As a planet, our obsession with plastic is out of hand. It’s ruining our oceans and so in light of today being World Ocean’s Day, I wanted to shine the spotlight onto Five Eco-Friendly Brands To Try. From brands using innovative packaging solutions and then the ones who are really utilising the benefits of recycling, it’s time to go green…
One of the most instagram-friendly brands around, BYBI not only has adorable products but the packaging is made from sugar-cane which means the whole thing is entirely bio-degradable. Clever, right? The brand also used 100% natural ingredients and they’re vegan/cruelty-free too. The Babe balm is pretty fabulous for living in your handbag.
Makers of wonderfully affordable delicious-smelling shower gels and body creams. They don’t use any microbeads, parabens, artificial colours or anything else that negatively impacts our planet. The packaging for everything they make comes from recycled milk cartons (the green semi-skinned lids give the bottles their green tint naturally), and is designed to be 100% recyclable. They also regularly contribute to WaterAid, pledging £150k by 2019.
A lovely organic beauty brand (their coconut candy scrub is especially dreamy), based in the UK and going since 1984. Half of their bottles/jars are made in the UK, too. One of their biggest policies is the reduce, re-use, recycle which means that they’ve replaced the majority of their packaging with 100% recycled. Like Soaper Duper, it’s all old milk cartons.
A brand with all of the choices when it comes to different ranges (from carrot to cucumber and more), the range is also cruelty-free and 95% natural. They make lots of face wipes but crucially these wipes are all made with compostable fabric which means the plastic is not going into the ocean. I’m not the biggest fan of wipes, but the cucumber ones are super refreshing, non-drying and great for the occasional lazy skin moment.
Evolve is another brand with excellent recycling credentials. The entire brand has chic apothecary-esque packaging with some gorgeous formulations. All of their plastic bottles are 75% post consumer recycled. It’s also PET plastic which means it degrades without leaving chemicals in the soil of landfills. It also requires less energy to recycle than PVC. Their website has loads of information on tips for recycling products and how to upcycle more.
What next? How about some indie skincare brands you need to try…