Finished using this lip balm? Plant it in your garden next

akkula plantable lip balm

We love cosmetics and skincare—we really do. But our zero waste advocate selves aren’t very thrilled about how most commercial beauty products come in plastic tubes and bottles. In 2018, over 120 billion units of cosmetics packaging were produced globally, and most of these weren’t recyclable at all. Thus, these end up in landfills—or even in the sea if not disposed properly. 

As a response to this problem, some companies have sworn to make their products’ plastic packaging reusable, refillable or compostable which we’re quite glad about. Of course, we, as consumers, should also make a conscious effort to choose eco-friendly products for a more sustainable lifestyle. 

While browsing for local personal care products that promote waste reduction, I stumbled upon these plantable lip balms from Akkula PH. It currently comes in seven variants: Tinted, vanilla, mint, grapefruit, hemp, lemon and orange.

According to its website, “the Akkula Vegan Lip Balm is made from candelilla wax instead of beeswax. Candelilla wax is a vegan alternative to beeswax. It is derived from the leaves of the Mexican shrub Euphorbia antisyphilitica.”

Each plantable lip balm is also packaged in a compostable handcrafted paper tube. Once you’ve used up the product, you can simply plant its compostable packaging, which Akkula infused with seeds of plants like basil, lavender, mint, thyme and spinach as a zero-waste effort.

These eco-friendly lip balms are available on Akkula PH’s website for P180, and you can pay for your orders via BDO bank deposits, LBC, Palawan Express, Cebuana Lhuillier or Gcash. You can also buy it on Akkula PH’s Shopee page.

Header photo from Akkula PH

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Writer: YANN MAGCAMIT © 2020. Hinge Inquirer Publications, Inc.