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Ries is making the chicest refillable travel bottles you can get your hands on. Founded by a former Vogue and Conde Nast staffer, Megan Graham has created sleek refillable containers with sustainability at the core. When it comes to traveling we often go buy travel size personal care items or buy refillable containers that we just end up throwing away mindlessly. Graham found herself running into this problem when traveling for work and wanted to find a better solution. The deep frustration caused by throwing away virgin plastic bottles and leftover product turned into a need to create change. Travel products typically do not accommodate for a variety of product needs and are not focused on sustainability. “Working in the beauty industry was the best first-hand market research, confirming that there were no options available on the market that does what Ries is designed to do.” – Megan Graham Ries Founder. Our routines are a deeply personal practice and Graham didn’t want to people to compromise their routines during their travels.
“I just thought, ‘There has to be another way, there has to be a less wasteful, more sustainable way of doing this.’” – Megan Graham, Ries Founder
Graham has a textile science degree and a years of experience in fashion and beauty marketing, culminating to make the perfect backing for Ries. Ries is a line of TSA size approved refillable containers retailing at $18 and coming in two different sizes. The bottles are crafted from recycled plastic and were created with the purpose of being consistently reused. Graham saw the plastic problem in the beauty industry and wanted to innovate the way we reuse plastics. The founder states that she created Ries for herself as the consumer and knew there were other people out there facing the same issues. This is just the beginning for Ries as they continue to test different materials in order to be as conscious with their sustainability as possible. Ries puts value on the circularity of their product and hopes choices like using up-cycled materials will become more of a norm in the beauty industry.
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