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Altrincham couple’s subscription box business will fill your bathroom with eco-friendly, plastic-free products

By David Prior at

A husband and wife team from Altrincham has launched a new subscription-box business – selling eco-friendly, vegan, natural and low waste essentials for the bathroom.

Lee and Zoe Shelton have launched Zed Bees, which sources products from across the UK to make swapping to an eco-friendly lifestyle as easy as possible.

The couple claim that the bathroom is the home of a huge number of plastic products, including deodorant bottles, cotton buds and toilet paper packaging, with 264 million plastic toothbrushes thrown away every year alone.

Some of the products included in the monthly subscription box

Lee explained: “Sustainability shouldn’t be difficult and it certainly shouldn’t be about sacrificing quality, price or ease.

“Zed Bees delivers plastic-free bathroom essentials directly to your door each month – or as and when you need. It’s a quick and simple way for everyone to immediately reduce the amount of plastic in their bathroom without requiring a lot of effort. Not everyone is lucky enough to have amazing local suppliers like the ones at Altrincham Market on their doorstep!”

The couple, who have two young children, say that using sustainable products has alo improved their wellbeing.

Married couple Lee and Zoe Shelton are behind Zed Bees

He added: “Knowing that the idea of not using plastics, not wasting anything and doing everything from a base of caring for the planet is deeply rewarding.

“It’s even more rewarding to see how using eco-friendly products is becoming the norm for our children. It’s exciting to think that buying plastic-free will be ingrained in them from an early age as opposed to having to make conscious swaps like our generation.”

Each box contains plastic-free, sustainable bathroom products

Zed Bees offers The Starter Box for £20, which includes Lemon & Aromatic Litsea Body Soap, Lavender & Ylang Ylang Hand Soap, a Coconut & Argan Shampoo Bar, Toothpaste Tablets, a reusable Toothpaste Tablet Tin, a Bamboo Toothbrush and an organic Body Loofah.

The Monthly Box is just £10 a month, and features Lemon & Aromatic Litsea Shower Soap, Lavender & Ylang Ylang Hand Soap, Coconut & Argan Shampoo Bar and minty fresh Toothpaste Tablets.

Suppliers include You’re Gorgeous Handmade Soap in Colwyn Bay, The Soap Shop in Bedfordshire and Brush Fresh in Bristol.