Jill Saunders founded Beauty and the Bees more than 25 years ago in Tasmania and continues to hand make natural products in Hobart Tasmania.
Taking care of the environment is central to our business. When we began 25 years ago I was not prepared to use plastic under any circumstances. And that remains the case.
We never use plastic containers. Instead, we use glass jars and bottles, tins and paper boxes.
It’s been a hard road avoiding plastic over that time and has been costly because of the added weight with mail orders, but I’m happy to say we’ve saved a million bottles going into landfill by only using tin, paper, glass and wood.
So, it’s not only good for your conscience and the environment but gives customers something they can re-use which makes it very cost effective.
For instance, we recently introduced our lip balm to the market. It took me years to find a metal container because we weren’t prepared to use plastic which most other companies use.
It’s interesting to see so many organic companies on the internet who unfortunately still house their products in plastic. I just don’t understand that.
We’ve really taken a purist approach on this and it’s good to see the recent focus on the environmental scourge of plastic. Something like 550 million bottles of shampoo alone goes into landfill every year.
Multiply that by all the personal care products available and it’s an environmental catastrophe which, happily, more people are now beginning to understand.
As a company, we’re really proud that we’ve stuck to our ethics and only use glass, cardboard, tin or paper.
It hasn’t been easy, but we’re pleased we did because we can honestly say we are one of the ONLY companies worldwide that is literally plastic free.
And have been for 25 years.
I really want to share our plastic-free message because it’s now coming to the fore and we’re in a unique position to provide a quality alternative for other people who want to go plastic-free.