Low Waste is Lush
I had planned to dedicate my next few blog posts to breaking down sustainable living room by room, starting with the bathroom. However when I tried to list the main ways to reduce waste (no pun intended) in the bathroom I couldn’t overlook the shear amount of Lush products that I use for almost every part of my regime.
Now I like using Lush products for a variety of reasons:
- Lush uses all natural ingredients in their products which is great for someone who like me, is allergic to almost every synthetic skin care product on the market.
- They support many good causes, from their stance against animal testing to their charity pot hand and body cream, which donates 100% of the money made by it to the small charities that they advertise.
- Finally and most importantly for this blog, they use minimal, entirely recycled and recyclable containers for all of their products.
To go into more detail, Lush advocate for the recycling of their product packaging by giving you the incentive of returning 5 clean pots to them for a free face mask. Their soaps, massage bars, shampoo and conditioner bars are all wrapped in recyclable paper and can be kept in reusable metal tins. Due to their use of natural products their exfoliants do not include the plastic micro-beads that are polluting our oceans and killing our marine life.
I have also found that whilst on the surface Lush products may just seem like a middle-class white girls dream (and on some levels they are), they are in-fact quite cheap whilst still being well made. I can prove this with some comparisons of my main Lush products and their supermarket comparisons.
The shampoo and conditioner bars that I use, ‘Honey I washed my hair’ and ‘Big’, cost £6.50 a piece. Which may seem expensive but when you consider that fact that they both last me around 2-3 months they are actually cheaper than their liquid substitutes. An average bottle of liquid shampoos or conditioner costs around £2.50 and lasts me 2 weeks at the most, this comes to £15 per product every 3 months opposed to £13 for both products every 3 months.
The face cleanser I use, “Let the good times roll’ costs £7.50 for a 100g pot and once again lasts me around 3 months. The other daily skin cleaning products that I have used cost around the same but only last about 2 months.
A tiny pot of the charity hand and body moisturiser lasts me nearly 5 months and costs £3.75 which by all accounts is much cheaper than most moisturisers of the same quality on the market. And it has the added benefit of improving the lives of others through donations.
Whilst I do hesitate to push companies or consumerism in general I do believe in critical shopping, as well as focusing on sustainable and environmentally friendly products. Lush as a company comes up trumps on all accounts.