Although clean beauty continues moving forward in leaps and bounds, sustainable packaging isn’t catching up fast enough. Brands have started making a conscious effort to offer purchasers good-for-you ingredients but their packaging still has a long way to go. For this reason, we celebrate the few brands out there who kept sustainability in mind when picking their packaging. Here is a roundup of the best hair brands with sustainable packaging.
If you are constantly appalled at the way we have abused single-use plastic, you’ll be delighted to hear the brand Hibar never touches the stuff. They offer salon-quality shampoo and conditioner formulas that are wrapped in recycled paper. This Hibar Solid Shampoo ($13.95) formula has honey and shea butter for added hair health. It doesn’t contain sulfates, phthalates, silicones, parabens or palm oil. They made the design compact, perfect for your next trip.
Universally considered the high bar for sustainable packaging, Seed Phytonutrients Daily Hair Cleanser ($24.00) comes in revolutionary shower-safe paper bottles made out of 100% post-consumer recycled paper. The brand’s bottles have a post-consumer recycled liner to help keep the paper from absorbing the formula inside. They don’t use harsh chemicals or sulfates and opt for ingredients like organic sunflower seed oil in their formulas.
Love Beauty and Planet
You know the tide is changing when a giant like Unilever launches a sustainable and clean brand. Love Beauty and Planet is Unilever’s first personal care brand in over two decades. It was inspired by the company’s sustainable living plan and offers ethical ingredients. The packaging wasn’t an afterthought either, the bottles are made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic. Love Beauty and Planet Blooming Color Conditioner ($6.99) delicately moisturizes while helping Unilever work towards reducing its carbon footprint by 20% by the year 2020.
Garnier is another one of the giants leading the charge in sustainability. Although we have a long way to go, by the end of this year, the brand is pledging to use 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic for shampoo, conditioner and leave-in bottles for its popular Sleek & Shine ($6.99) collection. In addition to their bottling efforts, Garnier has been poping-up all over the country with their Garnier Moblie Greenhouse, teaching consumers about their sustainability efforts and their new bottling practices.
Refillable shampoo and conditioner bottles are the epitome of sustainable packaging. Plaine Products ($60.00) urges buyers to “refill, reuse and rejoice.” The vegan shampoo and conditioner formulas aim to bring zero waste while giving problematic hair life. They use natural ingredients to moisturize, reduce frizz and bring hair shine. The 16oz aluminum bottles are biodegradable and the formula inside is cruelty-free.
Dove Hair Care Products
By the end of this year, Dove has committed to using 100 percent recycled plastic bottles for its line of products. The brand is a household name and this small change for them results in big changes for mother earth. The move to recycled bottles will save enough virgin plastic to circle the earth 2.7 times – per year. You heard that right. Per year. Dove’s move will create a massive impact and we hope smaller brands follow the trend.
If saving plastic is your game, Ethique is the name. One bar of their shampoo will save the earth the equivalent of three plastic bottles of shampoo. The brand’s Pinkalicious shampoo bar ($15.00) was created to celebrate their 5th birthday, but it was brought back by popular demand. With hints of vanilla and grapefruit, the organic, virgin, and fair trade coconut oil and cocoa butter work magic on your hair.
Although we tend to think that sustainability is all about the packaging, it actually begins way beforehand in a product’s life cycle. Transportation adds a huge carbon footprint and inefficiencies in packaging can tack on a huge amount of waste. Kevin Murphy set out to combat that phenomenon with a square line of products that can be packaged efficiently for transportation, like Tetris cubes if you will. Their Killer Curls ($39.00) formula above displays this type of packaging. The brand also works with salons to recycle old bottles and foils, providing a turnkey solution for sustainability woes.