a person filling up a reusable shampoo container in a zero waste refill store

Eco Friendly Hair Care

19 May 23 3 minute read

Say hello to zero waste hair care and reduce your carbon footprint one strand at a time!

The UK throws away an alarming 530 million bottles of shampoo every year. These hair care products take up valuable bathroom space and often end up in landfills, as many people are unsure of what is recyclable. In fact, a study by Brabantia found that only 58% of people recycle bathroom products compared to 71% of kitchen products, it's time to clean up our act and start being more sustainable in the bathroom. 

Generally, the rule of thumb is that anything in a bottle can usually be recycled. For items in pots and tubes, we recommend checking what is recyclable in your area or heading to a local beauty recycling point that collects mixed plastics. 

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The UK throws away 520 million shampoo bottles every year. 

Reduce plastic waste from hair care products

Why not give shampoo bars a try? Bar alternatives are a perfect on-the-go solution and come without the hassle of bulky packaging. Bars tend to lather easily, meaning they last longer than bottled products so not only save you money but can also help reduce your consumption. 

two hands lathering a shampoo bar

Reuse old fabric to create heatless hairstyles

Get creative and reuse old leggings, tights, or bathrobe belts to create heatless curls. This is a great way to save time styling your hair, as well as cutting down on energy used by heated hairstyling tools. 

Opt for second-hand styling tools 

Hair styling tools and electrical equipment can be expensive and often end up in cupboards going unused. Look for second-hand options to reduce consumption and cut down on electrical waste. 

Check out Revolve to find reuse stores that sell safe second-hand electronics. 

Give DIY hair masks a go

Have some fun creating homemade beauty and hair products that are gentle on your skin and hair. When making your own products, you have control over the ingredients that go into them, and can choose natural ingredients that are good for you and the environment. 

Making your own products can also reduce your carbon footprint, by using ingredients from your kitchen or garden that would otherwise go to waste, and using reusable containers to store your new products.

Try some of our favourite DIY hair essentials. 

Homemade shampoo


  • 1/4 cup castille soap 
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk 
  • 10-20 drops of your favourite essential oils


Mix your ingredients in a bowl then add to a reusable bottle, your shampoo will last up to 1 month. 

coconut shell and small reusable shampoo bottle
mixing bowl with homemade oat conditioner

Homemade conditioner


  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp of your favourite essential oils


Add hot water to the oats and stir until it becomes a paste consistency, add the remaining ingredients and allow to cool. Add your mix to a reusable container and use during your next hair wash!

Homemade conditioning mask


  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Add a tbsp of essential oil for scent


Mash your banana, egg and honey until you achieve a smooth consistency. Add your favourite oil and store in a reusable container for up to 2 weeks.

DIY banana mask in a bowl, with banana and application brush in the background