"Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have." Margaret Mead
Did you know that EVERY SINGLE toothbrush you have used in your life still exists?
We know there is a plastic problem, we've seen the 'sea of plastic', THAT image of a seahorse carrying a cotton bud and we know Australia and the Amazon are on fire. Realistically, we can't fly there to help. That said, surely we can do something?
One of the solutions are zero waste shops, enabling more of us to address our household reliance on single-use plastic. I also aspire to be zero waste in our household. However, recently I noticed our bathroom cabinet - full of lotions, potions, and pastes - all in single-use, plastic containers that may not be recyclable. Can you relate?
You can? That's fantastic, stay with us!
No? You aren't alone.
Either way, read on.
That said, even the industry is recognising they have a problem.
- "The beauty industry relies heavily on single-use plastic packaging" (National Geographic).
- "A HUGE amount of this becomes waste that winds up in our environment, with face wipes creating river beds and most fish containing plastic waste as a result of this." (Glamour)
- "It’s been reported that over 20 billion units of packaging are produced every year by the global cosmetics industry, most of which are not recyclable." (independant.com)
To sum it all up;
"While it is unclear just how much waste is produced, what is crystal clear is that our desire to smell gorgeous, feel clean and have pretty packaging costs far more than just our salary."
My story starts in a local high street chemist, shopping for eye cream. Pretty colours as far as the eye can see. I walked out with a single use plastic tube of cream that will last for 8 weeks. And, once it's empty there is a high possibility it won’t be recycled, even when I put it in the appropriate bin!
This gave birth to The Beauty Bottle.
I want to change the way we for cosmetics, think sustainable -- refill, reduce, reuse, rethink. By opening a zero-waste store in the historic Leeds Corn Exchange, specialising in refillable, sustainable cosmetics, with a focus on UK sourced products. Lowering our carbon footprint and bringing zero-waste thinking to our personal care products, not just our food. Because this IS planet B. My vision is to offer as many refill products as possible in terms of make-up, creams, cleansers etc. Or as my husband would say - 'lotions & potions'
“Doing your ‘bit’ to tackle climate change isn’t all about attending rallies, addressing the UN and moving ‘off-grid’. You can be part of this change by simply altering the way you consume. The Beauty Bottle will help you address this, allowing you to obtain refillable, sustainable products that don’t cost the earth, or your bank account.”
Jenny Cavanaugh-Bond, Beauty Bottle Co-Founder
Want to help?
Here's the deal. For a little of your cold, hard cash, we promise to spend your money wisely and offer some nice little (and large) treats carefully curated for you - all without plastic wrapping!
The funds raised during the campaign will be used to secure premises in the historic Leeds Corn Exchange and create a zero-waste sanctuary in the bustling city centre of Leeds.
Ultimately, the store will provide:
- Access to a large range of zero waste products to redefine your beauty routine
- Refillable make up ranges
- Showcase small UK suppliers that support local, ethical manufacturing
- Employment for the local community, because working 24/7 is not sustainable
I've been in touch with some amazing suppliers who have pledged not only their enthusiasm & support but provided some of the generous rewards.
Not only that, together we can create change on a GLOBAL scale. Are you in? Choose your reward, add your pledge and join the refill revolution.
For more information about the Beauty Bottle, visit our website.