Cosmetic products are often overlooked when it comes to waste. Many people make an effort to recycle paper & glass….. but packaging from products like toothpaste or deodorant are often not possible to recycle. The big leaders in this industry are doing little to help the problem, but luckily there are more and more green companies working to make sustainable options. We are so happy to be collaborating with the brand Coconut Matter for this article. They have an incredible range of natural deodorants which are zero-waste (from production to post-consumption) and completely biodegradable. Their passion for sustainable beauty is contagious and we’ve loved trialling their deodorants for the past few weeks!
The ugly truth is that the beauty industry creates a huge amount of waste. In 2018 it generated over 142 billion units of packaging. Yep, billion, and it’s predicted that only 50% of this is eventually recycled. That’s a lot of waste going to landfill and a lot toxic chemicals polluting the land and waters. We know the numbers are scary, but we hope this post empowers you to make a change & gets you thinking about your own use/disposal of bathroom products!
In the UK alone, we use approximately 600 million aerosol cans every year, which are mainly from deodorants, anti-perspirants and body sprays. Although it is possible to recycle aerosol cans, it’s more complicated than it seems as they need to be completely empty, dry and clean, which they’re often not. Also, the compressed gases in these types of deodorant are really harmful to the environment and contribute to cO2 emissions.
Since completely switching to natural products a few years ago, we’ve personally made a real effort to either make our own deodorant at home or purchase ones in reusable tins/jars. So for the purpose of this article we’ll time travel back to our days of aerosol deodorant cans and roll ons. We estimated that an average sized deodorant can would last us around 4 weeks. so between us that would have created 20-24 units of waste per year. Even if we decided to choose roll-on rather than a spray, the majority of these are still packaged in plastic and it uses a lot of energy to recycle them due to the mixture of plastics they contain.
Eco-anxiety is on the rise and it’s easy to get doomy and gloomy reading statistics like this. But we can see that even if we decide to switch just one of our bathroom products, that’s 10-12 less units of waste per year, per person. Multiply that by 1 million and that’s 12 million less every year. Our small choices can make a huge impact and your body will also thank you in the long run ….
Natural Deodorant for Healthy Armpits
We personally believe that if you’re going to switch any bathroom product to a natural alternative, deodorant is the best place to start. Unfortunately so many of the products available on the market are full of toxic ingredients such as aluminium, parabens & pesticides like triclosan. Not only can these ingredients irritate our skin externally, but they are also absorbed into our body and have been linked to serious health problems in multiple studies.
Sweating is a natural body function that we need in order to aid detoxification. When we use toxic anti-perspirants that stop this process, we disrupt our armpit’s microbiome and can actually end up smelling worse in the long run.
Review of Coconut Matter’s Mood Deodorants Range
We’ve been trying out a couple of the Coconut Matter deodorants for the past few weeks and we’re really impressed with both the deodorant and the packaging. We’re currently on a backpacking trip around Portugal and despite all the hiking and hot weather, we’re still smelling fresh thanks to this deodorant! Our favourite scent is definitely the ZEN, with woody tones of cedarwood and vetiver. The packaging is also really compact and feels very secure … which we weren't expecting when we read it was 100% biodegradable.
The deodorants come in a stick which you push up and then slide across the armpit. It feels really soft and we’re sure it would be ideal for sensitive skin (especially as it doesn’t contain baking soda like many natural deodorants). Overall, we would really recommend the range of deodorants and will continue to enjoy testing them for the next few months!