What's in your parcel?

Lush believe in the naked truth. That means being proud of every step our products take towards your door, from ethically sourcing ingredients to creating reusable gift packaging. Our mail order boxes are also naked which means your parcel contains the bare necessities... and we want to shout about it from the rooftops!

The quest for the perfect parcel was passed down to Lush by our predecessors Cosmetics to Go. Back in 1988, Cosmetics to Go were paving the way for many of the iconic products and beliefs that make up Lush today; they were thinking outside the box and standing up for ethical and environmental concerns. They were also thinking inside the box, paying attention to the little details that made their products so unique… The only thing left to think about was the box itself!

This quickly became the goal of Lush co-founder Rowena who designed a suitcase style package ideal for showcasing the Cosmetics to Go products in shredded paper and decked in bright stamps and stickers.

Since that day, it’s been a journey that only leads up for Lush packaging. In 2006, customers bought Lush naked shampoo bars rather than packaged liquid alternatives, saving 3 million plastic bottles from being made, transported and disposed of. On 12th July 2007, Lush staff across 55 cities in the UK put their bravery on show and went naked to campaign against the environmental damage caused by excessive product packaging.

We now also ship our solid products straight to you naked (don’t worry about the squidgy and delicate ones, they’ll still have biodegradable, compostable cellulose wrap). This might seem small, but it saves more than half a million cellulose bags a year!

The transformations go beyond minimising product packaging. We also utilise even more of the sheet board in manufacture, which means that our boxes use less cardboard and generate less waste whilst still being made from 100% recycled material. That includes the seal, which utilises a water-based glue. The cherry on the cake is that they are just as tough and durable as they were before.

Opening up your box, you’ll find your fresh naked products protected and separated by recycled cardboard dividers to stop any colour blending. They’ll be safely nestled in eco-flo chips, a fantastic alternative to polystyrene that has a potato starch base; this makes it biodegrade quickly in water and soil. Even your What’s in my parcel leaflet is printed on double-sided 100% recycled paper.

All this gives you the freedom to send birthday gifts in their birthday suits, giving presents with a clear conscience and treating yourself to a bath without unnecessary, environmentally-damaging unwrapping. You don’t have to listen to us if you don’t want to… the real proof is in the packing.

Inspired to reduce more packaging from your life? Check out our plastic free range.

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