Introducing UpCircle: Skincare with a conscience

Updated: Nov 25, 2020

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Founded in 2016, UpCircle is the brain child of brother-sister duo Will and Anna and repurposes discarded natural ingredients, transforming them into beauty products such as soaps, serums, face masks and exfoliators.

The idea was born when the siblings realised how much used coffee grounds were going to landfill on a daily basis from cafés across London. They decided to rescue the beans and use them to create a high-quality body scrub.

In an interview with Glamour magazine, co-founder Will explained, “Most other scrubs are made with cheap, low-grade Robusta coffee. At UpCircle, we use the highest-quality Arabica grounds collected from specially-selected coffee shops and restaurants. If you wouldn’t want to drink it, why would you want to put it on your face?"

UpCircle now picks up 350kg of fresh coffee grounds each day from over 100 partners, and has rescued over 250 tonnes of coffee grounds from going to landfill!

Since its inception, the company has expanded to include a variety of other rescued ingredients. Chai spices from chai tea production are used to create fragrant soap bars, whilst leftover hemp seed husks make rich face masks. Chamomile stems, a by-product of tea industry, are repurposed for soothing and refreshing toners, and the oil in date stones, discarded during the production of dates, are used in their super-hydrating moisturiser.

UpCircle products we stock at The Refill Pantry

Come and check out our range of UpCircle products, from sustainable skincare to plastic-free accessories: