Zero-waste living isn't just bamboo toothbrushes and metal straws. You can get on the hype with your cosmetics, too.
Given that packaging is the main source of plastic waste – it accounts for fifty nine per cent of it – getting a handle on this issue is a good shout.
One beauty brand going hard on the issue is Lush. Aside from their existing set of 'naked' shampoo and soap bars, they're working on cool new ways to make packaging sustainable.
Giles Verdon, head of the company's sustainable campaign team Earthcare, says that customers want to cut back on plastic packaging – now. "The writing is on the wall, public opinion, plastic bag bans, publicity about ocean plastic all point to a virtually packaging free future," he tells us.
We went down to Lush's 'Naked House' event, all about their on-going environmental work, to discover what's in the pipeline for sustainable packaging.
Here's what's coming soon.
As well as being storing your package-free shampoo or soap bars, (Lush's shampoo bar saves the use of nearly 6 million plastic bottles a year) these little guys are made from pesticide-free Portuguese trees.
Bath bomb trays
Constructed by mixing recycled paper into a pulp, adding water and leaving the mixture to dry into a mould, these trays will perform the very important role of protecting Lush's infamous fragrant bath bombs. Watch this space.
Bath oil boxes
Made from one hundred per cent recycled takeaway coffee cups, this new innovation will not just reduce packaging, but will also prove a second great bi-product of our caffeine addiction.