Since deciding to try and live more sustainably, I’ve started looking at some of my everyday habits differently. Around eight million tonnes of plastic waste is dumped into our oceans every year; we produce mountains of plastic refuse. I recently came across Plaine Products, a subscription-based company that has created natural, vegan toiletries packaged in reusable, returnable aluminium bottles. When you’ve used the bottle up, mail it back and they send you a new one.
Introducing Plaine Products
Plaine was set up by two sisters, Lindsey and Ali. They’re raising awareness of the environmental issues caused by single-use plastic products and encouraging people to make small changes with more sustainable options.
So far, Plaine offers a shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, all in a rosemary, mint, and vanilla scent. I wasn’t sure I’d like this combination as I ordinarily default to sweet candy-like smells. The Plaine scent is refreshing and my hair feels soft. Furthermore, the natural ingredient list is reassuringly easy to recognise and pronounce (I like to read labels aloud in the shower).
Lindsey and Ali chose aluminium bottles for their durability and because when the material is recycled, it doesn’t diminish in quality. The bottles are strong enough to endure multiple trips to and from the customer and will be well loved before recycled.
How does it work
You can either place one-off orders or sign up for the subscription service. When your delivery arrives, you can send back your empty bottle(s) in the same package (a return label is also provided). Plaine cleans and sterilises its returned bottles and these are then refilled and reused.
My Thoughts on Plaine Products
I’m a big fan of Plaine Products. When plastic is recycled, the material becomes a lesser quality. I love that Plaine uses aluminium, which can be recycled indefinitely and that all their toiletries are cruelty-free, baby safe and hypoallergenic. They even ship using EcoEnclose, which provides compostable packaging. I look forward to seeing what Plaine has planned for the future.
A three-pack subscription, including shampoo, conditioner, and body wash costs $80 and should last about four months. To check out their site, click here.
If you’re interested in giving Plaine a try, first-time buyers can get 25% off with “first25.” This is for those of you who want to order a set of products to try them out before you subscribe, or if you prefer to reorder when you run low instead of subscribing.
Special thanks to Plaine Products for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.