Meet the beauty brands that are taking steps to be a little bit more eco conscious...
The world is slowly becoming more atuned to our need to be more conscious of the environment, particularly when it comes to the production and use of packaging.
At a consumer level, it’s about taking whatever small steps you’re able to in order to make your routine a bit more eco-friendly – whether that’s investing in a reusable coffee cup, washable cotton pads or learning how to recycle beauty products properly.
Beauty brands have also sat up in their seats and we’re seeing more and more reusable and refillable options launching– a great thing for beauty addicts everywhere who want to do their bit for the planet.
Without further ado, scroll for our rundown of brilliant brands making the switch to refillables, before shopping our fave products that you need on your (eco) radar. Keep checking back here for updates on brands’ new sustainable initiatives as we get them…
Refillable beauty products and brands
This East London cruelty-free brand is so, SO great. Each product is handcrafted here in the UK by those who are blind or disabled, giving vital employment to those who need it, and they have put a tremendous amonut of effort into design packaging that is all recycled, recyclable or compostable. There’s so much that’s great about them so it’s well worth reading more on their About Page when you’re done here.
The Soap Co realised pretty quickly how difficult it is to recycle complicated pumps from hand wash and body lotion bottles, so they created refills to avoid the pump mechanisms ending up in landfill. Simply recycle your bottle but keep the pump, and put it into a new refill bottle (which is also locally and responsibly sourced). Wonderful stuff.
These guys have been switched on to being mindful of the environment from day one, offering different schemes for both recycling and refilling their products. Any Beauty Kitchen products that are marked with their ‘Return – Refill – Repeat’ logo can be dropped off at any UK or Ireland Holland & Barret; they’ll send them off and you’ll get points on your loyalty card. Lovely stuff!
Even better, they’ve now got a brand new refill station for your empties in the new-look Boots Store at Covent Garden, something we can’t wait to roll out nationwide. Bravo, Beauty Kitchen.
REN has partnered with recycling powerhouse TerraCycle’s new initiative, Loop, to create refillable packaging for some of their best selling skin and body care products. This new scheme will help them achieve their pledge to be a zero waste brand by 2021.
So how will it work?
REN will launch cleanable, printed glass bottles with 100% recycled pumps (recycled by Loop) for six of their best selling products to start with.
These bottles will then be refillable as and when you need – simply put the empties into a Loop Tote and they’ll pick up, clean, refill and send back to you. You can read more about the scheme, launching in the UK soon, on REN’s website.
Keep scrolling to shop more refillable products below.
Words by Lucy Abbersteen and Millie Willetts
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Rather than shelling out for a new brow pencil and spoolie every time you use up the brow colour, SUQQU is now selling the two separately. Simply pop a new refill in every time you run out, and use the same holder over and over and over...
If you have a go-to eye colour, at Chantecaille you have the opiton of buying your eyeshadow palette (The Pebble) separately as a one off, then replacing the pan of eyeshadow inside without throwing the whole
thing away. Genius.
Tropic offer a whole load of refill options on their website, including Bath Foam and Hand Wash pouches, lipstick cartridges and concealer pan refills, and they're hoping for everything to be refillable by 2020. What's more, once you've returned five of the same product empties, you'll get a new one for *free*! These bath foam pocuches are enough to refill your bottle twice, so it's well worth investing.
Cruelty-free make-up brand Hourglass have consciously designed a refill scheme for their Confession Ultra Slim lipstick range. You can top up or change your lipstick shade without purchasing a whole new one every time. The heavier metal case makes it a robust and long-lasting lipstick option.
Rituals have a whole host of refillable products on offer, including creams, hand washes and diffuser refills. Pop out the old cream holder and put your new cream refill into the outer tub as shown to the left.