This year’s World Oceans Day is devoted to thinking about ways to protect the oceans from plastic waste. In light of this, this article is devoted to some of our eco-friendly grooming products, as well as products that come from brands committed to continually improving their environmental practices.
In the middle of the Pacific Ocean there is a floating raft of plastic waste that covers twice the area of France. Pollution on such a vast scale has consequences which are beyond measure, causing adverse effects both for wildlife and the environment. As well as this, plastics are capable of absorbing large quantities of toxic chemicals, and when discarded plastics re-enter water sources used by livestock and people, this can lead to our bodies accruing dangerous levels of poisonous chemicals over time. For these reasons, it’s never been more important to take steps to reduce the amount of plastics that we throw away.
Aside from plastic waste, greenhouse gas emissions and chemical pollution caused by manufacturing of many of our favourite products contribute to damaging the environment. It’s for this reason that manufacturers who strive to reduce their levels of chemical and plastic waste, and limit the greenhouse gases involved in producing and shipping their products should be celebrated and encouraged.
99% of the materials Korres use are recyclable, and wherever possible they use recycled materials in manufacturing their products. In addition to this, 98% of their products are shipped by means other than air freight. This contributes to a massive reduction in the greenhouse gases emitted by their supply chain. To cap this off, their production method is ‘no-waste’, meaning that each part of the plants they use to derive their ingredients ends up in the finished product.
This Magnesium & Wheat Proteins Anti Hair Loss Shampoo is just one of the products from their completely cardboard-free hair and body range.
Plastic sponges and shower poufs are ubiquitous, but given that they should be disposed after only a week of use, the majority of these end up in landfill or polluting our oceans.
That’s why switching to an organic, biodegradable sponge such as a one from the Konjac Sponge Company is a fantastic idea.
Weleda‘s commitment to supporting sustainable and biodynamic farming when sourcing their ingredients is one dimension of their positive environmental policy. All of their glass packaging is recyclable, they commit to using post-consumer recycled materials wherever possible, and they’re constantly on the lookout for opportunities to make their production process more sustainable.
Non-biodegradable toothbrushes are a huge source of the plastics which pollute our oceans. Toothbrushes are designed to be used for a short period of time, before being thrown away, and are rarely recycled. Biodegradable toothbrushes such as the bamboo brush from Uppercut Deluxe, available in their Deluxe Washbag gift set, are a great way to immediately reduce the amount of plastic you’re wasting.
Antipodes makes use of sustainably farmed, natural ingredients, and in addition, all of its primary packaging is recyclable, its printing makes use of 100% vegetable inks, and 100% of its cardboard is from sustainable forests. The brand are also involved in a world-first partnership with WWF as part of its commitment to wildlife.
Jurlique are possibly the gold standard when it comes to sustainable production. Their production plant makes use of solar power, efficient temperature controls and low-voltage lighting to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and crucially sends no waste to landfill. Its eco-friendly packaging has won awards for its use of recycled and recyclable materials.