Introducing Becky, the founder of Stript Cosmetics – a ‘stripped’ skincare and make-up brand! All their products are handmade in Walsall in the Midlands, using cruelty-free and vegan ingredients, that are also free from child labour. They are also plastic-free, and all their packaging is compostable, biodegradable, 100% recyclable or reusable. They use UK-produced products where possible, and use renewable energy in their workshop. And last, but by no means least, they plant trees with every order!
They make a range on bath and body care products, that are brightly coloured and fun, like their bath scoops, bath bombs, shower fizzers, lip balms, and body butters. We love their products, and everything that they do to protect people and planet!
Why is sustainability important to you?
“I have an addiction to cosmetics, but I was getting fed up with the ever-growing mountain of plastic bottles I had in my bathroom and, with the new laws about charging for plastic-bags along with emerging media coverage of the plastic pollution problem, I realised that most of this packaging would end up in landfill. I decided to make the change and go for plastic-free beauty products. It was this active change of lifestyle that led me to discover the shocking number of single-use plastics used in the beauty industry, and how easy it was to fall victim to greenwashing tactics of some leading beauty brands. I had to do something about it. With a mission to create affordable, completely plastic-free cosmetics, Stript Cosmetics was born!”
What is your favourite thing about running your business?
“My favourite thing about running a business is that I can make the decisions myself which, for a sustainable business, is really important! For example, If I feel like a supplier is greenwashing I can switch to a better alternative. I’ve worked places before where the bottom line is most important, even if it’s not environmentally sustainable, and that’s not what I want for Stript! I also love meeting customers at craft fairs – nothing quite beats showing people products in person and it’s so lovely to chat with everyone and try some products!”
What do you love about Birmingham?
“Birmingham is so full of life, creativity and vibrance. There’s loads of amazing indie businesses in every corner and always some hidden gem waiting to be discovered which is great. Plus, the people of Brum are always so happy and friendly – I genuinely love a Birmingham accent! I get to meet a lot of Birmingham independent brands who are all working on sustainability which is fantastic for the city.”
How might people get in touch?