Hotel shampoo, conditioner and body wash bottles contribute significantly to the amount of plastic packaging wasted, with billions of these little bottles ordered each year. To reduce plastic waste in the bathroom, Nohbo created shampoo and other personal care products that are cased in packaging that is entirely plastic-free. The packing dissolves in water in four seconds, leaving the product behind.

Benjamin Stern came up with the idea for his company when he was 14 years old and has been working on the product since and has also received funding for research from Shark Tank.

“Nohbo Drops are comprised of two parts, an outer film utilising the most advanced up-and-coming water-soluble technology, alongside a moisturising base comprised of shampoo, conditioner, body wash or shaving cream,” said Nohbo.

The single-serve drops of shampoo, cleaners and conditioners are free of parabens, preservatives and artificial fragrances.

“The goal is to collect data and produce a case study that will show potential partners that the drops are feasible in this market,” said Stern.

Nohbo aims to target hotels as well as retail markets and believe its products could have a significant impact in reducing the waste produced by hotels chains each year.

“Hotels are a huge source of waste. They order billions of amenity bottles a year and pay around $0.25 per shampoo bottle which comprises of 85 percent water. The biggest thing in the cosmetics industry right now is creating anhydrous, or water-free products. Disney has pledged to give up 80 percent of single-use plastic, Marriott as well. Hotels can meet their zero waste goals with Nohbo while cutting costs and providing guests a novel and clean amenity offering.”