- Deodorants often come in aerosol cans or plastic roll-ons, both of which aren't usually recyclable
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) used as propellant in deodorant are some of the leading causes of smog, and reduce air quality in home and outdoors
- Many deodorants aren't so good for your skin, containing aluminium which clogs pores to prevent sweat, and preservatives like parabens which can cause hormone imbalance
There are so many issues with spray-on deodorants and plastic roll-on deodorants – from air quality and asthma, to problematic packaging. But fear not, for there are many natural deodorant brands offering great alternatives that are not only better for your health, but also for the planet. Avoid preservatives like parabens and single-use plastic which will stick around for hundreds of years, with these eco-friendly alternatives.
Deodorant sticks are very easy to use and don't require much of a change to your routine than with regular roll-on deodorants. Opting for a plastic-free deodorant made with natural materials like cardboard means you can avoid the issue of difficult-to-recycle materials and allows for a compostable solution rather than relying on more intensive recycling processes. Many deodorant sticks use natural ingredients and will vary in composition, providing you with lots of options for sensitive skin and personal style.
Refillable deodorants allow you to pretty much ditch single-waste altogether. Buying a case allows you to purchase a deodorant refill which usually come in minimal packaging. Look for refills which themselves come in compostable or recyclable packaging. There are plenty of refillable deodorant brands in the UK now with a range of scents, stylish designs and shapes.