Ditch the single-use plastic bottles.

By Christie Calucchia
July 14, 2020
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Along with cloth face masks, toilet paper, and home workout equipment, hand sanitizer has become a hot commodity of 2020. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there was a time when it was difficult to snag a bottle of hand sanitizer—but as beauty and wellness brands shifted their resources to make hand sanitizer that meets the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it became readily available once again. Although hand sanitizer is easier to come by now than it was at the beginning of the pandemic, popular brands like By Humankind are still selling out of it.

By Humankind is a wellness brand with a focus on sustainability. It makes refillable, plastic-free personal care products ranging from mouthwash to shampoo and, of course, hand sanitizer. The brand’s eco-friendly hand sanitizer launched in April, and to no one’s surprise, it sold out almost immediately—it took less than 24 hours, to be exact. But don’t worry; it’s back in stock now and available in even more scents than before.

It comes in an eight-ounce aluminum bottle designed to refill travel-sized plastic bottles you likely already have on hand. Each time you use the hand sanitizer to refill a smaller bottle, you’re effectively eliminating 2.36 ounces of single-use plastic waste. And when the aluminum bottle is empty, you can easily recycle it. 

The gel formula’s ingredient list couldn’t be more straightforward. It contains 65 percent ethyl alcohol, which is in line with the CDC’s recommendations, plus hyaluronic acid to keep your hands moisturized. Depending on which scent you choose, the formula also includes grapefruit essential oil, eucalyptus essential oil, or witch hazel.

To make your life even easier, By Humankind offers a subscription option so you can maintain a regular supply of germ-killing hand sanitizer without the need to re-order every time you’re running low. You can save 15 percent on your order when you opt into the subscription, or you can make a one-time purchase and pay full price. Either way, stock up on the popular eco-friendly hand sanitizer today before it sells out again.


To buy: $15; byhumankind.com.