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Chris Lam + Harry Smith

Founders of Waste Revolution Australia


How The Beauty Industry Can Become More Sustainable With Waste Revolution’s Plastic Neutral Certification



Today’s guests Harry Smith and Chris Lam are founders of Waste Revolution Australia.

They have created Australia’s leading plastic neutral certification, which helps companies measure, reduce and offset their plastic.

I first heard about Waste Revolution Australia in 2021 when I interviewed, Inika Organic’s Global Brand Manager, Polly Roderick on episode 19 of the podcast. She announced that Inika had just become the first plastic neutral makeup brand in the world.

I was curious learn more, especially as I will be presenting at the Beauty Insiders Industry event on the topic of beauty packaging and sustainability. I’m currently deep in the research.

I have been speaking with many beauty brand founders to gain insights about their packaging and sustainability, it’s clear that it can often be a difficult and challenging process to navigate. Essentially beauty packaging is important, it's the vessel that protects and preserves a brands formulation. It maintains the integrity and shelf life of active ingredients. And packaging function and aesthetics are important for branding, retail and for engaging consumers.

Waste Revolution’s model of measure, reduce and offset plastic usage, unlocks corporate capital and channels it to recycling and plastic collection while supporting local communities. And better yet, Waste Revolution works to compliment existing consumer facing recycling programs such as Teracycle and Close The Loop.

I hope this episode inspires other beauty brands to reach out and work with Harry and Chris who are creating a new standard. One where all businesses are fully accountable for their impact on the environment – both plastic and carbon.

  • Last product you purchased - Almond Oil

  • What’s been your best beauty discovery this year - Living in the tropics - has made his skin less dry and more hydrated.

  • Your desert island skincare product - Sunscreen - preferable in plastic neutral packaging

  • Professional treatment you swear by - Harry would like to remind himself and encourage us all to donate blood to the Red Cross.

  • Best piece of beauty or wellness advice you can share - Smile :)

You can follow Harry and Chris @wasterevolution_aus on Instagram


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Thanks so much for listening and for being a part of our conscious community, we are thrilled to have you!


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