Admirable duo launch beauty banks
Beauty Banks are a not-for-profit initiative for those experiencing ‘hygiene poverty’. Launched earlier this year by Sali Hughes and Jo Jones, both with a background in beauty, they aim to support the 50% of families who use food banks and can’t afford to buy toiletries. With more and more people having to turn to food banks the need is only set to increase.
As Sali says, "Personal hygiene should be everyone's right. Being able to access basic hygiene products not only makes you feel better but it makes you feel like part of society - it helps you not to stand out, it makes you more employable, it makes it easier for teenage girls to attend school and not feel insecure that they're on their period and they can't afford protection," Hughes told us today. "Nobody would choose washing over eating if they could only afford one, but nobody should be forced to make that choice."
Working in the beauty industry we are in a great position to be able to help those who need it most. We are collecting a box to send off here in the BABTAC office and here is how you can get involved too;
Collect unused, unopened, essential toiletries, items including shampoo, shower gel, deodorant, soap, shaving products, tampons, sanitary towels, hand sanitiser and suncream. Even the little giveaway bottles from hotels are welcome.
Why not let your clients know about this great cause and start a collect in your salon, encourage people to bring something with them when they come for an appointment.
Use DropPoint to post - To help reduce postage costs Beauty Banks are working with DropPoint, you can send a 10kg parcel for £5.49, go to https://droppoint.org/beauty-banks for more information.
Shop directly - from the wishlist at online bulk buy shop easho, https://www.easho.co.uk/beauty-bank.html
Drop products off in person to - Beauty Banks, C/O Jo Jones, The Communications Store, 2 Kensington Square, London, W8 5EP. They are open Monday – Friday 8.45am – 6pm.
It is worth keeping your eye out on social media for more developments as the team at Beauty Banks are still looking for other ways to make donating easier and they also post updates about what products are needed most.