On February 8th 2020 I attended an evening at the Ipswich Lush store with other bloggers in the local area. It was an extremely fun and useful event and the staff were all lovely. Really helpful and engaging. We were split into three groups and we went to three different stations during the evening.
At the first station I learned about the new spring editions to Lush and also got to see the limited edition Mother’s day products which has only just launched. They have a great gift set which has five products inside, based on the spice girls which I thought was fantastic.
Reducing plastic and the vegan range
The second station I went to, I learned about the range of products which Lush sell which have no plastic packaging. I will talk more about this in a moment.
Finally I got to see some of the products in the vegan range which was also really interesting to hear.
We were given a gift bag to take away which contained a mint choc chip bath bomb, a foot soak and four sample pots. The samples contained; pansy body lotion, nana shower gel, almond blossom shower gel and ultraplant vegan cleanser.
We also had some time to purchase any things that we would like so I treated myself to ‘Movis’ facial soap and ‘cookie dough’ lip scrub.
Why is reducing plastic important?
Learning about the products which Lush sell which have no plastic made me want to look into why it is important for us as a whole society to reduce our plastic waste. Friends of the Earth state that every year the UK are using over 2 million tonnes of plastic packaging. Only 9% of all plastic waste has ever been recycled and 1 million plastic bottles are purchased worldwide every minute. The statistics are shocking.
Greenpeace explain why simply recycling plastics is not enough. They describe how plastic breaks down and tiny microbeads spread into the ocean. They get into our food chain and we are yet to discover what harmful effects will emerge from the toxins in the microbeads.
What can we do?
We, as in the whole world, need to stop using plastics which are non essential in order to help reduce the devastating effects which humans are causing on the environment. One of the ways which we can do this is to use products which have no plastic packaging. This is where the lovely people from Lush can really help.
Lush has a whole range of products which they call their naked range. The products include but are not limited to; facial soaps, cleansers, shampoo/conditioner, shower gel, bubble bath and massage bars.
How these products work
Here we have the lovely Lion from the Ipswich store demonstrating how many bubbles you can get from the bubble bars. You simply hold them under running water for a few seconds and then leave to dry and you get a wonderful bath tub of bubbles.
No plastic packaging at all. It retails at £5.95 and Lush recommend keeping in a soap dish between uses.
The shampoo and conditioner bars just need to be wet and can then either be lathered up in your hands and then rub the lather into your hair or the bar can be rubbed directly onto your head.
Using products like these reduce plastic bottles and other packaging which will help the environment. However, it is difficult for those that are on a very low budget as these products do cost more than there packaged alternatives. For example, I have been buying branded make-up wipes when they are on offer so that they work out at £1 a pack. Each packet lasts me for approximately a month. I purchased Movis which I have been using and loving but it cost me £9. There is no way that it will last me nine months which is how many wipes I could of brought.
I know that our world should be more important than money but if you are struggling to feed your children, these types of issues really matter.
Other little things that you can do to help with reducing plastic waste
- Take reusable shopping bags out with you.
- Use reusable coffee cups and water bottles.
- Use paper straws
- Buy refills and store products in glass jars or caddies.
- Buy products which are loose with no plastic packaging when grocery shopping.
If we all make a few little changes to the way that we live we can really make a difference.