It’s no surprise that I’m trying to live a more eco-friendly, low-waste lifestyle, and that means less plastic. So much of the plastic around us is invisible to us (myself included!) until we take a closer look. It’s as if we seem to think that certain items just need to be in plastic, but it’s just not the case at all–there are so many alternatives.
Lip balm is one of those things. Most of it comes in plastic tubes, which may be recyclable, although we know that plastic is actually “downcycled” rather than truly recycled. Some people make their own lip balm, but I’m not there in my journey and to be honest I’m not quite sure if ever will be. Of course, there are good old fashioned metal tins, but I don’t like doing this when I’m out in public (I’m too much of a germaphobe!).
Enter paper tubes. I’ve seen the idea here and there before, such as from the US-based meow meow tweet but I always tried to choose local when possible. Signi from Siglarr Viking Naturals (which I’ve featured previously) was so kind to send me a couple of tubes of her new batch of lip balm in cardboard. This fantastic local company from Canada’s west coast has recently started to become even more eco-friendly by switching to paper for its lip balms and deodorants. How cool is that?
As you’ll see in the photo above, all you need to do to reveal more product is to push up the bottom of the tube with a pencil (or if you have hands the size of a child’s, like me apparently, just use your little finger). The photo below gives a better view of the tube and product up close.
According to Signi, the tube is fully biodegradable, and 100% compostable if you simply remove the label.
As far as the product itself goes, it’s one of the best lip balms I’ve ever tried, and I’m very picky! It goes on smoothly with no white residue, it’s not sticky, and it has a lovely peppermint scent.
This is such an easy, fun swap to make in an eco-friendly lifestyle, and definitely something I’m going to stick with.
Have you tried products in paper? What’s your favourite low-waste lip balm? Let me know in a comment below!