Zero Time, Zero Waste
Life is fast paced. Sometimes we just don’t have the time to be as sustainable as we would like. So when a beauty brand comes along that does all the thinking for us, we couldn’t be more on board. Meet Bolt Beauty, the skincare for busy people.
A New Way To Travel With Skincare
Beauty products are not always designed to be easily transported. Especially the so called ‘sustainable’ ones. Glass bottles are heavy and take up space, lids come undone, spillages are frequent. Lisa, like many women, was not immune to these problems. ‘My boyfriend and I had planned a 3 week trip to celebrate my 30th birthday,’ she remembers. ‘The day before we were due to travel, we were packing and he turned to me and said “Oh, you’re only bringing hand luggage”.’ Talk about a bombshell! As a skincare obsessive she was totally unprepared and ended up buying products in various airports. ‘Good luck getting your normal skincare in Luang Prabang,’ she joked.
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What Makes Bolt Beauty It Different?
The range comprises of four products, all housed in handy little pre portioned capsules. Each capsule contains the perfect amount of product, all ready to go. Simply pinch off the top and use your product. Your capsules arrive in Home Jars and you then decant the capsules you need into your stacker. Don’t worry they are colour coded so you know exactly whats what. And thats it, simple. From a makeup bag stuffed full of bottles, jars and boxes, you instead have a small stacker with a four step skincare routine at your finger tips.
However, we can’t stop there without mentioning the zero waste aspect of the brand. The capsules themselves, once emptied, are easily dissolved in water, while the packaging is designed to be refillable and reusable. When you run out, you simply order a refill bag to fill your Home Jar again. The bags themselves are compostable of course
What are the Capsules made of?
The capsules are made from carrageenan which is made from a red and purple seaweed. Seaweed itself is a bit of a tiny miracle. Not only is it natural and vegan friendly, it’s also the world’s most sustainable crop. It grows fast, needing no fresh water, land or fertiliser. It’s also an amazing carbon sink. Through photosynthesis, it sucks up CO2 and at the same time reduces the acidification of the ocean (which is caused by carbon dioxide dissolving in the ocean). Bolt use cosmetic grade dyes to create the eye catching colours, which are then biodegradable. Simply dissolve the capsule in hot water, then pour it on your garden (or window box). Seaweed is a well known effective fertiliser so you’ll do your plants some good too.
No Plastic Packaging Waste
As we mentioned earlier, Bolt is also a zero waste brand. Aside from the biodegradable capsules, how do they achieve this? Lisa was adamant that every aspect should be either biodegradable or recyclable. That’s why your capsules arrive in a Home Jar, made of PET, then live life in your plastic stacker. Hold on, plastic did you say? I thought Bolt Beauty was a zero waste? ‘We carried out a carbon impact assessment when deciding between glass or plastic for the Home Jars,’ Lisa explained. ‘Glass is extremely energy intensive to create, it’s also heavier than plastic, and therefore shipping – both throughout the supply chain and to our customers – causes a higher carbon footprint.’ For Lisa, it wasn’t just about reducing the amount of packaging waste. The endeavour would be pointless if her carbon footprint wasn’t as low as it could be. ‘When you take into account the carbon impact of glass, it made more sense to use plastic so we could reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible.’
So Whats Next?
Not content with creating a zero waste skincare line, Lisa is keen to add to it as soon as possible so of course there are more products in development at the moment. However, she is also keen to point out that her main concern is making the products the very best they can be and keeping her customers happy. In creating a product for life, she understands the importance of being there when things go wrong and innovating exciting solutions to keep the brand as sustainable as possible. Trust us, once you twist that tiny capsule, you’ll never go back
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