy blends - the brand is LGBTQ+ owned and has already won multiple sustainability and design awards since launch earlier this year.
The range includes three shampoos – suitable for different hair types- a deep conditioner and a body cleansing bar all £14 each. The body bar is full of nourishing and hydrating ingredients. Each bar is the equivalent of three plastic bottles and contains less than 0.5% water.
The first time use a shampoo bar it may feel a bit odd, but once you add a touch of water and lather into your hair or body it is really no different to regular shampoo. And the best bit? No risk of spillages in your gym or travel bag. So, that’s a big bonus.
Anyone for a refill?
If a bar isn’t your thing and you still prefer liquid formulas then look for products that are refillable. Loads of brands are offering the service and one of the easiest switches is to buy in bulk – therefore halving your plastic bottle waste. Or try one of the dedicated refil companies like Fils. A British company that specialises in refillable beauty products, prices start at £23 for two bottles and you can then buy your refills pouches (400ml) for £8-£9.60 or £12 for a one off.
We’ve tried the Pomelo and Green Tea Shampoo and Conditioner and it is great for those who may suffer from dandruff or damaged hair.
The OG of zero wasteOne of the leaders is cult brand Ren, it pledged to be zero waste by the end of 2021 by ensuring that all of its ingredients were sustainably sourced and all of its packaging to be reclaimed ocean-plastic. It also has its own refill scheme. One of the big moves in 2021, was to join forced with some of the other sustainable beauty brands – who all have the same ethos and plan to develop entirely sustainable packaging by 2025. Oh, and the Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask, £25, is worth the hype. This will be your olive skin’s new BFF as it gives a glow like no other.