Sustainable Hair, Bath and Body products! Q&A with Anihana

by Rebecca Veksler on August 18, 2022

  1. Tell us about Anihana - What is your core mission? Anihana is my daughters middle name and also her late grandmother’s maiden name (Māori translation of Anderson) We rebranded a year ago and renamed. It’s a really special name to us and represents our strong family values as a business. Our mission is to encourage everyone to live their lifestyle, be happy and have fun. We do this by crafting hair, bath and body products that look and smell good enough to eat, with minimal packaging, proving that sustainably motivated beauty products can still be playful.

 

  1. Tell us how the word “ sustainability “ makes you feel. What does it mean to you? The word sustainability makes me feel optimistic. Individuals and businesses are getting on board and making changes and we have an opportunity to teach our future generation how to make better choices to better protect our planet and the people in it.

 

  1. Tell us your biggest learning when it comes to the environment & sustainability? ( Tell us about your wins and learnings ) I think I’m always learning. We know we can’t be perfect and do everything at once, so our aim is constant improvement. For example, we used to make a bath bomb with “bio” glitter on top, thinking it was better for the environment. Then a study came out that it was just as bad as normal glitter in terms of leaving micro plastics in our oceans and waterways, so we stopped making it. A win for anihana would be switching to certified home compostable packaging when we rebranded last year.

 

  1. What did it take in regards to your mindset to move into a more sustainable lifestyle? Was this a challenge or did it come naturally? Elaborate where you can! My mindset really changed once I had children. I really wanted to teach them that everyone can do their part to take care of our planet. When my daughter was born, I was also a new owner of a soap manufacturing company and it soon made me remember that I actually grew up using soap bars, so did my parents and grandparents so my children would too. Then my passion for sustainability grew and developed our solid haircare and moisturisers. I’m super proud my 3 and 5 year old wash their own hair with our shampoo bars now. Don’t get me wrong, we are not a zero waste family, it’s really hard for busy families and people but I think the bathroom is one of the easiest places to start to make swaps.

 

  1. What makes you a SoLmate? My first ever re useable coffee cup was from SoL, my husband bought me it as a present, it’s my favourite cup! 
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