You may have mastered zero waste grocery shopping but it’s now time to give your plastic free beauty and plastic free bathroom some attention. While many of your natural beauty products need replacing every six months or so, the same is not true for their packaging – lots of it will take a lifetime to breakdown naturally, but things are changing!
It takes a while for an industry as big as the packaging one to pivot and provide better options, but we are on the case to find you better options. Discover our edit of plastic free beauty products that will help you reduce your plastic footprint – encouraging you to refill, recycle and upcycle more often.
Plastic Free Beauty Products
Plastic-free beauty products can be hard to find. Luckily, we have a curated selection of forward-thinking natural beauty brands with sustainability values. At the forefront of the trend to reduce packaging is Kjaer Weis. While not entirely plastic-free, each of their natural cosmetic products has a refillable component, from mascara and lipstick to foundation and blush. Not only are the compacts made form metal but the refills come in cardboard packaging. Also committed to reducing single-use packaging and providing refills is Alima Pure. Read more about each of these eco friendly refillable beauty products.
Other natural beauty brands showing their commitment to using less plastic in their cosmetics are opting for recycled and recyclable materials. Ilia Beauty not only strive to ensure beautiful packaging, but also sustainable packaging wherever possible. They use recycled aluminium, newly introduced glass components, and post-consumer recycled paper printed with vegetable-based dyes. Rms Beauty also show their concern for the planet by packaging their products in recyclable glass with metal lids. Furthermore, (M)anasi7 jars are made of 32% plant-based wood cellulose derived from sustainably managed forests, and Vapour Organic Beauty recently switched their plastic bottles to glass.
Plastic Free Shampoo
Leading the way in plastic free shampoo, conditioner and even body wash, Beauty Kubes was born from a desire to create a range of plastic free beauty products and toiletries to help minimise the amount of plastic bottles ending up in landfill. Locally made in Cornwall in the UK, Beauty Kubes plastic free shampoo and conditioner is natural and vegan friendly. With Beauty Kubes, you won’t have to take any plastic bottles into the shower with you.
Plastic Free Deodorant
Looking for a plastic free deodorant that is also natural, vegan, without aluminium, and actually works? The Ben & Anna plastic free deodorant range is based solely on natural ingredients. Unlike any other deodorants on the market, Ben & Anna packaging is made of FSC certified card tubes – helping to keep unnecessary plastic waste out of natural beauty supply chains.
Plastic Free Toothbrush
No natural beauty routine is complete without an eco-friendly bamboo toothbrush. On average, each person goes through four or more toothbrushes each year and millions of these end up in landfill in the UK alone. Bamboo toothbrushes are a well-known alternative to pesky plastics that can be recycled at the end of their life. Georganics Eco Bamboo Toothbrush and the Truthbrush Bamboo Toothbrush can be paired with a plastic free toothpaste, like the Georganics English Peppermint Toothpaste or Activated Charcoal Toothpaste for additional whitening.
Georganics use plastic free packaging – glass jars with aluminium lids, both of which are widely recyclable. The cardboard containers and product packaging are all certified biodegradable so can be composted. The bamboo toothbrushes and spatulas are sourced by FSC approved companies, and are also biodegradable by nature.