Seemingly plain and unassuming, our little black pots are more than just vehicles for our shampoos, cleansers, conditioners and more. In fact, they’re as innovative as most of the products we create!
As often as possible, we try to create products that don’t require any packaging at all – it’s what gives our shops that signature Lush smell – but for many of our lovely liquid products, packaging is a must. In those cases, we use 100% recycled plastic to make the pots, bottles and lids that house them. Our buying team has been busy over the last year trying to make these pots greener than ever by working behind the scenes with our suppliers.
For a number of years, our main supplier of black pots has been a company across the pond in Taiwan. However, simply sourcing pots made from recycled materials wasn’t making enough of an environmental impact for us. We wanted to reduce our footprint even further by finding and working with a local supplier – and we did!
West coast plastic
Based in Oregon and British Columbia, our newest suppliers are almost right in our backyard – a huge reduction in distance travelled when compared to Taiwan. To maintain our high quality standards for our unique black pots, we rely on three different suppliers: one company to collect, sort and wash recycled plastic, a second to create the resin which is used to mold our black pots and a third company – just 12 miles away from us in Vancouver – to mold them into their final form.
The life of our pots begins with…you guessed it…recycled plastic! Collected from curbside blue bins across Oregon, California, Washington and British Columbia, plastic is collected, sorted, granulated, washed and turned into flakes. Flakes are then sorted into many different kinds of plastics, including polypropylene, which is used to make our black pots and lids.
Once complete, the flakes are turned into a resin and sent to a supplier here in Vancouver – only 12 miles away from our factory – who is then tasked with molding it into our beautiful black pots. All recycled, all local.
What goes around, comes around
Once our recycled black pots arrive at our factory, we fill them with our most luxurious products and send them straight out to our shops across North America. And to be certain they’re as environmentally friendly as possible, we encourage every single one of you to be part of our closed-loop recycling. That’s where we offer your favorite products packaged in recycled plastic pots, and when you’re done with them, you simply return five of them to any of our shops and we give you a free fresh face mask! Then we send them back to our Vancouver supplier, where they regrind and remold those pots again and again. So much more goes into our pots than our luxurious products!