The plastic bottled products we use in the bathroom are a major contributor to the amount of waste produced at landfills, creating a large portion of greenhouse gas emissions. This is reported to be as much as 16.2% of the total U.S. anthropogenic methane, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Additionally, this waste also supplies plastic pollution, spoiling our oceans and terrestrial environment. Soap bars are the simple fix to this issue. They have a 25% less carbon footprint than bottled toiletries on a per wash basis and have a better longevity compared to bottled products, for example shampoo bars have a longevity of up to 90 washes! Thistle and Clay are excelling in the zero waste beauty sector. They are led my Mairi MacDonald, producing handmade shampoo, conditioner, skincare soap bars, as well as other beauty products! Mairi founded the brand whilst researching ways to use environmentally-friendly, nasty-free skincare products for her family to use, and makes her soaps using organically sourced ingredients and decided to open the business that is now Thistle and Clay.
All soaps produced by Mairi are friendly to ALL skin types, made with organic ingredients, and are free from palm oil, sls, sles, silicones, parabens, phthalates and synthetic colours and fragrances! And, amazingly, they are vegan-friendly! Importantly, the shampoo and conditioners are available for all hair-types from oily to dry hair OR even if your hair needs some nourishing support.
I have been trying the ‘Rejuvenator – Hair Kit’ which includes a shampoo and conditioner bar in the scent sweet orange, geranium rose, lavender, ylang ylang, and angelica. It was perfect for being away with work and keeping them both in the same small tin. Perfect for travelling when you need a simple hair care routine. Finding a brand which is Scotland based is such a plus when trying to support local and small businesses.
Mairi is making massive changes in Aberdeenshire with Thistle and Clay. All beauty products are packaged in compostable, recyclable or re-usable materials, AND are PLASTIC-FREE. It is important to support independent local businesses like this as they will also be the future of the local high street. Mairi has big plans to use more reclaimed, recycled or sustainable materials in their business. Thistle and Clay have recently opened a shop in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire which Mairi has great plans for. This shop will include a manufacturing/kitchen and retail area, as well as a community space which will encourage engagement with local people and visitors through workshops. These will teach people how to make their own soaps, perfumes AND importantly show others how to live a less waste lifestyle!
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