How to get on board with sustainable beauty
Here at Harrogate Spring Water, we’re passionate about the little things we can all do to reduce waste and protect our planet (you’ve met our incredible shrinking bottle, right?!) But while most of us are pretty good at recycling in the kitchen, our bathroom stash often leaves a lot to be desired. Happily, many beauty brands are now pledging to reduce their carbon footprint and improve sustainability. It’s a tricky area – many beauty products need to be sealed or packaged in a certain way for hygiene reasons – but we can all start by supporting brands that use recycled and recyclable packaging where possible. Some of these companies will even reward you for returning your empties – now that’s good karma! Here’s our pick of 6 brands doing the kind of good we can all get behind:
Neal’s Yard Remedies
Those iconic blue bottles don’t just look Insta-gorgeous, they’re made from 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) material, British-made (to reduce travel miles) and fully recyclable. The blue pigment reduces light reaching the contents, helping to protect natural ingredients and reduce the use of preservatives. Cartons and catalogues are made from FSC-approved managed forests and they even upcycle their not-so-perfect blue bottles into gorgeous dishes and vases!
We love: Rose & Pomegranate Bath Oil, £15
Lush deserves special love for championing sustainable beauty long before it became a thing. Recently they made a commitment to serve up as many products ‘naked’ as possible, such as their solid shampoo bars that lather up a treat. Their sustainable recycling programme is inspiring too: bring back your empty black pots to any store, they’re sent back to Dorset HQ for recycling, and you get a free fresh face mask for your efforts.
We love: Honey I Washed My Hair Shampoo Bar, £6.50
Garnier have partnered with Terracycle, a company that develops recycling solutions for products not easily recycled locally, to boost levels of bathroom recycling and to raise money for good causes. Register online for a free account, download the freepost labels and send all your Garnier empties for recycling. There’s also a network of public drop-off points. For every item recycled, you accrue points which can be redeemed as cash donations to your favourite non-profit organisations.
We love: Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash, around £2.65
Faith in Nature
Faith in Nature is an under-the-radar British brand that has been quietly pumping out excellent eco-friendly products for 40 years. Always looking to reduce their carbon footprint, their new Brave Botanicals range uses bottles mostly made from sugarcane. They also champion larger sizes that use less plastic – check out the 5 litre bottles of their most popular products – and you’ll find refill stations at selected health stores across the UK.
We love: Lavender and Geranium Shower Gel & Foam Bath (5 litres), £36.85
Look to Aveda not just for next-level-gorgeous products but also great environmental credentials. They were the first prestige beauty company to combine PCR with bioplastic (derived from plants) for greater sustainability. Two of their newest products – Invati Exfoliating Shampoo and Stress Fix Body Lotion – are made with 100% PCR bottles, saving on average 600 tonnes of virgin plastic a year.
We love: Stress-fix body lotion, £27
Love ‘em or loathe ‘em, face wipes are big business. But think twice before you swipe: the vast majority are made of polyester, a form of plastic, which ends up sitting in landfill and sewers. The smart solution is to use a proper cleanser that you remove with water or a muslin/flannel. But if you still love an emergency wipe, go for the brilliant Yes To… range which is made with 100% cellulose (from sustainable plant sources) and is compostable too.
We love: Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Facial Wipes, £4.99