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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Putting the three R’s into action

When it comes to waste, less is more. We’re always striving to reduce our environmental impact while creating beautiful and innovative cosmetics and gifts. Here are just a few ways we’re putting the three R’s into action!


Reducing waste altogether is our first priority. Our product inventors are leading the way with innovative solid products which eliminate the need for packaging altogether with about 35% of our product range now being “naked”.

When eliminating waste completely isn’t possible, we’re continually looking for ways to reduce the amount we need to create. Several years ago we decided to stop offering paper and cellophane gift wrapping in our shops, opting instead to offer fabric Knot-Wraps. Not only are the fabric wraps reusable as gift wrap or as an accessory, they’re made from either 100% organic cotton or a fabric that’s woven from recycled plastic bottles.

Recently our buying team worked with our bottle supplier to reduce the thickness of our clear plastic bottles. This small change has resulted in a huge amount of saved plastic, and hasn’t affected the quality or durability of our bottles. It’s a win-win!


When we do use packaging or create materials that could produce waste, we ensure they can be reused after they’ve served their Lush purpose.

Many of our gifts are packed up in pretty reusable boxes, which can be reused to give another gift, or to organize jewellery, stationary, tools or anything else you can think up.

Our seasonal product flyers, printed on 100% recycled paper, also double as paper gift wrap. While one side of the flyer dishes the details of the exciting limited edition products and gifts, the opposite side is printed with a gorgeous image that makes for an attractive and environmentally-friendly gift wrap.


Recycled and recyclable are two of our favorite words. Our in-store bags are made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper and are recyclable, reusable or compostable, and our catalog is printed on 100% recycled paper too.

Each one of our pots (created just 12 miles away from our Vancouver factory) and bottles are made from BPA-free 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, and can be reused, recycled or returned to a Lush shop for recycling. When you return five clean, empty pots to a shop, you’ll even get a free fresh face mask!

You’ll experience our commitment to the three R’s in our web shop, too. When you order online with us, your products will be lovingly wrapped in a biodegradable cellulose bag, when necessary. They’re then popped into a 100% recycled cardboard box and protected with Renature packing peanuts, a vegetable-based material that breaks down in water, and can be composted too.