There is only one planet Earth; only one planet (that we know of) where humans can exist. So we need to take good care of it, the same way we take care of our bodies and minds.
Caring for our planet has always been at the core of Vari Cosmetics - from our packaging to the natural bath bombs and cosmetics themselves, we are always taking steps to use plastic-free alternatives. With more and more eco-friendly bath bomb alternatives on the market today, we feel it's become a necessity to make eco-conscious decisions when buying from businesses or suppliers.
Here are some of the steps we've taken to ensure we're caring for our planet while making our handmade bath bombs.
BATH BOMBS ARE ECO FRIENDLY, NATURALLY
Bath bombs by nature are an eco-friendly alternative to any bath product that comes in plastic, such as bubble bath, shower gel or salts. Bath bombs simply dissolve in water, creating very little waste. So, if you're buying bath bombs to enjoy your relaxing baths then chances are you are already helping support our planet.
ECO FRIENDLY PACKAGING FOR YOUR BATH BOMBS
What your bath bomb is packaged in is what you need to look out for. Many bath bombs still come wrapped in plastic bags. The reason many manufacturers use these plastic bags is because they are the most reliable packaging to ensure no moisture enters the bath bomb, while allowing the bath bomb to still be visible through the packaging. In the last year or so, biodegradable alternatives have become more and more accessible and affordable, meaning there's really no good reason to continue using non-recyclable plastic anymore.
Up until recently, here at Vāri we were packaging our handmade bath bombs in paper bags. However, we've recently upgraded to biodegradable compostable bags made from cellulose. These bags provide exactly the same benefits as plastic bags - the bath bombs are protected as well as visible through the packaging - however, the shelf life is shorter than plastic (approximately 12 months shorter). For products such as bath bombs, this really isn't much of an issue as most bath bombs have a shelf life of 6-12 months anyway, so we're pleased to be able to use these bio bags, making our bath bombs pretty much as eco friendly as can be.
We're also eco-conscious about our other products, such as our shower steamers, wax melts, soaps, face cloths and face scrubbies! Wherever we can, we use environmentally friendly alternatives for packaging.
ECO FRIENDLY SHIPPING
This has been our mission from day one: to make our packaging for shipment as environmentally friendly as possible.
We use brown paper, biodegradable packaging peanuts, cardboard boxes and gum tape to wrap your parcels. Sometimes we need to put your parcels into bags for our courier, and these are biodegradable as well. We're lucky to work with DPD as one of our main couriers, who is also environmentally conscious.
All of our packaging can be recycled, massively reducing our carbon footprint.
MANUFACTURING WITH PLANET EARTH AT OUR CORE
In August 2019, we moved into our workshop and hired our first members of staff making bath bombs and other cosmetics here in Buckinghamshire. We felt this was the perfect opportunity to make eco-conscious decisions about our storage, equipment, wastage and processes.
We recycle, turn off electrics when they’re not being used, we use natural methods of manufacturing bath bombs (by hand rather than machine), we use biodegradable bin bags, stainless steel moulds, and reduce our carbon footprint by combining as many parcels into one courier run as possible. We are also a short drive away from our workshop, and we are also an online business - meaning our carbon footprint is pretty tiny!
We even tried a plastic-free alternative for our picking boxes - however, the weight of our bath bombs proved too heavy for cardboard boxes!
We are by no means perfect. We've learnt a lot since operating and made a lot of mistakes in the beginning but we are always learning and adapting. There's still more we would like to do and initiatives we're exploring. We also plan on liaising with our suppliers who to see how they can reduce their use of plastic via packaging.
It's one step at a time, one small change is progress, and we'll be continually exploring ways we can continue to care for your planet by offering the best handmade and eco friendly bath bombs in the uk.