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This time, we are exploring which brands are available in Korea and offer reduced/zero-waste packaging. Take a look at the photos below. They are both pretty painful to look at, but can you see another commonality?
That’s right, the thing these two photos have in common is plastic.
The European Union has proposed a ban on disposable plastic and aims to have most plastic bottles recycled by 2025. This movement isn’t just confined to the European Union, all over the world people are making an effort to go plastic free with many cafes getting rid of disposable cups and straws and governments banning plastic bags.
Disposable plastic takes five seconds to produce, five minutes to use, and 500 years to disintegrate. What can you do at home to use less plastic? By being mindful every day, we can reduce the reckless use of plastic. And with that, we introduce today’s topic, shampoo brands available in Korea that use eco-friendly containers.
1. Go Naked, Lush’s Shampoo Bar Eliminates Need for Packaging
Country: United Kingdom
Type: Vegan, Vegetarian
If we use liquid shampoo, we can’t go without a container to put it in, right? That is why Lush developed a shampoo bar that doesn’t require a container. The soap is said to be good for 80 uses, which equals three 250g bottles of shampoo! Unlike it’s bottled cousins, the shampoo bar leaves no trash behind.
Launched in 2007, LUSH’s Naked products marked the beginning of the company’s war on packaging waste. Jack Constantine, CDO and product inventor for Lush, has stated that he believes the Naked line is an innovative game-changer and gives us a peek at how the beauty industry will change in the future.
In the last year, LUSH sold 41.3 million shampoo bars which means 124 million fewer bottles in the landfill. It is safe to say that they are a world leader in packaging innovation. LUSH offers mostly vegan and vegetarian products.
If you are interested in learning more about LUSH, click here!
2. Shea Terra Organics, 100% degradable when buried in the ground
Shea Terra makes products that are healthy for both people and the environment under the mission of ‘sustainable beauty’. The products are made using just as much fruit as nature produces, and all product containers are designed to be sustainable. Their corn-based INGEO containers are 100% biodegradable when buried in the soil. The entire product line is vegan.
Learn more about Shea Terra Organics, here
3. ÜBERWOOD® German solar and packaging technology reduces petroleum consumption 40%
ÜBERWOOD®, is a natural, organic and premium vegan haircare brand from Germany. It places great emphasis on caring for both people and the land.
ÜBERWOOD®’s product line uses pine from sustainable forests certified by the Forest Certification Assurance Program (PEFC). They received the ‘Container of the Year” by the World Packing Organisation for their innovative Polywood packaging. Polywood is a specially processed bio-material combining wood waste from the lumber industry with thermoplastics to reduce decomposition time and petroleum consumption by up to 40%.
The manufacturing plant is almost completely powered by solar energy and sawdust from industrial facilities. In addition, ÜBERWOOD® prohibits the use of plastic bags for its products. Even the packing materials and box tape are paper and shrink film was avoided and replaced with a paper seal. All of ÜBERWOOD® products are vegan.
For more information on where to buy ÜBERWOOD® check here: here
4. Aveda manufactures using wind energy and bioplastic
Country: United States
Aveda founder Horst M. Rechelbacher was a natural beauty pioneer and environmentalist. Aveda strives to set an example not just with its aesthetic sense but also to be responsible for the environment in all respects. More than 85% of Aveda’s product containers are made from 100% recycled materials. They develop all products with the goal of minimizing packaging and maximize recycling. The containers are a bio-plastic hybrid container using 100% recycled PCR and PCR materials and sugarcane. They are the first beauty company to manufacture with 100% wind power. Vegan products include rosemary mint shampoo and conditioner.
For more info on Aveda, click here
5. Earth Friendly Packaging from Korea’s vegan brand Aromatica
Since its inception, Aromatica has used glass bottles to package their products because they are easier to recycle than plastic. They use paper instead of plastic as the buffer material to avoid unnecessary waste. They also allow consumers to refill bottles to further reduce waste. All Aromatica products are vegan.
If you are interested in learning more, here
6. Taiwan’s O’right and it’s one bottle, one tree rule
Type: 100% gluten-free, mostly vegan
O’right was born out of concern for the well-being of their customers and the environment. Everything from the logo to the products and production processes keeps those values in mind. It is produced slowly using low-temperature extraction technology and organic raw materials, making it a real green premium brand.
The new eco-friendly PLA-friendly container made by polymerizing lactic acid extracted from plants is biodegradable and returns to nature within a year when buried in soil. A tree seed hidden in the cap at the bottom of the container becomes a sprout during the biodegradation process and becomes a tree which means that the one bottle, one tree rule also occurs naturally. The cap is made with MOSO bamboo, grown in Taiwan, to minimize the use of plastic pumps.
If you are curious about O’right, click here
We have looked at six different brands that make environmental protection a key part of their mission. There is no better way to change the world than with your hard-earned cash. When you pick out your next shampoo, remember to choose products that are environmentally-friendly both inside and out.
Finally, here are some other ways you can move toward a zero-waste lifestyle:
- Use an eco-bag instead of plastic
- Reject plastic bags and use an onion net bag for your fruits and veggies
- Use refillable containers whenever possible
- Rinse and reuse plastic containers
- Share containers with friends and recommend your friends and family use them instead.
Thanks for joining us on this exploration of environmentally friendly shampoo. If we missed anything, please let us know in the comments.