I ran out of hair ties a few weeks ago. Hair ties only last so long before they break, and when they do they literally become trash. I don’t know if many of you follow current events, but recently Steven Hawking released a statement announcing that he believes humanity only has 200 years to find a new planet before Earth is rendered uninhabitable by Global Warming, and/or nuclear war, asteroids, or engineered viruses. While there is literally nothing I can do about asteroids or wars, I decided that I can do my part in reducing my carbon & ecological footprint.
I could only find one company, Kooshoo, that makes biodegradable and ethically sourced hair ties. I was really surprised that there was only one, but with this culture of mass consumption and waste I guess it’s really not that surprising.
About the Company: Kooshoo is a husband and Wife team based in Vancouver BC, with the mission “to consciously create fashionable and fun products”. Everything is designed in Vancouver, and produced in Los Angeles, California.
Materials: All products are made with organic cotton. They also contain tencel. I learned from the Kooshoo FAQ section that tencel is a fibre made from the Pulp of Eucalyptus trees, which is also sustainably harvested according to Kooshoo. The elastic component is a blend of cotton and natural rubber, both of which are biodegradable.
Price: A five pack of hair ties costs $15 each. I chose the colourful pack, but there are brown and black ties as well. $15 IS expensive when you can go down to the supermarket or the dollar store and find a cheaper alternative, but for $15 I know that I am buying from a small, ethically minded company and am lessening my impact on landfills at the same time.
Function: I found that these ties are a bit stiff. I can only stretch them out to wrap two loops around my hair. If I did a low pony tail they had a tendency to fall out, so I had to do a high pony where I could gather more hair to keep them in. They can pinch if you gather your hair too close to your scalp, so it’s a balancing act to making them loose enough to be comfortable without falling out. I also have shortish hair, so I feel like they would work much better for those with medium to long hair.
Thanks for reading lovelies, I hope that you guys found this review helpful! I am gradually making small changes in my lifestyle to make it more sustainable, so please let me know if you are interested in reading my updates on the process!