Our Journey to Zero Waste
Posted on April 03 2019
We all realize that our actions have an impact.
And as a company, we see that our actions have larger ripples because of the scale of our impact. We want to do our part to make sure each of our choices makes the world a better, brighter place. Realizing that every decision has an impact, we want to leave this planet a better place than we found it.
Us too. Let's do it! Plastic is a terrible choice for our planet. Glass is recyclable and can be broken down. It's made from silica and biodegrades. Jason wants to find a way around the necessity of the plastic cap. And now that we have an ideal cap on our bottles, we can more easily move toward that goal. It'll take time, but every purchase here supports that step.
Eventually, I'm sure plastic will be banned. But we'd rather be proactive than reactive. We want to lead this charge, not make changes because we're forced to do so.
We frequently examine our processes to look for ways to eliminate waste
Our recent release of the Lavender Bath Tea was the result of looking at our process and realizing we could reduce our waste and repurpose our tea. The teas are used to make our deodorant extra-effective against bacterial stink culprits (for more info, check out our blog post The Science of Stink). But since we don't soak them in water, a bunch of the goodness of the tea is still available as a bath tea.
We're looking for more ways to reuse products and are currently working on a way to make it easy for you to recycle your bottles. Keep an eye out for more of our journey to zero waste through product releases and new programs we'll be implementing.
Caring for our planet is more than just a fun idea. It's imperative for ensuring this place can take care of our children and their kids.
5 Ways to Reduce Your Waste
1. Stop buying plastic resealable bags
Replace them with wax paper, Bees Wrap, paper bags, or upcycle your old T-Shirts by turning them into no-sew bags. I have personally done this and I love it. I carry everything in old T-Shirt bags, or just use a Rubbermaid container instead.
2. Say "No" to straws and throw-away cutlery
The one challenge we've had is learning to be proactive to tell waiters and baristas that we don't need straws or cutlery. Sometimes we end up with it anyway, and while we then return it, we're pretty sure they just throw it away.
3. Bring carry-out containers with you
You can get an assortment of carry-out containers for bringing with you. Or just use the containers you store leftovers in at home. Think about how much trash you'll avoid just by reusing containers.
4. Choose non-plastic packaging wherever possible
OF COURSE we have to say this. We are changing deodorant by producing it in glass containers. There are other huge offenders, too, like shampoo and conditioner. We're intrigued by LUSH and other beauty brands that have introduced shampoo and conditioner bars.
5. Carry a water bottle, reusable coffee cup, etc
The effort to wash it really isn't that bad. You wash cups and bowls and plates at home. Why not grab a stylish, high-performance reusable container of your choice and save the planet while looking good? It's a small change, and it's also likely to make you up your personal hydration game.
What are your favorite zero-waste hacks? We'd love to hear them. So often, we gain inspiration from you!