“Using plastic-free covers on my shampoo bar makes one bottle less for every customer who buys it. So for every customer who buys it ten times, that’s ten less plastic bottles,” says June Rose Vaiphei, a small business owner in Manipur, India, who is creating chemical-free soap bars and shampoos on her path to sustainability.
The 56-year-old social worker and an ex officio member of the Manipur State Commission for Women, June wanted to create a product that she herself could use on her skin. After years of struggling with rashes and acne from using chemical-based products, June decided to create a sustainable skincare model that could help people take care of their skin.
“Why I started these chemical-free soaps and products is that my skin is not healthy when I use soaps from the market. It started to get itchy and I had to deal with skin problems. So I thought maybe it is because of the chemicals which are in the soaps. So I created my products which are mainly non-chemical products. I mainly manufacture chemical-free soaps and chemical-free hair care and skincare. Now, I have launched chemical-free soaps and chemical-free shampoo bars, chemical-free body butters and chemical-free skin lotions,” she says.
Unfortunately, June is unable to create a 100% sustainable business given that the current market seldom provides an end-to-end plastic-free supply chain.
Hoping for a better future that can help her create a sustainable solution, she says, “I am using plastic-free covers and packaging for my shampoo bars at the moment but for my other products I am compelled to use plastic containers and plastic bottles till now as the options in the markets are very less. But hopefully, maybe one day, I can fulfil my dream of being a plastic-free and chemical-free company.”
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