Zero Waste Beauty

We unwrap how easy you can cut out the waste

Hair & Beauty

Thanks to Blue Planet II and a slew of new government incentives to get us to ditch disposable plastics, our beauty regimes are coming under greater scrutiny for their environmental credentials. The numbers make scary reading: Greenpeace estimates that 12.7 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans each year. Cast your eyes over your bathroom shelves and you may be surprised at the amount of plastic: from your favourite shampoo and micellar water you love, to the mascara you’ve just bought (which also comes with an extra layer of plastic safety wrapping). It may feel like you’ve been defeated before you’ve even begun, but more beauty companies are doing their part for the environment. Here are a few to help you go green…

DR BRONNER'S

‍With the addition incentive of allowing you to buy in bulk (you can buy in a mega 946ml) DR BRONNER'S uses 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. What’s more, the formula is dubbed a miracle multi-tasker, ‘18-in-One’, which tackles cleansing from top to toe thanks to a host of natural ingredients. It’s even great for household grime and laundry!

THE ORDINARY

‍This already-cult brand, known for its potent science-based formulas at low prices, has pledged to eliminate plastic from all of its products by the end of the year! This doesn’t just extend to the droppers and bottles they sell but shopping bags too.

MAC COSMETICS

Heard of Back To MAC? It’s the latest initiative from the makers of the famous Ruby Woo. Return six MAC empties to store for recycling and you’ll get a free lipstick. Now that’s a deal we’re down with.

LUSH

Unnecessary waste has always been at the forefront of LUSH’s company policy, with more than 40% of its products free from packaging – and the ones that do use recyclable black pots that are melted down to make more. Store up your LUSH pots and for every five returned to the store, you can get a new face mask for free. What’s not to love?

GARNIER

GARNIER has teamed up with TERRACYCLE, allowing you to drop off your old shampoo, skincare and make-up empties at TERRACYCLE depots or posting it to them for free. In exchange, you receive points which you can redeemed at some of your favourite charities. Already they’ve saved 33 million units from landfill. Nice one GARNIER!

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