Cosmetics companies who refill and recycle
In this article, we spoke about the amount of non recyclable plastic packaging many toiletries and cosmetics companies use. This means that you, the consumer, are left with the task of putting this into the landfill.
Fortunately, there are some companies that are aware of the impact their packaging can have on the environment. I’ve been talking to some of them and have rounded up some of the best.
Elin, from the aptly named “Nothing Nasty” takes her environmental issues very seriously. Elin uses recyclable and reusable bottles, minimal and degradable packaging.
She sells a range of hand crafted products such as castile soap shampoo, moisturisers, shaving oil and lipbalm.
All of her products come in beautiful glass bottles, which are, of course reusable or fully recyclable.
Her little known secret, however, is that if you return your bottles to her, you can have a refill with a massive 20% discount.
We’ve managed to secure a discount from Elin for all you lovely readers, later this month. So keep checking back to the site to take advantage of owning some luxurious products soon.
I spent ages on the phone to a representative from LUSH He told me all sorts of exciting news about their products and packaging.
LUSH employ an Inspirational Environmental Officer who takes her environmental knowledge to the company in order to make sure they are doing all they can for the environment.
First up, you can buy slices of soap instore. These have no packaging so you can take your own containers or bags if you wish. If you opt for wrapped soap, the plastic LUSH use to wrap their products is biodegradable plastic which can be safely put into your home compost system.
In addition you can buy solid shampoo bars. Again, they come unwrapped, in recycled paper or you can buy a recycled aluminium tin to store yours in. Just one 55g bar is equivalent to three 250ml bottles of liquid shampoo. So you’re saving money and lots of plastic from going into the landfill – doesn’t that feel good!
For men, LUSH offer shaving cream in their black recyclable plastic packaging.
For deodorant you have two choices; powders and solid products. Based on bicarbonate of soda which absorbs moisture and neutralises odours, these products are effective and safe. The powders come in their infamous black, recyclable packaging and bars are sold loose.
Mail order Packaging
If you do not have a LUSH store near you, then they offer a mail order service. Goods arrive in recycled cardboard boxes, wrapped with string and are packed with popcorn which you can put out for the birds or compost. You can request that your products are not wrapped in plastic and that they use recycled paper bags instead when you place your order.
Any LUSH products that come in clear plastic bottles can be recycled with drinking bottles at your local recycling facility (or kerbside collection if you’re lucky enough to have one). Their black tubs can be returned to the store where their very own black plastic recycling machine will munch its way through the tubs and bottles to remould them.
Any tops and caps from bottles can be returned to the store where staff will happily reuse them.
I spoke to a lovely lady at Neals Yard who told me lots of juicy information. Firstly, many of their products are sold in glass bottles which can be returned to their stores for recycling. As thanks for this, you get 10p off your next purchase for every glass bottle you take back.
If you can’t get back to the store you can recycle these bottles with the brown glass bottles at some local recycling facilities The products that come in plastic bottles are fully recyclable. They are made from PETG which can be put in with plastic bottles recycling at your nearest recycling centre. Alternatively, you can take them back to your nearest Neals Yard store and claim your 10p off your next purchase.
If you order by mail order, the packing material is plant based and fully compostable instead of polystyrene.
Neals Yard are currently working with a packaging technologist who will be helping them to further increase their recycling.
Pitrok sell the original crystal deodorant stone that comes in minimal packaging – just a recycled cardboard box that can be reused or recycled. I’ve used one of these and they last forever and a day. They are surprisingly effective.
This week in Lidls we saw a pure olive oil soap that came in a cardboard box whereas other brands come shrink wrapped in plastic. Take a look around your local chemist or supermarket to see what is available. You never know what you are going to find where.
Let us know if you spot anything good so that other readers can share in your knowledge!