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  • Parapura’s Guide to Natural & Solid Shampoo Bars

    Read our guide to natural and low waste shampoo bars to help you make the switch from plastic. Get a glimpse into the transition phase often associated with shampoo bars. The transition phase is a result of shampoo bars having a different PH level to your hair and scalp. Although it may take a few washes to transition in terms of getting used to the switch from a liquid shampoo to a shampoo bar it should not take long. If after several washes you’re still experiencing a chalkiness, the shampoo bar you’re using just isn’t right for you. Picture a perfume, you tend to test plenty of different scents before finding the one. Our range is tried and tested ensuring you can have more confidence a product will work for you, first time around. Make sure to check out our guide by hair type at the end of this article to help you decide. Why Natural Shampoo? Well, the biggest benefit is that there are no artificial chemicals – regular shampoos typically contain three main chemicals, namely, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) and parabens. While the former two are foaming agents, parabens are preservatives, but equally all three are known to cause skin irritation and/or allergic reactions. Natural ingredients don’t pose this risk plus have been proven to improve skin and hair health by gently nurturing your hair follicles and skin cells with the minerals, herbal extracts and oils they contain. In addition, chemicals used in regular shampoos cause harm to the environment. As our water waste drains away, it is diverted to treatment plants but harmful chemicals can end up in rivers and the ocean nonetheless costing particularly microorganisms at the bottom of the food chain. That is why biodegradable ingredients (meaning they decompose without causing pollution) as used in natural shampoos are that much more important. Why Solid Shampoo Bars? First of all, and one of the primary reasons why Parapura was born, shampoo bars are a great way to reduce plastic waste! Switching to this compact alternative will massively reduce the amount of plastic you use over time. But how is this possible, you ask? Well, did you know that liquid shampoos are up to 80% water? That means a huge amount of space is given to the very ingredient you can add in abundance yourself! On the other hand, bars are highly concentrated containing 100% ingredients that benefit you and make a fraction of the size, last that much longer. This is also a huge factor as to why shampoo bars are typically more expensive… you’re finally getting your moneys worth, hooray! Parapura’s Shampoo Bars by Brand Flow Cosmetics – Aesthetically gorgeous and representative of nature, benefit from organic and kind ingredients that are plentiful in Finland. - Size: 120g - Price: £13 - Number of washes: 65* - Price per wash: £0.20 Beauty Kubes – Organic, vegan and perfectly sized, these cubes are an innovative game changer when it comes to smart dosage. - Size: 27 cubes - Price: £9.50 - Number of washes: 27* - Price per wash: £0.35 Bottega Zero Waste – Delicately handmade in small batches, vegan and palm oil free. - Size: 70g - Price: £8 - Number of washes: 45* - Price per wash: £0.18 Pure Chimp – 100% natural and vegan with a cheeky twist. (Coming soon). - Size: 80g - Price: £6.95 - Number of washes: 45* - Price per wash: £0.16 Zero Waste Path – This 2in1 solution is extra practical and does exactly what the label says. (Coming soon). - Size: 70g - Price: £7.50 - Number of washes: 40* - Price per wash: £0.19 *All number of washes are estimates and will vary for each individual, plus depend on the storage conditions after each use. Our Guide by Hair Type Normal Hair: Beauty Kubes Normal, Bottega Zero Waste Lavender Dreams, Flow Cosmetics Marigold, Pure Chimp, Zero Waste Path Normal. Dry Hair: Bottega Zero Waste 2 in 1, Zero Waste Path Dry & Curly. Oily Hair: Beauty Kubes Oily, Zero Waste Path Oily. Coloured Hair: Flow Cosmetics Blonde, Brunnette & Red. Curly Hair: Zero Waste Path Oily. Sensitive Scalp: Zero Waste Path Itchy Scalp.

  • 10 resolutions just in time for the new decade

    New year, new me. We’ve all been there, done that and just how often have we set ourselves up for failure? Well, this year, instead of listing the 101 things you’d like to change about yourself we challenge you to do only the one: live more intentionally and heighten your awareness. Take small actions, consistently. Adopt new habits, with time. And please, don’t forget about the environment along the way. Switch to renewable energy. Electricity and heat is one of the largest carbon-emitting sectors. Green energy from clean, renewable sources such as solar, wind or hydro emits no greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels, reduces certain types of air pollution and can help you reduce your annual carbon footprint by as much as a quarter. On top, it helps reduce the dependencies of fuel imports plus spurs the uptake and development of the green energy sector. If your household operates on gas, opt for carbon neutral. Use search engine Ecosia for your web searches. Entrusted by more than 15 million users and operating across over 9,000 planting sites, Ecosia has to date planted more than 79 million trees through the reinvestment of its ad revenue. Through reforestation, a single search of yours will help remove 1kg of CO2 from the atmosphere. Host local clean-ups. Not only are you doing good, but clean-ups can be a great way to get directly involved with your community and raise everyone’s environmental awareness too (passers-by included!). Pick a location and time well in advance, decide on supplies required, any waivers and how you will be disposing of all you collect, properly. Then, use your immediate network and social media to shout about it. Work, your local gym or any clubs you are a part of can serve as great starting points too! You may also find that a nearby volunteer group already exists, so try to inform yourself beforehand. For those short on time or less comfortable with hosting their own clean-up why not start by committing yourself to pick up a piece of litter a day or joining key annual events such as the Great British Spring Clean or World Cleanup Day, a global initiative held across more than 180 countries in September. Either way, you’ll find that clean-ups are a highly rewarding experience and so worth it! Reduce your meat and dairy intake. As put forward by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the livestock sector alone accounts for 14.5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Within this, cattle farming is the most taxing and responsible for 65% of emissions. So if you’re not quite ready to go vegan, why not try to reduce your intake of red meats and dairy by working towards eating 80% plant-based plus opting for chicken, pork and local seafood from sustainable sources where you can. Another neat trick is to enjoy your coffee black or with plant-based milk alternatives. Ditch single-use coffee cups and water bottles. Globally, one million plastic bottles are purchased each minute. Now, add to this the billions of disposable coffee cups used each year. As more and more of these staggering statistics are uncovered, it really is no wonder that reusable bottles and coffee cups are flying off the shelves. After all, the best means of waste management is the prevention of waste altogether. To locate more than 20,000 refill stations in the UK, download the Refill app. You’ll also find that many coffee chains reward you for your eco-friendliness with savings of up to 50p per coffee. Shop conscientiously. Support brands who do good, buy local goods and avoid packaging where possible, especially plastic! For example, switch to eco-friendly cleaning products and opt for loose fruits and vegetables over those wrapped in netting or plastic. Scout out your local zero waste shops and make the transition to plastic-free across all your bathroom and beauty essentials, it’s easy enough! Smokers, cigarette butts belong in the bin. Each year, trillions of cigarette butts end up in the environment and routinely in waterways and the ocean as well. Highly toxic as they leak nicotine and heavy metals before disintegrating into microplastics, cigarette butts are one of the worst plastic pollutants that exist, yet also remain a widely accepted, unacceptable, form of littering. Get your recycling right. It’s a widespread practice, yet so many of us still get it wrong resulting in a sizeable amount of recyclable waste ending up in landfill. Agreed that keeping tabs on the dozens of recycling symbols and rules can be a headache but take the time to familiarise yourself with your local recycling scheme. You can also choose to consult our recycling guide. Fix it, don’t throw it. The internet is a powerful source of information so make use of it. Before disposing of things (in the right way, of course), consider whether you can repair or reuse them for another purpose, whether you can sell them on or give them away freely. Get imaginative and you’ll likely surprise yourself. Choose your means of transportation responsibly. Cover shorter distances by foot or bicycle, opt for public transportation more often or have a go at carpooling. Try to avoid air travel and where flying is the only option, make up for your impact through carbon offsetting, a means to donate towards environmental projects that cancel out your journey’s carbon emissions. Make sure to always opt for monitored and accredited projects such as those backed by the Gold Standard. If you really want to go in the nitty-gritty, leave heavy baggage at home and fly economy class for a higher carbon efficiency – you’ll save money too.

  • So you think you know your recycling?

    Your product has served you well and now comes the time to dispose of the empty shell. You squint at the disposal instructions and there it is, yet another recycling symbol that has you thinking WHAT THE! The good news is that you’re not alone. Nowadays consumers are up against a set of 58 widely-used recycling symbols… that’s more than twice the alphabet! In fact, differentiation has become such a headache that even millennials, which are often perceived as the most woke, have been left baffled. A survey led by the British Science Association in 2018 uncovered that 25 to 34-year-olds are more reluctant to recycle than older generations, stating their inability to determine what can and cannot be recycled as the number one reason (30%). Long story short, chances are that despite your best efforts, you’ve not been earning full marks. First things first – recycling house rules The act of throwing something away into a bin marked recycling is not enough. Recycling is a system dictated by market demand and local regulations, the success of which is reliant on everyone, including you. Wash first, then recycle. To give them a fair shot, make sure to empty recyclables of their contents. As it cannot be reliably processed, especially food residue is classed as contamination, which if too high could result in the rejection of an entire recycling load. A simple wash with residual dishwater goes a long way to help prevent recycling being burnt or sent to landfill. On the topic of contamination, keep to assigned bins (they’re there for a reason). Don’t contaminate recycling with general waste and avoid a recyclables mashup where it is not called for. Once at the wrong destination, it becomes near impossible to process items correctly. Where possible, avoid plastic altogether. And no, we’re not only referring to single-use plastics. Unlike glass and metal, which can be recycled infinitely without losing substance, plastic requires that additional virgin material be added in the recycling process. In this context, you might want to think twice about what recycling actually means. Now for some myth-busters What you thought is recyclable at kerbside but actually is not: Soap pump dispenser tops Used kitchen roll (compost it instead!) Metallised wrapping paper Coffee cups Glass that isn’t a bottle or jar Plastic bags Straws Greasy takeaway pizza boxes (compost it instead!) Soft plastic/metallic packaging e.g. pet food pouches Photo paper What you thought is not recyclable at kerbside but actually is: Used but clean kitchen foil and foil trays Empty deodorant aerosols and hairspray with the plastic cap Empty surface cleaner bottles with the trigger spray Metal lids Empty bleach bottles Recycling symbols – what this article was originally about (before we opened Pandora’s box) For a general overview of the most prevalent recycling labels, we recommend you start here. A select few symbols call for a shout-out: Green Dot It feels like the first recycling symbol you learned as a kid, but contrary to popular belief this European symbol has nothing to do with the recyclability of the product at hand. All it indicates is that the producer has made some financial contribution towards the recovery and recycling of packaging in Europe. Mobius Loop Indicative that an item is recyclable, not that it has been recycled or will be accepted in all recycling schemes going forward. A percentage figure in the centre points to what portion of the packaging is made from recycled materials. Tidyman Entirely unrelated to recycling and a simple request that you be a good citizen and not litter. Plastic resin codes Identifiers of the type of plastic you’re dealing with and governed by a 7-tier classification system. Class 1, PET, has the highest recycling value while class 7 is the catch-all category which includes non-recyclables and bioplastics. Compostable Demonstrates that an item is certified as industrially compostable according to the European standard. Most importantly, never add compostable plastics to your recycling as it is classed contamination. Instead, plastics that carry this symbol should be recycled with your garden waste through your local authority. Note that items that are home compostable, carry an entirely different symbol of their own. Remember: not all packaging will have a recycling symbol, but this doesn't mean that it can't be recycled. **DISCLAIMER** All the above is intended for general guidance only. It is highly recommended that you familiarise yourself with your local recycling scheme as there are differences.

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  • Plastic Free Cosmetics | Plastic Free Beauty | PARAPURA

    KIND TO THE PLANET. KIND TO YOU. NEW IN Quick View EcoVibe Compostable Sponge Twin Pack Price £3.99 Out of Stock Quick View UpCircle Organic Facial Serum with Coffee Oil Price £14.99 Out of Stock Quick View Flow Cosmetics Aromatherapy Body Polish - CocoLemon Price £23.50 Add to Cart Quick View OceanSaver Anti Bac - Ocean Mist Price £1.50 Add to Cart Quick View EcoVibe Compostable Sponge Twin Pack Price £3.99 Out of Stock Quick View UpCircle Organic Facial Serum with Coffee Oil Price £14.99 Out of Stock Quick View Flow Cosmetics Aromatherapy Body Polish - CocoLemon Price £23.50 Add to Cart Quick View OceanSaver Anti Bac - Ocean Mist Price £1.50 Add to Cart Quick View EcoVibe Compostable Sponge Twin Pack Price £3.99 Out of Stock HOT PICKS Plastic free doesn’t mean any less groovy. We select products that suit your lifestyle and make you look and feel your best. Shop the bestsellers that we swear by. Quick View Truthbrush Medium Castor Oil Bristles - Moss Green Price £4.50 Out of Stock Multiple Options Quick View Brushd Electric Toothbrush Heads Price £5.99 Add to Cart Quick View UpCircle Face Moisturiser with Argan Powder Price £18.99 Add to Cart Quick View Flow Cosmetics Aromatherapy Face and Body Soap - Ylang Ylang & Grapefruit Price £13.00 Add to Cart Quick View Beauty Made Easy Le Papier Lipstick - Classy Price £13.90 Add to Cart Quick View Zao Duo Shine-Up Powder Price £23.50 Add to Cart About Parapura. We obsess over all things beauty and household, spending our days trialling the latest products so you can shop with peace of mind. We can’t stand the idea of out of sight, out of mind. Everything we do is aimed at reducing waste and tackling plastic pollution head-on. Our BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) is to bring the fun to plastic free alternatives and see them through until they’re the mainstream. clean beauty, plastic-free cosmetics, sustainable essentials START YOUR JOURNEY Plastic free household cleaning Premium dental care Our brand of the month Cleaning has never been so sustainable. Rid your kitchen cupboards of unnecessary plastic waste with highly effective cleaning products. Achieve sparkling results with good conscience. Thorough oral hygiene is key to any personal care routine. Maintain a sparkling and healthy smile with our dentist-approved range because first impressions count. Since 2016, UpCircle has been championing sustainable production models repurposing waste ingredients for a circular economy. Vegan, cruelty free and handmade in the UK. SHOP NOW SHOP NOW SHOP NOW To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key. OUR BRANDS SHOP ALL


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