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The Green Beauty Community is thrilled to introduce Jaime Durheim, the founder of Refillery Collective, in our ongoing series of interviews with sustainable professionals. Jaime’s commitment to a cleaner and more sustainable lifestyle is truly inspiring. Let’s delve into her journey, her brand, and her vision for the future of beauty.

Meet Jaime Durheim: A Community Leader and Trailblazer

Jaime Durheim, also known as the founder of Refillery Collective, is a passionate advocate for reusing, reducing, and refilling. As she describes herself, she is on a mission to create a world without plastic waste, and she believes that this goal can be achieved collectively.

A Unique Approach to Sustainability

Refillery Collective stands out with its innovative approach to conscious behaviors. This platform provides a directory for eco-conscious shoppers to easily locate refill shops in their area. From the professional side, it offers invaluable support and resources for aspiring and existing refill store owners, empowering them to make a significant impact. The Refillery Collective connects sustainable product manufacturers with refill store owners through transparent vendor profiles, fostering collaboration and growth within their community.

Leading by Example: Sustainable Initiatives

Jaime understands that personal care and household items has a significant environmental impact and she is determined to make a difference. Here are a few practical steps she recommends for everyday consumers to support sustainability in the beauty industry:

  • Swap Your Products: Replace traditional products with zero-to-low waste alternatives, such as compostable or recyclable packaging for shampoo, conditioner, and makeup.
  • Support Local Refill Stores: Locate your nearest refill store through Refillery Collective’s directory and support these small businesses.
  • Creating conscious habits: Understand why this revolution is not going away – embrace and learn how to make it mold into your lifestyle.

Jaime’s Journey and Insights

Looking back at her journey, Jaime identifies three essential qualities that have been impactful in her quest for sustainability: determination, innovation, and collaboration. She advises aspiring sustainable advocates to develop and improve these qualities as they embark on their own journeys.

The road to a greener industry is not without its challenges. Jaime has faced obstacles, but her resilience and commitment have allowed her to overcome them. She emphasizes the importance of staying true to your values and vision, even in the face of adversity.

The response to Refillery Collective’s sustainability initiatives has been overwhelmingly positive. Both customers and fellow beauty industry professionals are excited about the platform’s potential to reduce plastic waste, promote eco-friendly practices, strengthen community, and change the status quo on single-use items.

The Future of the Beauty Industry

When asked to forecast the future of the beauty industry in terms of sustainability, Jaime envisions a greener decade ahead. She believes that more businesses will adopt low-waste practices and consumers will increasingly demand sustainable products and services. The World Economic Forum states that even refilling 10% of all packaging would save at least 7 million tonnes of plastic, no need to worry about it entering our oceans or having to worry about recycling them after. For the beauty industry, this saves a lot of waste considering most packaging comes in individual bottles.

Sustainable Inspiration

Jaime finds inspiration in a wide range of sources, including individuals, salons, brands, and organizations that share her commitment to sustainability. This diverse network keeps her motivated and creative in her journey to continue to grow the market and conversation of refilling.

Jaime Durheim and The Refillery Collective are shining examples of the positive impact that individuals can have on the industry. Their commitment to reducing plastic waste, supporting refill stores, and connecting like-minded individuals is truly commendable. As we continue our mission to promote eco-conscious businesses and creators, we’re excited to have Jaime as part of the Green Beauty Community. Together, we’re driving the beauty industry towards a greener and more sustainable future.