6 zero-waste skincare brands to add to cart
Naked and refillable options that work a treat
There’s no doubt the bathroom can be extremely problematic if you’re trying to reduce plastic use. In fact, beauty and skincare products account for 120 billion units of packaging globally each year. From shampoo and conditioner to moisturiser and deodorant, it sometimes feels impossible to avoid the dreaded stuff. Yet, a little investigation work is all it takes to significantly reduce your plastic footprint thanks to these innovative zero-waste skincare brands. And they’re not just better for the environment, they all contain clean, non-toxic ingredients and work a treat too!
Ethique caught our eye with their zero-waste shampoo bars, but now this Kiwi brand has turned its attention to waterless beauty with its new range of concentrates. Over two years in development, its shampoo and conditioner, body wash hand wash and body lotion now come in bars that are mixed with hot water to create the liquid product. Simply mix and add to a reusable bottle and say bye-bye to all that plastic.
It has long operated in the social enterprise space, pledging over $17 million from the sale of its clean formulation personal care products since its inception, now Thank You is focused on tackling plastic pollution. It has just launched a range of shampoo and conditioner bars as well as body and lotion bars that each come in recycled packaging. Ingredients are sustainably sourced as well as vegan and cruelty free.
Lush has come a long way since the days of fizzy bath bombs, cultivating an entire range of plastic free products. Its Naked range is huge and made up of all the usual suspects like shampoo and conditioner bars but even better is the range of skincare staples like face oil and cleansers. We also love the innovative naked foundations and lipsticks that come in a huge variety of shades.
What began as homemade sunscreen has turned into a fully-fledged skincare brand featuring a complete range of sunscreens as well as a raft of after sun products. From face oil to lip balm, scrubs and hair serums all products come it its signature food-grade, BPA free recyclable tins and packaging. What’s more, ingredients are all natural, reef-friendly and vegan. There’s a lot to love!
Zero-waste cleaning company Resparkle has added a foaming hand wash to its squeaky clean line up. The starter kit comes with a gorgeous reusable glass bottle with silicone overlay (helpful to prevent any breakages!) and a refill sachet of its citrus scented hand wash. Simply empty the sachet in the bottle, fill with warm water and wait for the magic to happen!
We first discovered Noosa Basics testing one of its natural deodorants. The QLD based company is now focused on reducing its plastic packaging in favour of glass and tins. Its products – from body lotions to a lash revitaliser (and deodorants) – are handmade in small batches and are vegan, cruelty and palm oil free.