Small swaps that’ll make a big difference to your hair & our planet

Life in plastic? It’s *not* fantastic!

Lots of us have already ditched single use coffee cups and water bottles, but there are plenty of other ways we can help reduce our plastic usage.

From Aussie to Garnier, some of the biggest names in the haircare industry have raised the bar with planet-friendly solutions. We’re talking naked shampoo, refillable conditioner, recyclable bottles – the lot. Focusing on the three Rs (you know, reduce, reuse, recycle), these forward-thinking brands are helping us live a greener lifestyle.

Why is sustainability important?

If you’re a David Attenbrough fan (who isn’t?), you’ll probably know all about the plastic crisis. Although it’s a super convenient material, plastic is also a massive pollution problem, especially in our oceans.

By the end of 2021, P&G (they’re the mother brand of Head & Shoulders, Pantene, Herbal Essences, Aussie and more) are aiming to reduce their virgin plastic usage by 50 percent.** That should save up to 10,000 tonnes of virgin plastic each and every year. Ten. Thousand!

P&G’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Virginie Helias, says: “It’s no longer about if or what we can do, but how quickly we can do it – the window is now for embracing new sustainable lifestyles.”

If you’re ready to minimise your environmental footprint, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our top sustainable haircare picks that really pack a punch. Be warned – you’ll want to try the lot!

Aussie have officially entered the refillable game! Packed with moisturising macadamia nut oil, Miracle Moist Shampoo is housed in a plastic-free (excluding the pump) refillable bottle with a gorgeous wildlife print. What else? It’ll quench dry, damaged and parched locks, and it’s recognised as cruelty-free by PETA. We’ll talk you through how to refill your bottle below…

Talk about sustainable shampoo! Using 60 percent less plastic (per ml) than a standard Aussie bottle, the Miracle Moist Refill Pouch can be poured directly into your aluminium bottle. Happy planet, happy hair – it’s a win-win.

With sustainably sourced ingredients (think organic aloe vera), Garnier’s Coconut Hydrating Shampoo Bar helps nourish and hydrate locks. Totally vegan* and 97% biodegradable, this formula leaves tresses soft and shiny. Simply wet your bar and make it foam, before lathering from root to tips. Store your plastic free haircare in a dry place to keep it in tip-top condition.

This repair and protect shampoo helps to reverse signs of damage and gently cleanses – plus, it now comes in a plastic free (excluding the pump) refillable bottle with a stylish outer design inspired by the ocean ecosystem. A great way to jazz up your bathroom shelf!

Blended with argan oil, prickly pear and amino acid complex, Repair & Restore Shampoo is perfect for those with dry and damaged hair. Packaged in an eco-friendly, 100% recycled bottle and cap, this formula nourishes, detangles and softens tresses. Oh, and did we mention it’s vegan* and cruelty-free?

Get luscious locks in no time! Packed with cocoa butter, coconut oil, vitamin B5 and zesty lime oil, The Guardian’s Solid Conditioner leaves hair looking smooth and healthy. To use your sustainable conditioner, simply slide the wet bar down freshly shampooed hair four or five times. Pop the bar down and massage the conditioner in, before leaving it to work its magic for a couple of minutes.

Palm free, The Guardian can also be used as a shaving bar or an in-shower moisturiser – talk about multitasking!

Join the re-use revolution with Beauty Kitchen’s Organic Vegan Shampoo. With super gentle, sustainably sourced ingredients (think organic aloe vera and coconut oil), hair is left feeling ultra-soft and clean. Simply return your empty bottle to Beauty Kitchen, where they’ll wash and reuse it. Find out more here!

*Vegan formulas do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.