Shopping sustainably goes beyond just choosing your local organic grocer over the chain supermarket in your area, or bringing your reusable coffee cup to the cafe down the road. While you may do everything you can to recycle and avoid unnecessary waste going to landfill, it’s important to also ensure the brands you’re shopping are doing the same.
We’ve rounded up some of our favourite brands who, like us, have committed to minimising their waste by using recycled materials and plastic-free packaging.
Bar None Haircare
This Aussie brand was founded out of a desire to minimise the amount of packaging in your everyday beauty line up, and to be pioneers in the war on waste. Bar None makes shampoo and conditioner bars that are both compact and packed with goodness. This means you save space on your shelf and you’re bound to use the entire product, with no measly bottle for the dregs to get stuck in. Each bar comes in a recyclable cardboard box, making the entire experience circular.
The Last Object
The Last Object is making the term ‘single use’ obsolete. The brand has taken everyday hygiene items and made them reusable. It’s hero product is LastSwab, a reusable Q-tip that comes in two designs for different applications, made from non-toxic, easy to clean materials. The Last Object estimates one LastSwab will replace up to 1,000 single-use cotton swabs. The brand also has LastTissue, a set of 6 reusable tissue/hanky hybrids, housed in a convenient pouch not unlike a disposable tissue packet, and LastRound, a reusable alternative to disposable cotton rounds. Each The Last Object product is packaged in 100% recyclable cardboard, so there is absolutely 0 waste.
Nimble creates active essentials for women in bold patterns and striking colours. Not only are their custom-engineered fabrics MoveLite and CompressLite both made from post-consumer waste and recycled plastics, the brand is dedicated to minimising waste across their entire supply chain. All online orders are sent in compostable mailer bags made from corn, while the brand uses plastic-free poly bags and swing tags for each garment.
Because your four-legged friend deserves only the most earth-friendly care. AniPal creates sustainable pet products using recycled waste. The brand’s founder Steph Stubbe had the idea whilst working as a veterinarian, feeling shocked to see just how many wildlife patients were suffering injuries as a result of pollution. Bright, ocean-themed collars and leads for your pooch are all made from recycled plastic bottles, creating more opportunities for cleaning up natural habitats and preventing plastic poisoning Aussie wildlife.