As the coronavirus spread globally, big beauty brands stepped in to help frontline healthcare workers, switching over their production lines to produce hand sanitizer. When the usual suspects like Purell became scarce, brands from luxury to mass and across categories began launching hand sanitizer, but only a handful have considered the environmental toll of the packaging.
Hand sanitizer has become an essential part of personal care routines—the reliance on the ubiquitous single-use plastic bottles hand sanitizer is packaged in has increased in the name of coronavirus protection. Four brands have stuck to their sustainable guns to ensure the hard-won efforts to reduce plastic pollution don’t get rolled back.
by Humankind: Launched with a mission to eliminate excess packaging and single-use plastic from personal care products just a year ago, the brand has added a gel sanitizer to its product assortment.
The Formula: Contains 65% ethyl alcohol, witch hazel, and hyaluronic acid, and comes in an unscented, grapefruit version containing grapefruit essential oil, with a eucalyptus version on the way.
The Packaging: An 8-ounce reusable aluminum bottle designed to refill your now-empty travel-size plastic bottles of sanitizer.
The Give-Back: With every purchase, $1 goes towards the Robin Hood Foundation’s relief fund to support New Yorkers affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Dr. Shultz Permium Hand Sanitizer: “Stay Fresh — Fight the Germ”—Ian and Val had a goal to produce everyday products that make people’s lives better. They loved sanitizers but hated the smell and how it dried out hands. They turned to dermal-testing chemists to make a better formula.
The Formula: Makes the claim of killing 99.9% of germs with Aloe Vera, Carbomer, Deionized water, Dr. Shultz’s Original Essential and Fragrance Oil Blend, Triisopropanolamine, Silicone, Vitamin B, Vitamin D, Vitamin E.
A collaboration with Dr. Shultz x iLthy x Northern Row Distillery, the Emergency Hand Sanitizer is 80% ABV and uses the recommended WHO formula of glycerin, hydrogen peroxide, and purified water USP.
The Packaging: The brand encourages reuse and recycling. They encourage consumers to send bottles back for the brand to reuse. For every three bottles sent back, consumers receive a free product.
LOLI Beauty Grape Hand Tonic: The superfood, zero-waste beauty brand upcycles ingredients from organic food supply, and formulates multi-purpose 100% waterless products that are pure and potent. Founder Tina Hedges has reinvented the beauty industry supply chain.
The Formula: MADE SAFE® certified containing 70%+ steam-distilled organic grape alcohol, glycerin, witch hazel, organic essential oils of sweet orange, cinnamon bark, and clove.
The Packaging: The brand uses recycled, recyclable, refillable, and garden-compostable materials.
The Give-Back: The brand has open-sourced their formula for consumers who prefer the DIY path.
Simple Alchemy: Launched in August 2018 by partners in business and life, Bee and Col are passionate about creating products that are both good for you and completely environmentally friendly, sourcing all ingredients and packaging consciously.
The Formula: 95% alcohol and Organic Aloe Vera Gel to help soothe dried-out hands, and comes in Unscented or Fresh Orange scented with Sweet Orange Essential Oil that boasts additional antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
The Packaging: Bottles are glass, caps are aluminum, and the labels are 100% backyard compostable sugarcane. The optional droppers are made with glass and natural rubber, which the brand says biodegrades after time, unlike its synthetic counterpart. Reuse or recycle.
Photo: via Loli Beauty